Ernestine Adams, Director of Elementary Education
Emily Murphy, District Student Data Manager
Brooke Parham, Early Learning Coordinator (PreK / Preschool)
- When is the first day of PreK and Kindergarten for the 2022/23 School Year?
The first day of Kindergarten is Wednesday, August 10, 2022
The first day for PreK is Monday, August 15, 2022.
During the enrollment process, please select August 1, 2022 as the first day of school.
When does the PreK / Kindergarten enrollment process start in Dickson County?
The PreK enrollment process will start on Monday, April 4, 2022 and end on
Friday, April 29, 2022.
The Kindergarten enrollment process will start on Monday, April 25, 2022 and end on
Friday, April 29, 2022. Enrollment will remain open online until May 1, 2022 for Kindergarten enrollment.
How do I enroll my PreK / Kindergarten child during this enrollment window?
All enrollment is now conducted online. Directions to access the online enrollment application are explained in more detail below in #5.
If you do not have a device with reliable internet service, you may visit your child’s zoned school during the first week of enrollment and use a school laptop to complete your child’s online application. See the chart at the end of this document for contact information.
If you have questions regarding enrollment, office staff will also be available by phone or email during school hours. For PreK questions, please contact Brooke Parham at [email protected] or (615) 446-2085, ext 20300.
For the Preschool Peers program enrollment and information, please go to https://www.dcstn.org/InclusivePreschoolProgram.aspx. The teacher will notify you when further enrollment is needed.
- On which devices may I access online enrollment?
You may use a desktop computer, laptop or Chromebook. You may also use a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet but it is not recommended. Reliable internet access will also be necessary to access and submit the enrollment application in Skyward. If you need translation assistance, the Google Chrome browser is recommended using the Translation feature or you may contact Dr. Vivian McCord at (615) 446-7571 for assistance.
How do I begin online enrollment?
Use the links below to access the online enrollment portal. Please make sure the school year is correct when you begin enrollment. Got questions? Check out these helpful videos for answers.
Online Kindergarten Registration Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eI5-AoCz_lE
Voluntary Pre-K Enrollment Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GN54otzu7Vw
Pre-K Eligibility and Selection Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsBq9RqQ82w
Online Registration Tutorial (Computer Version): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clOismbVlTQ
Online Registration Tutorial (Phone Version): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etj0eQdVkwo
If you have not had a student enrolled in Dickson County Schools before, you will click here: Skyward Account Creation as the first step in the enrollment process.
If you have had or currently do have a Dickson County School student, you may access your Family Access portal for a direct link to enroll your child. You will log in by clicking here: Dickson County Schools Skyward You will need to select Family/Student Access in the login area selection.
If you do not have your login information, you may click the Forgot your Login/Password? link or you may contact your school's data manager listed in the directory at the end of this guide.
The ability to complete an application is turned on for all guardians in Family Access so please submit only one application per child.
Once in Skyward Family Access, you may need to click the Open Family Access button to enter family access. You will select NEW Student Online Enrollment in the upper left.
Skyward Account Creation link: https://sis-dickson.tnk12.gov/scripts/wsisa.dll/WService=wsDICStu/skyenroll.w
Dickson County Schools Skyward link : https://sis-dickson.tnk12.gov/scripts/wsisa.dll/WService=wsDICStu/seplog01.w
Where can I find information regarding documents needed for enrollment?
You can find this information on our district website under Student Enrollment. Please upload the following documentation during your online enrollment to prevent a delay in your child's enrollment process. These records must be evaluated for your child’s entry into school. You may also deliver hard copies of this documentation to your school, if you are unable to upload them. (Tip: You can snap a picture of your documents using a smartphone to create a digital copy to submit online.)
To upload the documentation, please use the Browse or Choose File buttons during the enrollment process to locate the file on your device. Upload the file that corresponds to the description on the same line.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are using a computer without a scanner, you can fill out as much of the online form as possible. Do not click submit but, instead, choose Save and Logout. Then you can log back in using a tablet or smartphone and complete the upload process using the tablet or smartphone camera to take photos of the required documents.
The following documents are required for enrollment in Dickson County Schools.
1. PROOF OF CHILD'S AGE (Birth Certificate or Mother’s Copy)
2. TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH CERTIFICATE OF IMMUNIZATION FORM CHECKED FOR YOUR GRADE LEVEL.
3. COMPLETE, CURRENT PHYSICAL EXAMINATION (Only if first time enrolling in Tennessee school)
4. THREE PROOFS OF RESIDENCE (home ownership proof, rental agreement, driver's license, voter registration card, current utility bill, cable bill, etc.)
The following documents are requested for certain situations, if applicable.
5. ANY CUSTODY PAPERWORK (Power of Attorney is not allowed. Paperwork must be a court order with a judge’s signature.) The entire document needs to be provided to the school, to be kept on file.
6. IEP for students with a disability. The entire IEP, if available, is necessary to ensure correct placement for grades K-12. The IEP documentation is also for PreK selection.
7. PreK Only: TIER DOCUMENTATION as noted on the Voluntary PreK District Application
*This includes the completed Income Eligibility Form.
What else will I need to do after I have completed enrollment?
After you have completed all required steps (including uploading the required documentation) and have submitted your child’s application for enrollment, please check your email regularly for contact from your child’s school. If any additional information is needed, you will be contacted.
PLEASE NOTE: The online enrollment process will take the place of any enrollment paperwork required for your child’s entry into school. However, any documents not uploaded in their entirety (i.e. custody paperwork, IEPs) will need copies provided to the school on or before your child’s first day.
Which is the preferred method of student enrollment?
We prefer that parents register their child using the online method. This will ensure accuracy and will create an instant Skyward account that parents can access and update throughout their child’s school career.
A Skyward account will also be set up for students who are registered by paper. The login information will be provided after the school data manager enters the student information into the portal. If you require a paper packet, please understand that there will be a delay in receiving your child’s Skyward login information. You may contact your school to pick up a paper packet or pick up a packet from the District Office.
How will I know if my child is accepted into one of the five PreK classes?
If your student’s PreK application is complete, including all necessary documentation, you will receive notification of placement by May 26, 2022. Priority is given to those students who meet Tier 1 criteria.
Beginning August 1, 2022, you will be contacted with your Skyward login information and given a screening date and time. The classroom teacher will follow up with you once the screening has been completed.
I am interested in applying for out-of-zone attendance for my kindergarten child.
We ask that all parents enroll their children at their zoned school initially. In order to determine your zoned school, please access the Zoning Search Tool at https://www.dcstn.org/ZoningInformation.aspx.
In late May or early June, the out-of-zone application window will be opened. The out-of-zone form can be found on the district website under Student Enrollment.
Completed forms may be dropped off at the school you are requesting, the District Office, or emailed to the requested school’s principal. The principal will review your request and notify you in writing as to the decision.
- Will my child still be able to start school if I am unable to get his/her immunization and physical before the first day of school?
We will be discussing grace periods for these situations. In the meantime, please move forward with the enrollment process and make appointments as soon as possible.
We look forward to meeting your child.