logo
    • Phone :
    • (207) 874-8100
    • Address :
    • 353 Cumberland AvePortland, Maine 04101
    • Connect with us:

School Enrollment

this is content
School Enrollment

School Registration 

Welcome to the Portland Public Schools! 

Portland Public Schools enrollment is open for the 2019-20 school year. You can enroll online using our new Online Enrollment Application process. Parents/guardians can provide their child's information electronically, and save time and paperwork. 

Click on the registration page links below to enter our Online Registration Portal to enroll your student.  You may also choose to go to your neighborhood school, or to any of Portland’s public schools, to use a kiosk to enter your online registration.

Once your registration is complete, you will need to go to your neighborhood school and present supporting documents to have your online registration completed and verified. 

If you need technical assistance navigating through the online registration please call (207) 874-8237 to speak to someone who can help.

If you need help determining what your neighborhood school is, please click here or send an email to inquiry@portlandschools.org with your home address and the grade(s) of your child/children and we will get back to you with your neighborhood schools.

For Grades 9-12, we have three high schools for you to choose from: Casco Bay High School, Deering High School, and Portland High School. You can contact the school of your choice directly to register.

Families who need translation/interpretation services should contact the Portland Public Schools' Multilingual & Multicultural Center at (207) 874-8135.

Registration Page Links

Kindergarten Registration       
2019-2020 (please know that 2020-2021 registrations do not open until mid February 2020)

Pre-Kindergarten Pre-Registration 

2020-21

Grades 1 - 12 Registration 
2020-21


To request a school that is not in your neighborhood

If you wish to request an "out of neighborhood" placement or a Superintendents' Waiver, please click here, or send your email request to inquiry@portlandschools.org.

Please note the following: 

Criteria for Granting a Request
These criteria are established in accordance with Board Policy JFB: Educational Options Policy that balances the value of neighborhood schools, family choice, and impact on school demographics. Out of Neighborhood requests will only be granted if they meet one of the criteria below:

A.
     The first criteria is to determine if sufficient space exists at the requested grade level.

B.     If there is sufficient space, then the following preferences are considered in this order:

1.     Child of a staff member at the assigned school or requested school.

2.     Sibling of another student already enrolled in the requested school.

3.      Documented harassment and/or conflict by a student or staff related to the assigned school.

4.     Child of any PPS staff.

1. The first criteria is to determine if sufficient space exists at the requested grade level.

2. If there is sufficient space, then the following preferences are considered in order:

1. Child of a staff member at the assigned school or requested school.

2. Sibling of another student already enrolled in the requested school.

3. Documented harassment and/or conflict by a student or staff related to the assigned school.

4. Child of any PPS staff.


All requests are approved for the duration of the grade span of the school provided the student and family maintain positive attendance, behavior, and academic standing.

Process to request a new K-8 placement for the following school year

1. Family visits their neighborhood school and meets with the principal of their neighborhood school prior to submitting a request.

2. Request form opens on January 1.

3. For grades 1-8: 

1. Requests are received through May 1.

2. Decisions are made for the first round of requests by May 15

1. Evaluate applications to determine who meets the criteria.

3. Decisions are communicated to families by June 1.

4. IC systems are updated by June 1.

5. Any requests received after May 1 will be considered on a rolling basis and approved only if space remains and one of the above criteria are met.

4. For K:

1. Requests are received through July 31.

2. Decisions are made for the first round of requests by August 10.

1. Evaluate applications to determine who meets the criteria.

3. Decisions are communicated to families by August 15.

4. IC systems are updated by August 15.


1.         Family visits their neighborhood school and meets with the principal of their neighborhood school prior to submitting a request.
 
2.         Request form opens on January 1.

3.         For grades 1-8:
a. Requests are received through May 1.
b. Decisions are made for the first round of requests by May 15.
i. Evaluate applications to determine who meets the criteria.
c. Decisions are communicated to families by June 1.
d. IC systems are updated by June 1. 
e. Any requests received after May 1 will be considered on a rolling basis and approved only if space remains and one of the above criteria are met.

4.         For K:
a. Requests are received through July 31.
b. Decisions are made for the first round of requests by August 10. 
i.
 Evaluate applications to determine who meets the criteria. 
c. Decisions are communicated to families by August 15.
d. IC systems are updated by August 15. 
e. Any requests received after July 31 will be considered on a rolling basis and approved only if space remains and one of the above criteria are met.