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Elementary School Registration

If you are not sure which elementary school is your home school, please click on the PDF document below (Elementary School Locator By Street) to check your street address and determine to which elementary school it belongs.  Registration takes place at your school of residence during the school year, and at the District Office during the summer (July and August only).

Registration occurs in a two-step process: step one is to register online via the AERIES INTERNET REGISTRATION system, or AIR. Please visit   to complete the online registration process, and print out two copies of your completed AIR registration. Step two takes place at your  school of residence during the school year, and you must bring all requested documents (two copies of completed AIR registration, photo id of parent or guardian, birth certificate or passport of child, immunization records of child, and three required proofs of residency). Please look at the bottom of this page to see accepted proofs of residency by printing out the Registration Information Checklist. ALL DOCUMENTS SUBMITTED MUST BE ORIGINALS. If there are special circumstances (ESL, Special Education, or health problems) please provide appropriate documentation, such as ELPAC test scores or current IEP or 504 plan at the time of registration.

If you want to register your child for the 2020-21 school year

Sibling registration will take place at each school site (Arroyo Vista and Monterey Hills only) on March 3, 4, 5, and 6, 2020, and at Marengo only on March 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13, 2020.  New Family registration will take place at each school site on March 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20, 2020. Registration instructions are available online when you visit in a pdf file, just below the blue AIR box.  Beginning 9:00 am on February 24, 2020, you can stop by your home school, and sign up for your in-person residency verification and processing appointment in March, depending on your status (sibling or new family). You will also pick up a registration packet - there are approximately 3 forms that need to be completed in addition to your online registration, and for TK/Kinders/first graders, an incoming physical form and an Oral Health form. The parent portal, , will be open for 2020-2021 pre-registration of students via the Aeries Internet Registration process, or AIR, beginning February 24, 2020. Please do not complete your online registration prior to this date.

Please look at the PDF documents at the bottom of this page for more information on Sibling and New Family registration.

If you are registering a student to enter Kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year, and are interested in our Dual Language Immersion Program in Spanish or our Dual Immersion Program in Mandarin, please click on the attached link to visit our webpage with important information about the registration process and timelines: Dual Language Immersion Program

The information below pertains to South Pasadena residents only. Working in South Pasadena and property ownership without actual occupation/residency does not constitute residency.  Families must reside in South Pasadena before they can register their child into SPUSD.

Please be aware that as a resident of South Pasadena, your children are guaranteed a spot in one of our three elementary schools; student placement is determined within each home school of residence by date and time of registration. After New Family Registration takes place in March, and all data has been entered into the computer, three Individual lotteries for students entering grades K-5  will take place in early May; one for each school, by grade level, with all the names of students registered during New Family Registration. This lottery is open to the public (i.e., the parents of the students who have registered in March), but you are not required to attend. Siblings enrolling in grades TK/K-5 are given priority registration and are not a part of the lottery process. Please be aware that as a resident of South Pasadena, your children are guaranteed a spot in one of our three elementary schools; the lottery is used to place students who live in each school's attendance area. A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) handout will be available at the lottery to help parents interpret their lottery number and to understand the process of student placement.

After the March registration dates, student placement is determined at each school of residence by date and time of registration. For additional information about the school district, please visit the "District Policies" option, then "General Info about SPUSD" option.


For the 2019-2020 school year, elementary schools will be open until June 3, 2020 and then will be closed for the summer.
As of June 4, 2020, for the 2020-2021 school year, there will be two more opportunity to register in June for new TK/K-5 families on Friday, June 19, 2020, and Monday June 29th, 2020, as well as three dates in July: Thursday, July 9th and Friday, July 17th, and Wednesday, July 29th at the District Office in Room 4: from 8:00 am to 11:30 am and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, and two opportunities to register in August: Tuesday, August 4th and Thursday, August 6th from 8:00 am-10:00 am only.  There will be daily registration for new elementary families the week of August 10th - August 14th, from 8:00 am to 10:00 am only. The school start date is Thursday, August 13, 2020, and residency verification dates for returning students will be announced shortly. Beginning the week of August 17th, new elementary registrations will resume at the home school site.
It is possible that your student will not be able to be placed at their home school for the 2020-2021 school year, especially in grades TK/K- 3 where class size for the 2020-2021 school year is currently 24 students per class. We will make our best effort to place siblings together at the same school, but this is not always possible.
You may not register for school until you reside in South Pasadena and have your appropriate three proofs of residence, and registration must be done by the parent or legal guardian of the child.
Incoming Kindergarten students for the 2020-2021 school year must be 5 years old by September 1, 2020.  This is per California Education Code (48000a), and no exceptions will be made.   September 1 will be the annual cut-off date for all incoming kindergarten students.
 If your child will turn 5 between September 2 and December 2, 2020, please be aware that he/she is eligible for Transitional Kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year.  If you do not know about Transitional Kindergarten, please click on the link in the locker below.  Transitional Kindergarten, or TK, has been held at Monterey Hills Elementary school and Arroyo Vista Elementary School for the past several years.  Once we complete our initial registration process for siblings and new families, we will be able to determine the number and location of TK classes for the 2020-2021 school year. TK students are not a part of the New Family Lottery. Both TK and Kindergarten are half-day programs: AM class is from 8:10 am to 11:35 am and PM class is from 11:35 am to 3:00 pm.  Please contact Anita Whang at the Extended Day Office if you are interested in obtaining KinderCare for your TK or K child, or in being considered for the Extended Day Program Lottery for incoming TK/K students, which will take place on Friday, June 19, 2020.
Please remember that all incoming students will need to provide proof of the immunizations required by California law.  If you need help in obtaining vaccines, you may contact the Monrovia Health Services Clinic at 626-256-1600. They provide  free immunizations for children who do not have current health insurance.  Beginning January 1, 2016, the only waiver now allowed is a medical waiver. If your child has a medical condition (or family history) which makes immunization medically inadvisable, either permanently or temporarily, you will need to have your physician write a note to the school/district which states the reason for and duration of the exemption. The doctor must be a California licensed M.D. or D.O. There is no provision for a delayed immunization schedule in the law, so your child will need to be current with his/her immunizations when he/she starts school. For more information on this new law, please click on this link: Health Information and Forms
If you are the legal guardian of a student, or are residing in a "Dual Family Residency" (two families sharing a residence), you will need to contact the Office of Personnel at 626-441-5810 X1130 for an appointment prior to registering your child(ren).  For more information, please look under "District Enrollment Policies" under "Guardianship Information" and "Dual Residency Requirements".
If you would like to view the Enrollment/Registration Information Checklist, click on the document below entitled "Required Documents for Enrollment and Registration".
Residency Verification Documents for New Registrations, or verification of a new address within South Pasadena:
You need one document from EACH category
Category A
Deed of Trust
Mortgage Payment Receipt – dated within the past month
Rental/Lease Agreement, listing all names of occupants (including children), and the name, address, telephone number and signature of landlord/management company.
Property Tax Bill – dated within the past year
Closing Escrow Papers
Category B
Utility Bill (Example: Southern California Edison, The Gas Company, Water Bill) – dated within the past month
Cable/Internet Provider Bill (Example: Time Warner, Direct TV)  – dated within the past month
Category C
An Additional Utility Bill [different than what is provided in CATEGORY B] (Example: Southern California Edison, The Gas Company, Water Bill) – dated within the past month
Current Car Registration – dated within the past year
Car Insurance Statement – dated within the past 6 months to 1 year
Health Insurance Statement – dated within the past month
Bank Statement (or signed letter on bank letterhead with the South Pasadena address) – dated within the past month
Current Federal or State Tax Correspondences - dated within the past 6 months