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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 -  click here The registration form can also be found in Spanish, Bengali and Arabic under the “Registration Documents” tab; and
  • Home Language Survey – English and Spanish click here.

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 8:00am to 4:00pm 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










If your child will be 5 years old by October 31, 2019, and resides in Paterson,
now is the time to register for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year.


pdf Kindergarten CHOICE Application

pdf Kindergarten Registration Flyer


Central Registration

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

Lisa Vainieri-Marshall

Director of Student Assignment Services
Phone: 973-321-0795

Kimeko Austin-Jones

Administrative Assistant

Elizabeth Polizzotti

School Nurse
973-321-1000 x 23110

Elizabeth Flores

973-321-1000 x 23133


Yoany Pujols

Admissions Representative
973-321-1000 x 23108

Kristin Izzo

Admissions Representative
973-321-1000 x 23136

Leidy Castro

Admissions Representative
973-321-1000 x 23139

Jasmine Reid

Admissions Representative
973-321-1000 x 23116




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