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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. SOCIAL DISTANCING PROTOCOLS FOR IN-PERSON REGISTRATION:

  • Do not enter any District facility if you have any cold or flu symptoms including a cough or a fever.
  • Maintain a safe distance away from anyone else - at least six feet away.
  • Wear a personal mask that provides you the greatest coverage and comfort.
  • Use hand sanitizer and sanitize your hands often.
  • Disposable pens will be used during in person registration. 
  • No Children allowed during the registration process

UPDATED REGISTRATION INFO FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR: If you had made an elementary registration appointment with your home school for the week of March 16-20, 2020, you will be contacted by school staff by PHONE by Friday, April 24th to verify information submitted in your AIR registration and to set an in-person appointment time at your home school between Monday, April 27 and Wednesday May 6, 2020.

If you did not have a scheduled appointment at your home school, and you have submitted a new AIR registration, you will be contacted by PHONE by your home school to set up an in-person appointment time at your home school by Wednesday, May 6, 2020. Families who enroll after May 6, 2020 will not be eligible for Dual Immersion or New Family Lotteries, and will be placed by date and time of enrollment within their home school, if space permits.

If you have just moved in to South Pasadena and intend to register an incoming TK - 5 student for the 2020-2021 school year, please complete your AIR registration by going to

Once you complete your AIR registration, it  will tell you which is your home school based on your submitted address. To set an appointment to complete registration for Arroyo Vista Elementary, please contact Renee Rietta by emailing To set an appointment to complete registration at Marengo Elementary, please contact Leah DeYoung by emailing To set an appointment to complete registration at Monterey Hills Elementary, please contact Fabiana Gaspar at Schools will be available to register up through Wednesday, June 10th, 2020. School office personnel are off for the summer as of June 12, 2020. If you will be moving into South Pasadena between June 10th and the start of school (August 13, 2020), please click on this link, listing summer elementary registration dates:
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 each school site for the 2020-2021 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 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 on JUNE 2; one for each school, by grade level, with all the names of students registered during New Family Registration. This lottery is usually open to the public, but that may not be the case this year, due to the coronavirus.  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 is available below to help parents interpret their lottery number and to understand the process of student placement.

New family lottery live and recorded feed can be accessed here.

After May 6, 2020, 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 are in attendance, online, until June 3, 2020 and then will be closed for the summer. The last day to register at a school site, by appointment, is Wednesday, June 10, 2020.
NOTE: The summer registration dates below are subject to change, due to the coronavirus:
After June 10, 2020, for the 2020-2021 school year, the following dates are TK-5 registration dates by APPOINTMENT ONLY at the District Office in Room 4:
  • Friday, June 19th
  • Monday, June 29th
  • Thursday, July 9th
  • Friday, July 17th
  • Wednesday, July 29th
  • Tuesday, August 4th
  • Thursday, August 6th
  • Daily during the week of August 10th - August 14th
The school start date is Thursday, August 13, 2020. Beginning the week of August 17th, new elementary registrations will resume at the home school site.
If you have already moved into South Pasadena, and have not yet registered your incoming TK to grade 5 student, please complete the online AIR registration (, done on a dedicated computer, not a mobile device, and then email Cathleen Hoadley at to let her know that you have completed your AIR registration, and are ready to make an appointment. She will contact you to schedule an appointment for one of the dates listed above.
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, all pages of bill must be provided
Cable/Internet Provider Bill (Example: Time Warner, Direct TV)  – dated within the past month, all pages of bill must be provided
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, with all pages of bill provided
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