MY GUIDE > How to Enroll Your Child in a Texas Public School

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The enrollment 1-2-3

Here are the three basic steps to enroll your child in a Texas public school, plus some other good things to know:
1. Use Google or another search tool to find the public school nearest to your home. This is usually the school your child should attend. Type “nearest public school” in the search box, then use the map to find the school nearest your home.

2. Call the school. Explain where you live and your child’s age and ask them to confirm that they are the right school.

3. Visit the school to start the enrollment process. Bring your child’s immunization records (or an immunization waiver or "exclusion" from the Department of State Health Services) and birth certificate, or other proof of identity and residency.

Learn more about Enrolling Your Child in School.

If you are moving from a different public school: Make sure the old school sends your child’s records to the new school. You can ask the school secretary at either school about this.

If you need a birth certificate, order one through the Texas.gov Vital Records Application. Or call them toll free at 1-888-963-7111, TDD: 1-800-735-2989.

If you need help paying the birth certificate fee call 211 and ask if assistance is available. 

See info about the immunizations your child must have to enroll in school from Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). 

Get more immunization information for parents from the Texas DSHS Immunization Branch.

Learn how to get an exclusion from the immunization requirement by viewing or downloading Frequently Asked Questions Vaccine Exemption for Reasons of Conscience (PDF). En español, Preguntas más frecuentes Exención de vacunación por razones de conciencia (PDF).