Enrolling New Students
IMPORTANT NOTE: Students new to MCS who are not registered before the first day of school (Tuesday, August 3rd) may register at their student’s school at the following times:
Starting Aug. 4th
Marietta Middle School – 9:00 am - noon
Marietta Sixth Grade – 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
All Elementary Schools – 9:30 am – noon (not applicable to MCAA)
For Marietta High School students, no new student registration will occur on
Tuesday, August 3rd or Wednesday, August 4th.
All registrations will be by appointment only at:
Marietta City Schools uses Registration Gateway, an online student registration system. This allows guardians to register students on any device with an internet connection. Simply visit Registration Gateway and upload your documents all from the comfort of home!
For questions on what documentation is required for registration, see Required Registration Documents.
Please visit our Emily Lembeck Early Learning Center (ELC) if you are interested in our Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) program. Registration for the Early Learning Center for 2021-2022 will open February 1, 2021 and close March 31, 2021. Families will be notified of acceptance by April 2, 2021. In order for acceptance to be confirmed ALL required registration documents should be uploaded into Registration Gateway. See above for required registration documents. Any registrations completed after March 31, 2021 will be placed on a waitlist. If assistance is needed with registration, please contact the ELC front office at 678-919-4590. For MCS Employees, please complete the Employee Agreement Form in addition to registering your student.
MCS Choice Academies Program
The Marietta City Schools Choice Program allows students to attend a different elementary school than the one for which they are zoned. Please visit our Choice Academies for more information on which school may best meet your student's needs. This does not include the Marietta Center for Advanced Academics (MCAA), which is a STEAM magnet school. For information on applying to the MCAA Magnet Program, please visit MCAA Application Procedures. For information on the Magnet Program for grades 6-8, please visit MSGA Sixth Grade Magnet Program or MMS Magnet Program.
The application window for Choice opens on the 1st Monday in November and closes the 3rd Friday in December. This process is NOT first-come, first-served; students will be accepted based on availability in the requested school.
Students will be notified of their acceptance status the last Friday in January.
MCS Tuition Program
The Marietta City Schools Tuition Program allows students who do not live in the Marietta City School district to attend an MCS school by paying tuition. Out-of-district students interested in applying to the Marietta Center for Advanced Academics STEAM Magment Program should visit MCAA Application Procedures for more information.
Current tuiton cost is $150 per month.
The following criteria must be met for consideration:
- Above average grades and standardized test scores, history of good behavior, good attendance, and timely payment of past tuition fees.
- Student can be accommodated by current instructional program services which will meet the educational, physical and emotional needs of the student without overcrowding classrooms.
- Marietta City Schools must be able to accommodate the applicant without placing undue financial burden on the school system.
- The student must provide Marietta City Schools the following documents in acceptable form before enrollment can be considered:
- The Transcript (report card and standardized test scores) from the student’s former school.
- Discipline records from student’s former school as required by the laws of the State of Georgia.
- Attendance Record from student’s former school.
- Students are subject to suspension, dismissal or expulsion in accordance with all Marietta City Schools’ policies or regulations and, upon any such dismissal or expulsion, all obligations of Marietta City Schools shall be null and void.
- Students will not be eligible to play in varsity competition for the first year of enrollment, as governed by the Georgia High School Association By-Law 1.63.
- Marietta City Schools does not provide transportation for tuition students. Parents or Guardians are solely responsible for the student’s transportation to and from school. The Superintendent shall have the right to refuse admittance to any applicant if, in his/her opinion, accepting the student would not be in the best interest of the school system.
The application window for Tuition opens on the 1st Monday in January and closes the last Friday in February. Students will be accepted based on availability in the requested school.
Students will be notified of their acceptance status the first Friday in April.
Employee Child Programs
Employees of the Marietta City School District may elect to have their child(ren) attend Marietta City Schools. There are two Employee Child Programs: Non-Work Site and Work Site.
The application window for Employee Child Programs opens on the 1st Monday in January and closes the last Friday in February. Students will be accepted based on availability in the requested school, with the exception of Work Site placements. Work Site placements are guaranteed by Georgia law.
Students will be notified of their acceptance status the first Friday in April.
Completing all steps in the registration process and providing required information will assist us in enrolling your child in a timely manner.
Kindergarten and first-grade students entering a Georgia public school for the first time must be age 5 on or before September 1 to enter kindergarten and age 6 on or before September 1 to enter first grade.
The following items are needed when a parent or guardian enrolls their child. Students transferring in from another school/school district should provide withdrawal papers from the previous school/school district:
- Birth Certificate (copy acceptable)
If no birth certificate is available, other documents may be accepted such as INS document or state/federal form with date of birth.
- Custody Documentation
Upon registering in the Marietta City School System, a parent must provide satisfactory documentation of a relationship with the student to be registered.
Satisfactory documentation includes:
- Natural parent - Birth certificate
- Adoptive parent - Official adoption decree
- Guardian - Official guardianship decree.
If the person enrolling a student is not the legal guardian, they must complete a non-parental affidavit. Marietta City Schools will provisionally enroll a student for a period of not more than 30 days so the person can file an official guardianship application with the Probate Court. At the end of the 30 days if the official guardianship application has not been filed, the student shall be withdrawn. Once a guardianship application has been filed, the person enrolling a student has up to 90 days from the date of enrollment to complete the guardianship process. Extensions beyond 90 days must be approved by the superintendent or his/her designee.
- Foster parent - Official foster parent letter.
- Hearing, Dental, Vision and Nutrition Screening Certificate as required by Georgia Law 20-2-770 (Georgia Form 3300) for all kindergarten and new first grade students, all students new to Georgia and any child enrolling from a private school dated within 12 months prior to the day of enrollment. However, if a student is enrolling from another Georgia public school, a completed 3300 Form will be accepted by any District school.
- Certificate of Immunization as required by Georgia Law 20-2-771:
- Georgia Form 3231 for all kindergarten and sixth grade students, all students new to Georgia and students coming from any private school must have the form signed by a licensed health-care provider or the county health department. To be enrolled in the District, ALL certificates of immunization must be marked “Complete for Attendance” OR have a future expiration date. Expired certificates will not be accepted for enrollment.
Georgia Immunization requirements for students entering kindergarten or 6th grade on or after July 1, 2007:
- See the attached flyer to learn more about:
- New Immunization Requirements for grades 7-12
- New enrollment requirements for PreK students
- New enrollment requirements for elementary school students
Immunization/Enrollment Requirements 2015-2016
Immunization/Enrollment Requirements 2015-2016 (Español)
- Child’s Social Security # - (not mandatory)
- waiver form or application can be downloaded by clicking here.
- you can apply for a Social Card at the following link: http://www.ssa.gov/online/ss-5.html
- School Health Record – (not mandatory)
- Discipline Record – (mandatory grades 7-12 GA schools only) 10 day grace or sign record release form
- Grade Record or Transcript – (mandatory grades 7-12 GA schools only) 10 day grace or sign record release form
- Proof of Residency
- Lease, rental agreement or rent receipt consisting of written evidence that the agreement is valid and current AND a current utility bill (gas, electric, water, home telephone or cable TV). Records must include the name and street address of the parent/guardian.
- A current residential property tax statement or deed, AND a current utility bill (gas, electric, water, home telephone or cable TV). Records must include the name and street address of the parent/guardian.
- A third person affidavit of residency signed, completed and notarized (good for 30 days, if temporary) AND A) lease or rental agreement consisting of written evidence that the agreement is valid and current and a current utility bill (gas, electric, water, home telephone or cable TV). Records must include the name and address of the third person signee. OR B) current residential property tax statement or deed and current utility bill (gas, electric, water, home telephone or cable TV). Records must include the name and address of the third person signee.
Note: Parents or guardians are required to provide proof of residency upon initial enrollment of their child in a Marietta City School and may be required to periodically verify their residency in the Marietta City Schools district at random times thereafter.
Exceptions to the Above Mentioned Rules
Homeless children (McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act)
Any parent/guardian who may be living in a homeless situation should reach out to the Homeless Liaison at their students school. Contact the Office of Innovative Practices 678-695-7285 with any questions.
Marietta City Schools also allows students in grades K-12, who reside outside the district, to attend our school system. To qualify, interested parents must complete both a Non-Resident Student Enrollment Application and an MCS Enrollment Agreement and be approved. The application must include the student’s most recent school record, including:
- Academic grades and test scores
Completed Non-resident enrollment applications with all required documents, should be submitted to the school contact listed above. Acceptance as a non-resident tuition student is valid for one school-year only. Applicants must complete a Non-Resident Student Enrollment Application and an MCS Enrollment Agreement each school year. The superintendent approves all applicants based on the stated criteria and available space in school programs. Questions regarding non-resident student enrollment may be directed to the school principal or the Deputy Superintendent.
The grades 3-5 magnet program at Marietta Center for Advanced Academics (MCAA) offers students a technology-driven curriculum that emphasizes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Non-residents who meet admissions/eligibility criteria may apply to the magnet program at MCAA and pay tuition (same tuition schedule as all non-resident students).
Non-Resident Tuition Schedule:
Annual Fee Monthly Payment
Tuition (all non-resident students) $1,500.00 $150.00
**Forms may be obtained from the Cobb County Health Department located at 1650 County Services Parkway, (770) 514-2300. Many private physicians and dentists also have the form available.
- Birth Certificate (copy acceptable)
Scoliosis Screening Form #4400 (Required for students entering 6th and 8th grades)