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New Students

Prior to enrollment into Paterson Public Schools the following documents must be obtained from the previous school:

  • Transfer card (original or copy) from transferring school;
  • Copy of Immunization Record - Please note: New students are required to have a physical exam.  If you need a copy of this form or any other additional forms pertaining to the health office please click here;
  • Last report card/grades to date of leaving previous school;
  • Transcripts
  • 2 Proof of residence in Paterson;
  • Copy of custody arrangements (if applicable);
  • Child Study Team/Special Services records (IEP) (if applicable);
  • 504 Accommodations (if applicable);
  • Birth Certificate;
  • Registration Form
  • When all documents have been obtained, please contact Central Registration at 973-321-2501 for further information.  Central Registration is located at 90 Delaware Ave and the office hours are 8:30am to 3:30pm Monday through Friday. 

    Transferring to another school

    school busIf a student moves to another school district, we request that the parent or guardian go to the school secretary to obtain a transfer card. The name and address of the new school and the new home address of the student is necessary. After all books are returned to teachers, teacher signatures obtained and obligations met, the student will be issued a transfer card, current  grades, immunization records and standardized scores. Official school records will be forwarded to the new school upon written request by the receiving school.



Families who prefer to homeschool sometimes wonder “Is it legal to homeschool in New Jersey?”  The answer is an absolute, YES!  State laws regulating homeschooling and homeschoolers are minimal and straight-forward.  New Jersey homeschoolers have the freedom and flexibility to choose what, how, where, and when to teach their child(ren).  Compulsory education law in New Jersey states that every child between 6 and 16 years of age attend school (private or public) or receive “equivalent instruction elsewhere than at school.”

Although not required by law, if your child is already enrolled in Paterson Public School, you must notify the Central Registration Department when choosing to homeschool. This notification can prevent any truancy complications.

The Central Registration Department will provide the parent with the notice of intent to homeschool and will officially withdraw him/her from school (view sample letter).


pdf Homeschool Recordkeeping in New Jersey

pdf Enrolling in Public School after Homeschooling

pdf Additional Resources Related to Homeschooling

pdf Frequently Asked Questions








Household Information Survey



Meals and P-EBT Benefits
All students who attend Paterson Public Schools are able to receive breakfast and lunch at no charge throughout the year, as well as qualify for the State’s P-EBT benefit. In order to continue to receive these benefits, Paterson Public Schools must maintain its status as an approved Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) District. We maintain this status by collecting the required number of Household Information Surveys from our families.
Your participation in this process is very important to the children of Paterson. Please complete the Household Information Survey that you received from your child’s school, or click on the link below to get a copy of the survey. If you have any questions or need assistance completing the survey, contact your child’s school. The signed survey must be submitted to your child’s school for processing.
Thank you for your cooperation!

FAQ for Parents

Household Survey (English)

Household Survey (Spanish)









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Attention Parents/Guardians: If you have a child that will be 5 years old by October 31, 2021 and resides in Paterson, now is the time to register for the upcoming 2021/2022 school year. Please call 973-321-2501 for more information in order to schedule your appointment. If you already have an appointment there is no need to call.


Please note, due to COVID-19, we have made a few changes regarding the registration process:

• The NEW registration entrance has been moved. Please follow the signage posted outside of the building on Delaware Ave.
Student registration is by appointment ONLY.
• Children MUST be present for the appointment. Only ONE parent or legal guardian will be allowed in the building unless you need an interpreter to accompany you.
• All persons entering the building must wear a mask. Be advised, your temperature will be taken before entering the building.
• The required documents for the student registration, that must be readily available, in order to be seen are: child’s birth certificate and immunization record, parent/guardian photo ID, 2 recent proofs of address for the parent/guardian, completed Registration Form and Home Language Survey form.
• Please bring a pen with you to fill out any additional forms.

For more information, or if you have additional questions or concerns regarding your child’s registration, please visit our webpage on the Paterson Public Schools website or call the Office of Central Registration at 973-321-2501 or at 973-938-4116.
Thank you.


Kindergarten Choice: If you are interested in submitting a Kindergarten Choice School application for Alexander Hamilton Academy, Norman S. Weir School or School 1, you may do so by following the link: The application deadline is Friday, March 19, 2021.


High School

Parents of current 8th grade students who wish to change their child’s High School Choice lottery placement to a school within the Eastside Campus or John F. Kennedy Complex (listed below) may make the transfer request on or before Wednesday, July 1st.

High School Choice

School Choice allows for all eighth-grade or newly entering students the flexibility of selecting from any of Paterson Public Schools’ 12 thematic school offerings based upon their personal areas of interest. Through School Choice and other initiatives, the District is working to provide students with smaller learning communities, more personalized academic and social high school experiences, and more one-on-one interaction with teachers. School Choice helps set the stage for every student to have a productive, enjoyable and – above all – successful high school experience. Click here to go to the High Scool Choice page.



This request must be made in writing to the Office of Central Registration via the email address The email must include your child’s name, date of birth, parent/guardian name and phone number and the new school placement request. Changes to a student’s High School Placement will not be accepted after July 1st.


All current 8th grade students who will attend a Charter School, Manchester Regional High School, Non- Public School or Passaic County Technical Vocational School (PCTVS), for the 2020-2021 school year, must contact the Office of Central Registration before Wednesday, July 1st to receive a transfer card. Please call our office for additional information and have the following documents ready to submit:
- School Acceptance Letter
- Student’s Birth Certificate
- Two Proofs of Address (must be within 30 days of submit date)
- Photo ID for parent/guardian
- Registration Form

Please view the attached letter which was mailed to your residence: Letter to Parent/Guardian RE: High School Placements and Registration


Office Hours: Monday - Thursday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Main Number: 973-321-2501       FAX Number: 973-321-2408

Lisa Vainieri-Marshall

Director Central Registration
Phone: 973-321-0795

Kimeko Austin-Jones

Administrative Assistant

Elizabeth Polizzotti

School Nurse
973-321-1000 x 23110

Elizabeth Flores



Leidy Castro

Admissions Representative
973-321-1000 x 23139

Michelle Santiago

Admissions Representative
973-321-1000 x23116

Juan Ferres

Admissions Representative
973-321-1000 x 23108

Kristin Izzo

Admissions Representative
(Pre K)
973-321-1000 x 23136



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