Parents took advantage of Gwinnett County's on-site kindergarten registration last year at Baggett Elementary School in Lawrenceville. The county devised a system to make the first day smoother by asking parents to fill out questionnaires about their kids beforehand and allowed rising kindergartners to visit the school in advance . HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Gwinnett offers rising kindergartners first taste of school this week

Gwinnett County Public Schools continues its tradition of allowing rising kindergartners the chance to experience a little bit of the student experience before the first day of school.

This year that event will take place on Thursday, May 2. Thousands of Gwinnett County children will experience their first taste of school as their parents register them for kindergarten.

Parents and guardians of children who will be five years old on or before Sept. 1, 2019, should begin gathering information that they will need to register their children. Online registration for new kindergarten students is open. To begin the registration process, visit your school’s website.

While much of the registration process is completed online, parents will need to complete the registration process at their local school on May 2. If parents are unsure which school their child will attend, they can enter their address using GCPS’ school locator web page ( to identify their attendance zone. 

Kindergarten in GCPS is a full-day program. Registration for the new school year takes place before the summer to provide time to organize classes and to allow students to participate in local school activities that will help them get ready for their first day of school, Monday, Aug. 5. 

Parents and guardians should call their local elementary school for registration times, and visit the “2018 Kindergarten Registration” section on the GCPS website ( for more information and school phone numbers. 

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