Newcomers' Guide and FAQ

Q. How do I enroll my child in a TUSD school?

A. To enroll your child at your attendance area school, bring one proof-of-residency document and your child's immunization records and birth certificate to the school. (See How to Enroll Your Child for the types of documents you can bring to prove your residency.) Fill out the registration form at the school. For complete information, read How to Enroll Your Child

Q. How old must my child be to attend school?

A. Students must be 5 years of age before September 1 of the current school year to attend kindergarten and 6 years of age before September 1 to enter first grade. For more information, see Policy JEB and Regulation JEB-R.

Other Frequently Asked Questions

Who to Call?

  • For enrollment questions, call your school or School Community Services, 520-225-6400.
  • For transportation questions, call TUSD Transportation, 520-225-4800.

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Q. What school will my child attend?

A. Unless you have made special arrangements through Open Enrollment, your child will attend your attendance area school. To find your attendance area school, use Pima Association of Government's School-Address Lookup or call School Community Services, 225-6400.

Q. Does my child have to attend the attendance area school?

A. No. Through Open Enrollment, you can apply to have your child attend any school in TUSD.

Q.How can I get my child into special programs like Magnet Schools or GATE?

A. Complete a School Choice/Open Enrollment Application to have your child attend a Magnet School. To participate in the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program, students are evaluated by the district. Fill out a Permission to Evaluate form and submit it to your school to have your child evaluated for GATE. For more information, see GATE web page.

Q. Do TUSD schools offer before and after school care?

A. Yes! Many elementary and some middle schools offer before and after school care. See the list of Before and After School Programs for more information.

Q. Are there any preschool programs at TUSD?

A. Yes! TUSD's Infant and Early Learning Centers offer quality childcare at affordable rates for young children ages two through five.

TUSD's Community Schools also offer preschool program at several elementary schools. In addition, TUSD offers preschool to income-eligible families through PACE, and our Exceptional Education department offers additional programs for eligible students. See the Preschool page for more information.

Q. How can I become more involved in my child's school?

A. As a parent, you can become involved in your school in many ways: through volunteering, participating in School Councils and the School Community Partnership Council, and by joining the Parent-Teacher-Student association. 

Q. When are the first and last days of schools, holidays, and half-days for this school year?

A. The complete school calendar is available at the Calendar web page.

Q. What will the school be serving for breakfast and lunch?

A. See the School Menus for the monthly school meal menu.

Q. What are the district's student discipline procedures?

A. The Guidelines for Student Rights and Responsibilities are intended to help create a positive and safe teaching and learning environment in our schools.  See the Student Guidelines for complete information about student rights, responsibilities, and discipline at TUSD schools.

Q. What should my child wear to school?  Does my child have to wear a uniform?

A.TUSD Governing Board policy JICA sets the standards of dress for TUSD schools. Some schools require uniforms. Refer to Exhibit JICA-E (in Word | in PDF) for the list of schools currently requiring uniforms.  If you have more questions regarding the dress code at your child's school, please ask the principal.