Frequently Asked Questions
- Students New to the District
- Continuing Students & Paperless Enrollment
- Household & Guardianship
- Internal Transfer & Open Enrollment
- Four Year Old Kindergarten
- Student Fees
- Glossary of Enrollment Terms
There are two steps in the enrollment process for new students to the Madison Metropolitan School District.
If you are enrolling a previously enrolled or continuing student, click here.
Enroll online beginning August 3 at madison.k12.wi.us/enroll. Use the Enrollment instructions to help you complete the online enrollment application.
For computer assistance or internet access, call the enrollment office at 608-663-4957 or your school. Access your school contact information here.
- Contact your school to schedule an appointment. For MMSD schools’ contact information, click on this link to retrieve your school’s information. View the MMSD calendar to find out about the enrollment assigned days/week.
You will need to provide 4 documents to the school:
- Verification of your child’s age (either birth certificate**, passport, or health record).
- Verification of your address in the school district (either lease, recent utility bill, or mortgage).
- Vaccination record
- Verification of parent/guardian identity and relationship -- official photo identification (driver’s license, passport or government issued ID) and the student’s birth certificate** or court documentation providing proof of parent/guardian relationship. If you are unable to provide verification, please contact the MMSD Enrollment Office at 608-663-4957 or email@example.com
- NOTE: The parent who enrolls the student confirms the verification of the second parent as long as the second parent's name is listed in the student's birth certificate.
** Wisconsin law strictly prohibits copying Birth Certificate (BC) as it is considered a vital record. Virtual meetings with parents through zoom will be used to verify date of birth and parent/guardian-student relationship.
Use the enrollment checklist as a guide to help you prepare the enrollment documents you need for your student’s enrollment.
For more information, visit the frequently asked questions page.
How do I know which school is my child's school?
The school your child attends is based on your address in the district. Online enrollment tells you which schools correspond to your address. If you want to do a search before you complete online enrollment, use the “find your school” application.
Elementary: Kindergarten to 5th grade.
Middle: 6th grade to 8th grade.
High: 9th grade to 12th grade.
- If I am not available, who can enroll my student?
- What is Online Enrollment?
- Can I complete the online enrollment even if I do not have an email account?
- When does Online Enrollment start for the year 2022-2023?
- What if I do not have internet access to complete the Online Enrollment?
- When are the August enrollment days?
- Do students need to come to the August enrollment day?
- What if I am not available during the enrollment period/dates?
- What documentation does the school ask for to enroll a new resident student?
- What will happen if I don't provide all of the required documentation during registration/enrollment time?
- How can I get my Infinite Campus username and or password?
- How and when can I pay for the registration fees?
- How much are the students' fees?
- How can students new to MMSD transfer credit?
Online enrollment is an online application that parents and guardians must use to enroll their children at the beginning of every school year (enrollment starts in early August prior to the school year start). After completing online enrollment, new students to the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) must schedule an appointment with their school in order to verify their student’s enrollment.
An email account is not required for the online application completion; however, it is recommended you create one so teachers can use it to communicate with you and you can retrieve your username and password should you ever lose them. The email is also used to send you a confirmation of the enrollment application completion and an outline of the next steps to the enrollment process.
The documentation needed is:
- immunization records (if you did not allow access to Wisconsin Immunization Registry)
- proof of residence (gas/electric bill, lease, mortgage)
- proof of age (birth certificate, health record or other official records)
- verification of parent/guardian identity and relationship -- official photo identification (driver’s license, passport or government issued ID) and the student’s birth certificate or court documentation providing proof of parent/guardian relationship,
If you are unable to provide verification, please contact the MMSD Enrollment Office at 608-663-4957 or firstname.lastname@example.org
You will be allowed to complete the registration/enrollment process but will be asked to provide proof as soon as you have it. If you do not have proof of residency or age you may be asked to visit the enrollment office to sign an affidavit or work with the enrollment office to provide some kind of proof.
Only parents or guardians that have currently or previously enrolled students will have an Infinite Campus account. New parents or guardians will create an account when they access online enrollment for the first time. Those who already have an account can access this Lost Password Form to retrieve their username and/or password. If you need further assistance, call (608) 663-4957. You will be asked a few questions to verify who you are in order to receive your username and password.
This communication is designed for students new to the district and includes MMSD current policies and practices surrounding high school credit for middle school students and guidance for families regarding postsecondary planning.
Continuing students within the MMSD
Families of elementary, middle, and high school students completing the application for students continuing within MMSD will complete the enrollment process fully online and will be provided with their school’s contact information upon the submission of the online enrollment application in order to schedule appointments for individual support. The individual support will be provided by appointment. Schools will schedule virtual meetings with parents through Zoom in order to verify date of birth and parent/guardian-student relationship.
Families with an address change only in the last year will be asked to send verification of their new address (either lease, recent utility bill, or mortgage) to the school’s email address listed in the confirmation email they will receive upon submitting the online enrollment application. For moves after June 9, students can stay at the school they attended during the 2021-22 school year, if they choose. Note: families who move after the last day of the school year 2021-22 cannot use the utility bill as proof of address since it does not have the date of move.
4K or 5K (new to district)
Families who completed the online enrollment and the verification process:
If your student is new to MMSD for the 2022-23 school year AND you completed the 2022-23 online application along with verifying your child’s date of birth, address, and parent/guardian identity and relationship at an MMSD school or office prior to August 3, You will receive communication about completing the Free and Reduced application and other enrollment forms.
Families who completed the online enrollment but have not verified enrollment documents:
If your student is new to MMSD for the 2022-23 school year AND you completed the 2022-23 online application and you have not verified your child’s date of birth, address, and parent/guardian identity and relationship at an MMSD school or office prior to August 3, Contact your school during August Enrollment Dates to schedule an appointment to verify your student's enrollment. Access your school contact information here. You will also receive communication about completing the Free and Reduced application and other enrollment forms in August.
- What do I do instead?
- Will I need to print anything?
- How would I know if my student's enrollment application is complete?
- Do I need to go to the school to complete enrollment?
- How can I find out about my schedule?
- I have additional questions. What do I do?
- My child is new to the district, what do I need to do to enroll?
Enroll online beginning August 3 at madison.k12.wi.us/enroll. Use the Enrollment instructions to help you complete the online enrollment application.
You will be asked to:
Verify your child’s current information
Review the list of disclosures and permissions
Complete any additional forms you may need
Enrollment is 100% paperless. You will not need to print anything. If you have an address change, you will be asked to email proof of address to your school's email address. Note: families who move after the last day of the school year 2021-22 cannot use the utility bill as proof of address since it does not have the date of move.
No - Schools are closed and the MMSD enrollment is 100% virtual. To ensure your safety and the safety of our staff, we are asking that parents use this link to email their students' schools with questions or schedule an appointment with their school to complete the enrollment process. If they only have an address change, they can email that to the school's email address listed in this link.
- How do I enroll if I do not have a permanent address?
- I am taking care of my niece and her parent(s) reside outside of the MMSD attendance area. How do I enroll her in school?
- I am taking care of my nephew and his parent(s) reside in the MMSD attendance area. How do I enroll him in school?
- I moved to a different attendance area within MMSD. Can my student still attend the school they attended last year?
- I am currently living with someone and cannot provide proof of residency.
It is likely that you will use the address where you spent the night before the registration date to determine your school attendance area. However, if you are experiencing housing instability, it is best to contact the MMSD Transition Education Program (TEP) at (608) 204-2272 to discuss this further. TEP staff can provide assistance with enrollment and other supports such as transportation to and from school if eligible. Once enrolled in a school, the school social worker can also serve as a resource.
If you moved during the school year, your student can finish the current school year at their school. For subsequent years, you would need to apply for internal transfer for your student to have the possibility to remain at their school. For example, if a third grade student at Schenk Elementary moves to a different school attendance area in March, they can complete the remaining months of the school year at Schenk. To attend fourth and fifth grade at Schenk, they would need to apply for internal transfer.
- What is the difference between Internal Transfer and Open Enrollment?
- When can I apply for Internal Transfer for next school year?
- What happens if I have an approved internal transfer for the 2014-15 school year or before?
- If I have an approved internal transfer for the year 2015-2016 and subsequent school years, how often do I need to re-apply?
Internal transfer involves a student who resides within a MMSD school attendance area and wishes to transfer to another MMSD school or program that is outside the MMSD school attendance area in which the student legally resides. An open enrollment is a transfer involving a student who wishes to transfer from one school district to another school district. Click on Open Enrollment to learn more.
Nothing has changed for your child and their transfer. They continue to follow the rules outlined in the previous version of Board Policy 4023 – Internal Transfers. For a copy of the policy that applies to internal transfers approved for 2014-15 and before, click HERE.
The August Enrollment period consists of designated days, typically in mid-August, when parents must attend their children's schools to complete the enrollment process.
Based on your address, the attendance area in which you live determines the elementary, middle, and high schools your child or children will attend. More information about MMSD attendance areas can be found here.
Co-Residency refers to a situation in which a family is permanently residing in the home of another family or individual. In these situations, the Co-Residency Form is used as verification of address.
Educational Guardianship refers to a situation in which a student permanently resides with an adult who is not their parent or legal guardian. Upon completing all necessary paperwork, the educational guardian will be granted Rights to Records and be authorized to make educational decisions in the best interest of the student. When a student resides with their parent or legal guardian, and the latter would like to grant educational guardianship to a stepparent, grandparent, aunt/uncle, etc., the parent or legal guardian can complete an "in district" educational guardianship form. In this case, the student's school attendance area is still based on the parent or legal guardian's address.
Immunization Records and Wisconsin Immunization Registry
Infinite Campus is the software used by MMSD to store student information such as household address, enrollment data, grades, and much more. Parents can log in to the Infinite Campus Parent Portal to make household changes and review class schedules and grades.
Internal Transfer refers to the change of schools from one within your home attendance area to an MMSD school within another attendance area. More information regarding the Internal Transfer application process can be found here.
Online enrollment is done every year in early August prior to the in-school enrollment dates. To complete this, you will need to log in to the online registration application found here. To log in, you will need your Infinite Campus username and password, if you are a parent or guardian of a returning student. Parents and guardians of new students will create an account (unless the new student has older siblings already in attendance. In that case, the parent or guardian will use their existing account and add the new student).
Open Enrollment refers to a change of schools between 2 different districts, such as attending a Middleton/Cross Plains school while residing within Madison school district; or attending a Madison school while residing in the Verona (or any other) school district.
Proof of Age
Acceptable documentation for verifying your student's age includes a copy of the child's birth certificate, passport, or medical record. The document must include both the student's name and birthday.
Proof of Residence
Acceptable documentation for verifying your residence includes a utility bill with your name and address on it (usually from MG&E), a copy of your rental lease, or a copy of your home mortgage.
Rights to Records
A parent, guardian, or emergency contact with Rights to Records over a student is able to receive school-related correspondence and records. A parent or legal guardian is able to grant Rights to Records to another adult by filling out the Rights to Records form. If you're a new foster parent for an MMSD student, please refer to the Foster Care Rights to Record form.
School Feeder Pattern
School feeder patterns refer to groupings of elementary schools that all "feed," or progress, into the same middle school; or groupings of middle schools that all feed into a same high school.