New Student Registration

Information for students who want to register at SCMS.

Registrations for the 2018-2019 School Year

To register a student for the 2018-19 school year, please contact Sherri Perper by email at slperper@fcps.edu.

Students who are not new to FCPS

If this is not a student's first year in FCPS and the student has not moved from the elementary school that feeds into South County Middle School, they do not need to register. They are already registered within the system. If a student is already an FCPS student but has moved, the parent or guardian should contact Sherri Perper, our Student Registrar by email at slperper@fcps.edu,to assure that the school records are properly transferred.  

Students who are new to FCPS

For students new to FCPS, before beginning the registration process, please view the FCPS boundary map to see which Fairfax County Public School serves a particular address. 

If you live within the South County Middle School boundary map and are ready to register a new student, please contact Sherri Perper, our Student Registrar at slperper@fcps.edu to complete the registration process.

What a new student to FCPS will need to register:

  • View the general FCPS registration requirements

    • The registration process includes:

      • eligibility for enrollment

      • residency requirements

      • registration requirements

    • The Entrance requirements include: (If any documentation is missing, the appointment will be rescheduled)

      • Proof of residency:

        A deed or resident manager’s letter is acceptable. Supporting documentation may be required. If the family is living in the residence of someone else, the homeowner or leaseholder must provide a notarized affidavit accompanied by the lease or deed. An affidavit by the parent stating his or her residence and three official supporting documents to that effect are also required as evidence of non-temporary residence.

        Parents must notify their child’s school when their home address changes and provide proof of their new residence. If families move out of Fairfax County, children are no longer eligible to attend Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) and will be withdrawn.

        The student must be accompanied by the person with whom he or she lives, either a parent or a court-appointed guardian or legal custodian. The accompanying adult will be required to present photo identification.

        Physical presence of the parent in the residence of the child is required for tuition-free enrollment in FCPS. A change in enrollment status may be necessary if a parent initially enrolls the student but leaves Fairfax County. Virginia law and FCPS School Board policies and regulations set criteria regarding the enrollment of children by nonparents. Having legal custody is only one of the requirements that must be met.

      • Proof of birth:

        An original birth certificate is required for all students. If a birth certificate is not available, an affidavit with substantiating documentation is required.

        The legal name of the student as shown on the original birth certificate will be entered in the student record. Name changes to an original birth certificate must be supported by a court document.

      • Documentation of previous educational program:

        School records and original transcripts are required of secondary students (an informal copy is acceptable for registration purposes only) and recommended for elementary students. Recent periods of non-school attendance must be accounted for. If a translated document is submitted, the original document in the original language must also be supplied.

        Schools will send all non-U.S. school transcripts to Student Registration for evaluation and translation when necessary.

        We will request official records from your child's previous school after the registration is completed.  You can request to have the students former school mail (8700 Laurel Crest Dr., Lorton, VA 22079) or fax the records to us at 703-690-5697), but they must have prior to the registration appointment, otherwise the appointment will be rescheduled.

      • Health Documentation (See FCPS Regulation 2101):

        Physical Examination & Tuberculosis Screening Requirements

        A certificate of physical examination (including required screenings) completed within the last 12 months prior to starting school by a U.S. licensed physician, licensed nurse practitioner, or licensed physician assistant acting under the supervision of a licensed physician is required for all students being admitted for the first time into kindergarten or elementary school. Transfer students entering elementary school must provide either a record of a physical examination completed prior to enrolling in the previous school or a record of a physical examination dated within the last 12 months.  Visit the FCPS Registration website for Tuberculosis Screening Requirements.

      • Special Education Records

        Any school records that involve IEPs or 504 information.  Please inform the registrar if your child has an IEP/504 when you call for an appointment.

      • Immunization Records: 

        To ensure the vaccinations are in compliance with Virginia’s requirements, visit the FCPS registration website to review against your medical records. The student cannot be enrolled unless vaccinations are in compliance

Military family registration 

To help make your transition easier, Department of Defense (DOD) employees from each branch of service provide a School Liaison Officer or a point of contact. School Liaison Officers are the primary point of contact for school-related matters and assist military families with school issues.

Translation Services

Registration requirements documents and translations are available on this page in English, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese. For recorded information about registration, please call 703-204-6795. 

Withdrawals

Please contact Ms. Perper (slperper@fcps.edu) as soon as your plans to relocate are known in order to initiate the withdrawal process paperwork and preparation of documents. Withdrawals are a two-day process; please plan accordingly.

A withdrawal form will be provided which must be signed by a parent. Once the signed form is submitted to Ms. Perper, the student will be instructed on how to complete the withdrawal process. Please make sure that all textbooks, library materials, musical instruments, etc. are returned. Withdrawals are not complete until unpaid obligations are satisfied.

Any request for records must be in writing and will take a minimum of five (5) business days.

Address Updates

To update your home address, you must do the following:

  • Complete the Student Information Update form (copies are available in the Student Services Office or may be sent to the parent electronically).

  • Provide proof of residency by submitting a current, fully-executed lease or deed/closing documents.

FCPS Guidelines for Proof of Residency – Parents must notify their child’s school when their home address changes and provide proof of their new residence. If families move out of Fairfax County, children are no longer eligible to attend Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) and will be withdrawn. If the family is living in the residence of a friend or relative, the homeowner/leaseholder must provide the notarized FCPS affidavit accompanied by the lease or deed. Another FCPS affidavit by the parent stating his/her residence and three official supporting documents to that effect is also required.

Additional Information

Should you have any questions regarding registering your student, please contact Sherri Perper, our Student Registrar by email at slperper@fcps.edu.