400 Lake Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: (607) 274-2201
Fax: (607) 274-2279
September - June: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
July and August: 8:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
To register your child for enrollment in the Ithaca City School District, documentation must be submitted to the Registrar Office in the ICSD Administration Building, 400 Lake Street, Ithaca, NY. Documentation must include proof of date of birth; acceptable documentation includes:
- Medical records/Immunization records (in English)
- School records
- Birth certificate
- Custody or guardianship legal documents (if applicable)
Entrance Age: District Policy 5140Children who reach their fifth birthday on or before December 1 of the year of matriculation are entitled to attend school, and may be admitted to kindergarten. Proof of age must be presented in the form of a birth certificate, baptismal certificate, or passport.
Kindergarten Orientation and Registration
The residence of children dwelling within the District’s boundaries shall be established in a manner that is consistent with state law and the authorized implementing regulations of the Commissioner of Education (the “Commissioner”). Proof of residency is required. Documentation may include, but is not limited to, the following:
Proof of Residency
- A residential lease, or proof of ownership of a house or condo (e.g., deed or mortgage statement);
- A statement by a third-party landlord, owner or tenant from whom the parents(s) or persons(s) in parental relation leases or with whom they share property within the district;
- A statement by a third party establishing the parent(s)’ or person(s) in parental relationship’s physical presence in the district.
- Income tax return;
- Utility or other bills;
- Membership documents based upon residency (i.e. library cards);
- Voter registration document;
- Official driver’s license, learner’s permit or non-driver identification;
- State or other government-issued identification;
- Federal, state or local agency documentation (i.e. social service agency, federal Office of Refugee);
- Evidence of custody of the child (including but not limited to judicial custody orders or guardianship papers).
International StudentsThe Ithaca City School District welcomes international students through a variety of New York’s foreign exchange agencies for grades 9–12 at Ithaca High School. We do not currently accept I-20 forms for individuals with an F-1 Student Visa.
Information on Rights of Parents from the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)An educational agency or institution shall give full rights under the Act to either parent, unless the agency or institution has been provided with evidence that there is a court order, State statute, or legally binding document relating to such matters as divorce, separation, or custody that specifically revokes these rights. (Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1232g)
Medical RegulationsDue to HIPAA regulations, medical records cannot be released without the authorization of the patient or the patient's parent/guardian. For enrollment eligibility purposes, it may be necessary for the District to request immunization records, health records, or other medical information. An ICSD Student Record Release Form can be found below.
At the time you register you will need to complete our enrollment forms (below). Any student records you can supply upon registration will facilitate the process. After supplying the required information and completing the district enrollment forms, an appointment will be made for an elementary or middle school student to meet with a school staff member. This will be for placement purposes in the classroom.
If you are registering a high school student, once the paperwork is completed and entered by the District Registrar, and you are attending Ithaca High School (I.H.S.) you will be contacted to meet for scheduling and ENL-Math screening (if applicable) with I.H.S. School Counselors by the I.H.S. Student Services Office.
If you are attending Lehman Alternative Community School, you will be contacted by their Student Services Office. For questions call (607) 274-2347.
Residence and School AssignmentThe links below will help in determining your residence and school assignment. They are provided as a public service, but ICSD cannot guarantee their accuracy. Please confirm all information with the registrar at the time of enrollment.
- Map of Elementary School Boundaries
- "Feeder Schools"
- English as a New Language (formerly ESOL) Programs
Open EnrollmentInformation about Open Enrollment, as well as Open Enrollment request forms, can be found here.
Current StudentsCurrent students enrolled in ICSD: If you would like to obtain an official copy of school records, including transcripts, you must contact the school you are attending and complete their required request forms/procedures.
Former StudentsFormer students no longer attending an ICSD school should complete this form: Transcript Request Form.
Affidavit of EmancipationFor students requesting to enroll, or continue enrollment, in the Ithaca City School District as emancipated students. Click to download
Residency AffidavitRegarding the residency of a student who does not live with their parent(s)/legal guardian(s). To be completed by the student’s custodian (individual with whom the student lives) to determine whether the student is legally entitled to attend ICSD schools as a resident of the custodian’s home. Click to download
Parental Residency AffidavitRegarding the residency of a student who does not live with their parent(s)/legal guardian(s). To be completed by the student’s parent/guardian to determine whether the student is legally entitled to attend ICSD schools as a resident of the district. Click to download
ICSD Registration Cover Letter
ICSD Registration Form
ICSD Residency Questionnaire
ICSD Student Identification Form
Home Language Questionnaire
ICSD Health History Form
ICSD Standard Authorization for the Exchange of Health Information
Consent & Authorization for Media Purposes
ICSD Release of School Records Form
ICSD Directory Information Release Form