How to Enroll

  • Registration Information 
    Students are assigned to schools based on the location of their residence.  Beginning students should register at their prospective schools.  When entering the Gaston County school system from other districts, parents may contact the Student Assignment Office located at the former Forest Heights Elementary School, #1 Learning Place, Gastonia (704-810-7284) for assignment to a school.  All new students entering Gaston County Schools for the first time should provide:
    • Child’s birth certificate or proof of age/birth date
    • Valid ID of parent/guardian registering child*
    • Two current proofs of residence documents within 30 days (power, water, gas, cable, landline telephone, rent or mortgage bill) or Residence Affidavit**
    • Immunization record and health assessment for first-time enrollment in North Carolina public schools

    *Valid ID of parent/guardian registering child: North Carolina law requires that a biological parent, court ordered legal guardian/custodian (court document required), or Department of Social Services (DSS) placement representative (kinship paperwork required) should present a child for school enrollment (this excludes stepparents.) Persons registering a child for kindergarten should be prepared to present a valid ID and/or required legal documentation at registration.

    **Residence Affidavit: If the parent/guardian of child does not have any “proof of residence” bills in his/her name and lives with others, a Residence Affidavit must be obtained at registration. The following is required to obtain a Residence Affidavit:

    • Child’s parent/guardian must be present and have his/her valid ID
    • The person a child’s family resides with and who has “proof of residence” bills in his/her name must be present and have his/her valid ID
    • Two current “proof of residence” bills (power, water, gas, cable, landline telephone, rent or mortgage)
    • Residence Affidavits may be obtained at the registration site. Please bring all required documents and persons involved must be present.

    Please call the Gaston County Schools Student Assignment Office, (704) 810-7284, if you have questions.