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Enrollment

Enrolling Your Child in TCAPS!

Thank you for considering Traverse City Area Public Schools for your child’s educational journey. We are delighted to partner with you to help your child and every student reach his or her potential in an engaging, inspiring and challenging environment.

Traverse Heights Elementary students reading.

With the support of our dedicated team of educators, staff and administrators, TCAPS students are challenged to use their imaginations, engage their critical thinking skills and become inspired to develop habits that will help them continue to learn and grow for the rest of their lives.

We invite you to become fully involved in the educational journey of your student and our community’s youth—as a parent, volunteer, mentor, booster and community supporter of our public schools. The Board of Education, administration and staff of TCAPS are grateful to serve our community’s youth and for the many caring circles of families and friends who work together in partnership with our schools to create a bright future for our children.

SUBMIT INTEREST SURVEY NOW FOR FALL 2022

Want to learn more about a particular school?

Parents and students interested in learning more about any of our schools are welcome to schedule a tour. To schedule a tour, please contact the school office directly. Our staff will be very happy to work with you and answer any questions that you may have about enrollment, programs or the school itself. View a listing of our schools. Additional information for prospective families can be found under the For Parents tab. 

PDF DocumentTCAPS Information for Incoming Freshmen 2022/23

Want to learn more about a particular program?

Follow the links below to learn more about our early childhood and elementary programs:

Kindergarten, Junior Kindergarten, and Montessori

PDF DocumentTCAPS First Steps Kindergarten Guide

2022/23 Important Enrollment Dates

 

Kindergarten & Junior Kindergarten Enrollment Dates

Registration will open April 6, 2022 at 9:00am
 

Parent Information Sessions (Virtual):

March 3, 2022

  • Willow Hill Elementary School
    1250 Hill Street
    5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    WH Google Meet

March 10, 2022

  • Central Grade School
    301 West Seventh Street
    5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    CE Google Meet
     
  • Courtade Elementary School
    1111 Rasho Road
    5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    CO Google Meet
     
  • Westwoods Elementary School
    1500 Fisher Road
    5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    WW Google Meet

March 15, 2022

  • Blair Elementary School
    1625 Sawyer Road
    5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    BL Google Meet
     
  • Cherry Knoll Elementary School
    1800 Three Mile Road, N.
    5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    CK Google Meet
     
  • Eastern Elementary School
    1600 Eastern Avenue
    5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    EA Google Meet
     
  • Long Lake Elementary School
    7600 N. Long Lake Road
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    LL Google Meet
     
  • Silver Lake Elementary School
    5858 Culver Road
    5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    SL Google Meet
     
  • TCAPS Montessori at Glenn Loomis
    1009 Oak Street
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    MO Google Meet
     
  • Traverse Heights Elementary School|
    933 Rose Street
    5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    TH Google Meet

March 23, 2022

  • Junior Kindergarten
    (Available locations pending enrollment)
    5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    JK Google Meet

 

High School Enrollment Dates
 

  • February 1, 2022 @ 6PM: TC West Senior High School (WSH) 8th into 9th Parent Info Night
    6:00 p.m. at West Senior High, in-person or check calendar the next day for recording at https://www.tcaps.net/schools/high-schools/wsh/about/calendar/ 

  • March 8, 2022 @ 6PM: TC Central High School (CHS) 8th into 9th Parent Info Night
    6:00 p.m. at Central High School, parents & students welcome. Learn more at https://www.tcaps.net/schools/high-schools/chs/about/calendar/

  • April 28, 2022 @ 4PM: WSH 8th into 9th Tour and Information Session
    4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. at WSH. Sign up here.

  • April 30, 2022 @ 9AM: CHS 8th into 9th Tour and Information Session
    9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. at CHS. Sign up here.

  • May 4, 2022 @ 5:30PM: CHS 8th into 9th Tour and Information Session
    5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at CHS. Sign up here.

  • May 7, 2022 @ 9AM: TCAPS Test Out at Central High School
    Students can test out at either location, regardless of which high school they will attend. For more information, visit https://www.tcaps.net/programs/highschools/test-out/ 

  • May 10, 2022 @ 6PM: TCAPS Test Out at West Senior High
    Students can test out at either location, regardless of which high school they will attend. For more information, visit https://www.tcaps.net/programs/highschools/test-out/ 

PDF DocumentTCAPS Information for Incoming Freshmen 2022/23


Middle School Enrollment Information

PDF DocumentWest Middle School Registration Information 2022/23

PDF DocumentEast Middle School Registration Information 2022/23

 

Enrollment Forms

Preschool Enrollment

The forms below are not intended for preschool students. Preschool enrollment is an online process that requires an access ID prior to registering. For more information on enrolling your preschooler, please visit our preschool webpage or call 231.933.1759.

K-12 Enrollment Forms

The following forms need to be completed and turned in prior to your K-12 child attending his/her first day of school with TCAPS:

  • PDF DocumentStudent Registration Form (for students new to the district) or PDF DocumentStudent Transfer Form ( if transferring your student from one TCAPS school to another)
  • Immunization record in accordance with state statute. Students who enroll in a public school who do not have up-to-date immunizations or an authorized waiver will not be allowed to attend school until appropriate paperwork is on file in the school office.  [view immunization requirements]
  • Certified birth certificate or other birth documentation if accompanied by a birth affidavit (A birth affidavit form can be obtained from any school office)
  • Proof of residency in the TCAPS district or paperwork requesting release from another school district

Additional Forms

The following forms are not required in order to attend a TCAPS school, however, the information would allow TCAPS to better serve you and your child:

Where to Send Completed Registration Forms

Enrollment forms may be returned directly to the main office of the school your child will be attending. View school locations/mailing addresses here.

Traditional Kindergarten

Traditional kindergarten is offered at all TCAPS elementary schools. Students attend a full day, Monday through Friday. School times vary based on location.  Learn more.

Academic content includes: 

  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Art
  • Library

Kindergarten Starting Age: Must be 5 by September 1

To enroll in kindergarten, a child must be five years old on or before September 1 of the enrollment year.  However, according to Michigan law,* if a child residing in a district is not five years of age on or before September 1, but will turn five years of age not later than December 1 of the enrollment year, the parent or legal guardian may choose to enroll their child in kindergarten.

Junior Kindergarten

Sometimes, students may benefit academically or socially from the gift of a year of extra time prior to entering our traditional kindergarten program. The Junior Kindergarten program exists to serve this purpose. Typically, these students are also some of the youngest kindergarten eligible students that we serve. The program is the first year of a two-year kindergarten experience and is designed to provide children additional time to develop their skills prior to entering kindergarten. Learn more.


TCAPS Kindergarten Guide

PDF DocumentTCAPS First Steps Kindergarten Guide
 

School Readiness & Early Enrollment

When in receipt of a waiver request, districts can make recommendations to the child’s parent or legal guardian, as to the child’s readiness for school, and whether or not the child should be enrolled early. Regardless of a district’s recommendation, the parent or legal guardian retains the sole discretion to enroll their child. Questions regarding enrollment should be directed to Mary Beth Stein at steinma@tcaps.net or 231.933.1718.

Interest Survey

For more information regarding the Junior Kindergarten program and/or registration assistance, please contact Kim Bails at bailski@tcaps.net or 231.933.1779.

Want to learn more about a particular school?

Parents and students interested in learning more about any of our schools are welcome to schedule a tour. To schedule a tour, please contact the school office directly. Our staff will be very happy to work with you and answer any questions that you may have about enrollment, programs or the school itself. Additional information for prospective families can be found under the For Parents tab. 

Elementary School Enrollment

Follow the links below for additional information:

Middle School Enrollment

Follow the links below for additional information:

PDF DocumentWest Middle School Registration Information 2022/23

PDF DocumentEast Middle School Registration Information 2022/23

High School Enrollment

Follow the links below for additional information:

PDF DocumentTCAPS Information for Incoming High School Freshmen 2022/23

For additional K-12 enrollment questions, please contact Mary Beth Stein at 231.933.1718 or steinma@tcaps.net. For preschool questions, please contact Kelly Gignilliat at 231.933.1759 or gignillike@tcaps.net

Enrollment Questions

For additional K-12 enrollment questions, please contact Mary Beth Stein at 231.933.1718 or steinma@tcaps.net. For preschool questions, please contact Kelly Gignilliat at 231.933.1759 or gignillike@tcaps.net