Student Entrance Requirements

Requirement Pre-K K 1st Out of State Transfers
For 1st Time
Out of State Transfers
Not 1st Time
Out of County
But In State Transfers
In County Private or Public Transfers
1. Legal certificate of birth date which shows parents’ names or proof of age acceptable under Florida Law (See #1 below) X X X X X X
2. Physical Examination within 12 months of registration completion needed at K or at 1st entrance to Florida Schools (See #2 below) X X X *See #2 Below *See #2 Below *See #2 Below
3. Florida Certificate of Immunization (form DH 680) (See #3 below.) X X X X X X X
4. Two proofs of residency (See #4 below) X X X X X X X
5. Withdrawal and transfer form from the school student had been attending (See #5 below) X
6. Must be 5 years old on or before September 1st of the school year. There is no early entry. X
7. Child must be 6 years old on or before September 1 of the school year. Student has completed Kindergarten. Student may be admitted any time during the school year. X


All home-schooled students that participate in public school academic or athletic events must comply with the Polk County Public Schools entrance requirements.


Student living in a homeless situation are students who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate night- time residence and include students that (1) live with another family or in a hotel due to economic need (2) live in a shelter or (3) live on the street. These students may not be able to currently meet entrance requirements and should be enrolled and fully participating while obtaining required documents. Call Ben Ruch at 863-457-4709 ext. 683 for assistance.


Florida Statute 1008.386 says, “Each district school board shall request that each student enrolled in a public school in this state provide his or her social security number.” In accordance with law, the school district uses confidential social security information for a number of important reasons like making accurate student identification, for college transcripts, and other legitimate state and federal educational programs, including but not limited to free and reduced lunch programs, health department programs, Medicaid/Medicare, grants, and financial aid opportunities. Presenting a student’s social security card or a copy of the card to school enrollment officials satisfies this request. To protect student’s identification, the school district takes reasonable and appropriate steps to secure social security numbers from unauthorized access and unlawful release to unauthorized parties. A student is not required to provide his or her social security number as a condition for enrollment or graduation.

Immunization Requirements

X” Denotes required immunizations per grade level

*** Pre-K students must have started the series, and have a current immunization certificate

Students who are not in compliance with immunization laws are required to be excluded from school. (Immunizations given four days before a minimum interval or age will be counted as valid.) These immunization requirements apply to all new students and retained students.

1.MMR(one shot): Measles, mumps and rubella must have been given on or after the child’s first birthday.

2.MMR(two shots): The minimum interval between the 2 doses of MMR is 28 days.

3.POLIO(3-5 doses):Kindergarten: All kindergarteners need one polio on or after fourth birthday. If fourth dose of polio vaccine was administered on or after the fourth birthday, a fifth dose of polio vaccine is not required for entry into kindergarten. First through twelfth grade: If third dose of polio was given on or after the fourth birthday, a fourth dose is not required. The final dose of the polio series should be administered on or after the fourth birthday regardless of the number of previous doses.

4.DTP/DTaP(5 shots): If the fourth dose of DTP/DTaP was given on or after the fourth birthday, a fifth dose is not required. Students between ages 7 and 12 (before 7thgrade) may be considered complete with three doses and evaluation by the Department of Health School Nurse.

5.Tdap (one shot): One dose of Tdap is required for students entering, repeating or transferring into seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth and eleventh, and twelfth grade. Tdap can be administered regardless of the interval since the last Td vaccine was given.

6.Td or Tdap: Tdap is the requirement for grades 7 – 12.

8.Hib: Number of doses of Hib varies according to age and the type of vaccine received.

9.Varicella(one shot or signed proof of disease): Varicella must have been given on or after child’s first birthday.