Bentonville Public Schools

Student Services - Enrollment Information

Director of Student Services Brad Reed (479) 254-5000
Student Services Assistant: Emily Colston (479) 254-5023

Grades 1-12 Open Enrollment

Bentonville Public Schools open enrollment for the 2013-2014 school year for all grade levels, grades 1 through 12, will begin at each school building on Monday, May 6th.

While the school buildings are open for enrollment, parents may enroll their student(s) at their assigned buildings Monday through Thursday.   Grades K - 6 may enroll from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., and grades 7 and 8 may enroll from 8:45 a.m. until 3:45 p.m.   Students who will be in grades 9 - 12, may enroll at Bentonville High School from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 Noon.

Enrollment and Overflow Protocol

  1. All BPS students must attend the school that they are zoned for, unless there is no room for them there.
  2. When their home zoned school is full, they will be placed in an “ over flow “ school.
  3. If the “ over flow “ schools are full, they will be placed, at the school districts discretion, in an open seat within BPS.
  4. Any deviations from numbers 1-3 above, must have the approval of the Director of Student Services.

Kindergarten Enrollment

Parents of kindergarten students residing in the Bentonville School District with a student five (5) years of age on or by August 1st, 2013, may begin online pre-registration at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, February 11, 2013 thru 3:00 p.m. Friday, February 22, 2013.   If you choose to waive kindergarten enrollment for the 2013-2014 school year, please complete and submit a Kindergarten Waiver.

The online registration is a pre-registration only and students will not be considered enrolled until parents provide the information listed below to the student's assigned school.   NOTE: Final registration for pre-registered kindergarten students will be March 6th from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., March 7th from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and March 8th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon.   All kindergarten students who are not pre-registered can do walk-in enrollment beginning on March 11th at the school they are zoned for during regular school hours.

Parents will be required to bring the following information to the student's assigned school in order to formally complete the enrollment of their child.   To prepare for the enrollment process parents should begin collecting documents for proof of residency, secure the child's Social Security Card, obtain a copy of the child's birth certificate, and begin scheduling appointments for physical examinations and immunizations.   All of these items are required and must be presented to the assigned Elementary School before the child is considered a fully enrolled Kindergarten student for the 2013-2014 school year:

  1. * Proof of residency (one of the following items):
    • Current real-estate property tax receipt and a current utility bill showing parent’s name and address
    • Rent or lease agreement and a current utility bill showing parent’s name and address
    • Copies of current utility bills from two different utilities showing parent's name and address

    * If the parent does not have one of the above listed items, they must come to the Administration Office at 500 Tiger Blvd. in Bentonville, with documented proof that they reside in the Bentonville School District.   Based on the documents provided, the District Office will provide the necessary paperwork to complete the enrollment process.

  2. Copy of the child's birth certificate
  3. Copy of the child's Social Security Card
  4. Up-to-date immunization record. The following immunizations are required:
    • A minimum of 4 doses of DTaP/DTP/DT/Td with at least one dose administered on or after the child's 4th birthday.
    • A minimum of 3 doses of OPV/IPV, with the last dose administered on/after child's 4th birthday. (A child who has received 4 or more does of polio vaccine, does not have to receive a dose of polio vaccine after the 4th birthday.)
    • Two (2) doses of (M/MR/MMR- Measles) with the first dose on/after the child's 1st birthday and the second dose at least 28 days after the first dose and prior to the child entering Kindergarten.
    • Three (3) doses of Hepatitis B before entering Kindergarten.
    • Two (2) doses of (Varicella-Chickenpox) with the first dose on/after the child's 1st birthday and the second dose at least 28 days after the first dose and prior to the child entering Kindergarten.

    IMMUNIZATIONS LISTED ABOVE MUST BE COMPLETE BY AUGUST 1, 2013 FOR A CHILD TO BE ASSIGNED TO A KINDERGARTEN CLASS.

  5. A current physical examination (within the last 24 months)

    A CURRENT PHYSICAL EXAMINATION MUST BE ON FILE AT THE STUDENT'S SCHOOL BY AUGUST 1, 2013 FOR THE CHILD TO BE ASSIGNED TO A KINDERGARTEN CLASS.

Kindergarten sections in Non-Traditional schools are limited.   Pre-registration for Non-Traditional schools does not guarantee a student a class placement in that school.   If requests are greater than the number of classes available in the Non-Traditional school, then a lottery will be used to assign students.

This website may assist in preparing your child for kindergarten:
Arkansas Department of Human Services Kindergarten Readiness

**For ESL (English as a Second Language) assistance please review this attachment: ESL Kindergarten Pre-Registration Information

Enrollment for Grades 1-12

Only students whose parents/guardians live in the Bentonville School District are eligible for enrollment in Bentonville Public Schools.   Parents/guardians enrolling students are required to furnish the following items for enrollment purposes:

  1. Proof of residency in Bentonville School District (Same as Kindergarten)
  2. Original or Copy of the student's Social Security card and birth certificate
  3. Current immunization records
  4. Legal Guardianship documents (If applicable)

Private/Home School

Parents enrolling students from home schooling or a private school are required to furnish the following items:

  1. Copy of the child's birth certificate
  2. Copy of the child's Social Security Card
  3. Up-to-date immunization record. (Same as Kindergarten)
  4. Proof of residency. (Same as Kindergarten)
  5. Legal Guardianship documents (If applicable)

Grade placement for students in grades 1-7 will be based on academic screening and age considerations.   Secondary students (grades 8-12) will be based on academic screening and a record of courses taken and successfully completed.