Student Registration

2022-23 School Year Registration

The Greater Amsterdam School District has begun accepting registration for new Universal Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students for the 2022-23 school year. Registration is for Greater Amsterdam School Buildings and Whispering Pines Only.

  • Greater Amsterdam School Buildings will be offering only the 4yr UPK program
  • Whispering Pines will be offering the 3yr and 4yr old UPK Programs
  • Head Start 3yr and 4yr PreK Programs, please contact Head Start at 518-842-0329 for registration and information.
  • Students must be 3 years of age on or before December 1 of 2022 to be eligible for the 3 year old UPK program at Whispering Pines and Head Start
  • Students must be 4 years of age on or before December 1 of 2022 to be eligible for all 4 year old UPK programs.

The number of available Pre-Kindergarten slots for the district is determined by the New York State Education Department (NYSSED). Due to the limited number of Pre-Kindregarten slots at each or our buildings, a lottery is held every year to fill slots at available sites.

Section 3602-e of Education Law requires that school districts must establish a process to select eligible children to receive universal prekindergarten services on a random selection basis where there are more eligible children than can be served in a given school year.

Lottery announcements and acceptance letters will be mailed in June. The Early Pre-K Registration Lottery will continue through May 1. Lottery announcements will be released in June. Registrations received after May 1 will be based upon availability for incoming Universal Pre-Kindergarten or placed on a waiting list. Transportation is NOT provided for the Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program located at Greater Amsterdam School Buildings and Whispering Pines.

  • New Kindergarten students are now eligible to register anytime for the 2022-2023 school year.
  • Current PreK students going to Kindergarten will have forms sent home with the students and will need to be returned before the deadline to be enrolled. *Proof of residence is required if there is an address change
  • Current 3yr PreK Whispering Pines students will have forms sent home with the students and will need to be returned before the deadline in order to be entered in the lottery for the 22/23 4yr old UPK Program. *Proof of residence is required if there is an address change.
  • Registrations for New Students grades 1-12 for the 2022-23 school year will only be accepted after June 1st. *Completed Registration Packet and Proofs Required
  • Students grades K-11 currently attending will NOT need to register and will be automatically transferred to their designated school. St. Mary’s Students will need to register as a new student. Elementary placement letters will be mailed in June. Secondary School letters will be mailed in the summer.
  • St. Mary’s students wishing to attend Greater Amsterdam School District Schools need to register as a New Student, providing a completed registration packet and required proofs.

Please note, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, there are no walk-in registrations at this time. All registrations are done online, printed or copies of the registration packet can be picked up and dropped off at the District Office. Instructions for submitting registrations are provided on the front cover page of the registration packet. Please contact the registration
office if you have any questions.

Directions for registering students paper form 

Download and print registration packet below. Follow instructions on the front page of the registration packet.

Directions for registering students online

In order to register online you will need the following:

  • Custodial Parent/Guardian valid email address
  • Access to a printer for additional forms
  • ALL required Proofs and completed Forms

 

DEADLINE: The online registration will expire IF all Required Proofs and Additional Online Registration Forms are NOT received within 14 days. A new online registration and proofs/forms will need to be resubmitted for any online registration that has expired.

Step 1: Register online at the following link:
http://parentportal-neric.eschooldata.com/Amsterdam/register/0/en

Step 2: Required Proof List: Can be submitted through email (scanned, screenshots or photos) to complete the online registration or dropped off at the district registration office.

  • 2 Proofs of Residence: For example, a utility statement, cable statement, notarized lease, driver’s license with current physical address, government agency letter, etc. Letters of proofs must be postmarked/dated within 30 days of registration. **If you are living in a “Temporary Residence” and have no proof of residence, please print and complete STAC/Housing Questionnaire form as your proof of residence.
  • STAC/Housing Questionnaire Form -ONLY for families/students in a “Temporary Residence” (Ex; shelter, motel/hotel, car, park, campsite, temporarily doubling up with another family or an unaccompanied youth) Proof of residence will be required once permanent residence is established.

STAC/Housing Questionnaire Form

  • Copy of Student’s Birth Certificate (Passport, Government ID or Visa accepted)
  • Copy of Custodial Parent/Guardian ID
  • Updated Immunization Records (may be faxed to 518-842-0012)
  • Most recent Custody Orders or Order of Protections (must be signed by a judge), Foster Letters, DSS/CPS/DFA Custody Letters, if applicable
  • PLEASE DO NOT SEND SOCIAL SECURITY CARD

Step 3: Using the link below, please complete the additional registration forms. These forms were NOT provided on the online registration (Step 1) and must be printed and submitted with Required Proofs either thru email (scanned, screenshots or photos) or dropped off at the district registration office.

Additional Registration Forms:

Additional Forms – Online Registration Packet

  • Home Language Questionnaire
  • Health Registration Form
  • Release of Records Form (if no previous school please write N/A on form)

Step 4: Email OR Drop off copies of Required Proofs and Additional Online Registration Forms.

Email:

Please include the student’s name and grade he/she will be enrolling for along with ALL Proofs and Forms in one email. Separate emails may delay completion of registration. Proofs and Forms that are scanned or taken by screenshots will only be accepted if clear and legible.

Email Required Proofs and Additional Online Registration Forms to:
[email protected]

Drop Off:

Copies of Required Proofs and Additional Online Registration Forms may be dropped off to the locked black box labeled “Registration Drop Box” located outside the District Office doors. The District Office is located behind Amsterdam High School on 140 Saratoga Ave. (Use Miami Ave. District Office parking lot). The District Office doors are located in front of
the rock climbing wall.

Please send an email to us once you have dropped off your copies of the Required Proofs and Additional Registration Forms to:
[email protected]

**Once proofs and forms are received in the registration department, an email will be sent to the custodial parent/guardian confirming the completion. If there are any missing documents or forms you will be notified.

Due to the high volume of registrations during the summer, please allow 5-7 business days before following up if you have not been notified. The registration office will contact you either via email or phone in the order it was received. For Registrations received after school begins, please contact the registration office 1-2 business days if you have not been contacted.

For further assistance or questions please email:

District Registrar:
Nia Greco at [email protected] – (518) 843-3180 ext 7503

Registration and Spanish Translation:
Lucy Guisti at [email protected] – (518) 843-3180 ext 7407

School Placement

  • All students will be in their home designated school zones in grades K-5.
  • Due to building capacity, GASD will not allow parents to transport their children outside of their designated home school zone.
  • School zone placement is according to the custodial parent/guardian’s current
    physical address listed. Any changes in physical address may result in a change to a student’s school placement.
  • Special Education students are placed according to where their programs are
    located. This could result in students in the same household being placed in different buildings.

Transportation Information

  • Transportation will not be provided for the Universal Pre-Kindergarten program. For Pre-K only, parents/guardians will be responsible for dropping off and picking up their children at school. No exceptions.
  • If eligible, Transportation will be provided for students K-12. Please inquire with schools or the transportation office for eligibility.

General Registration Information

Who Can Register

The student’s custodial parent/guardian must sign and complete all forms.
Students who are 5 years old and under 21 years of age who have not received a high school diploma and reside in the Greater Amsterdam School District are entitled to attend without the payment of tuition.

Students who become 6 years of age on or before the 1st of December in any school year are required to attend until the last day of session in the school year in which the student becomes 16 years of age.

4 yr Pre-K programs: Children who are district residents, and who are 4 years old on or before December 1, will be eligible to register for the 4yr PreK program. 3yr Pre-K programs: Program only available at Whispering Pines. Children who are 3 years on or before December 1, will be eligible to register for the Whispering Pines 3 year program.

Head Start 3yr and 4yr Pre-K programs

For registration and details, please contact Head Start at 518-842-0329

Proofs of Ages

A birth certificate is an acceptable proof of age document.

Other examples of documentation that can be used include:

  • Baptismal Record (from any country)
  • A Passport (from any country)
  • Driver’s License, State or Governmental ID
  • Hospital or Health Records
  • Documents from federal/state/local agencies
  • Record(s) from non-profit international aid agencies and voluntary agencies
  • Native American tribal document

Proofs of Residency

Those registering must provide two proofs of residency. Examples of that are as follows:

  • Utility bill or other service bills sent to the student’s home address
  • Income tax form that shows your address
  • Deed or lease to house or apartment
  • House purchase agreement
  • Official Driver’s License, permit or non-driver ID
  • Voter registration document
  • Custody or guardianship papers
  • Government issued ID with address
  • Affidavit (a Notarized letter) from the person you pay rent to stating you live there (Renter must show proof of residency or ownership of property in district)

Other forms that are accepted if applicable

  • Custody papers
  • IEP documents
  • Immunizations

Homeschool Enrollment

Contact: Lucy Guisti, email: [email protected] or 518-843-3180 ext 7407

For New Homeschool Registration the following will need to be completed:

  • Complete Homeschool Registration Packet

Home School Registration Packet

  • Letter of Intent: Student’s name, grade, date of birth, Parent/Guardian Contact Information, Address, Email, Phone number. The letter must be addressed to the Superintendent stating the student will be attending homeschool for the current school year.
  • A copy of the Custodial parent/Guardian ID
  • A copy of student’s birth certificate
  • 2 Proof of Residence

For Current Students enrolled who would like to enroll in homeschool the following will need to be completed:

  • Letter of Intent: Student’s name, grade, date of birth, Parent/Guardian Contact Information, Address, Email, Phone number. The letter must be addressed to the Superintendent stating the student will be attending homeschool for the current school year.
  • A copy of the custodial parent/guardian
  • 2 Proof of residence (if address has changed)

For Homeschool Students who would like to return to school building the following will need to be completed:

  • Complete Homeschool Re-Enrollment Form

Home School Re-Enrollment Form

  • A copy of the Custodial Parent/Guardian ID

Change of Address Information

Complete a change of address form and provide proof of residency, copy of custodial parent/guardian identification is required for a change of address. This can be emailed to Nia Greco at [email protected] or submitted to the student’s school building.

Change of Address Form

Withdrawal/Drop Out

Withdrawal/Drop Form

Custodial Parents/Guardians will need to provide proof of Identification to withdraw/drop students.

Students Dropping Out: Under New York State’s “compulsory education” law, children 6 years and older must attend a full-time school or homeschooling until they finish high school or the school year when they turn 16. *For High School Students requesting to drop out, please submit the withdrawal form and proof of custodial proof/guidance identification to the Guidance Office.

For Students Moving Out of District OR for Students under 6 yrs: The withdrawal form is only a notice to our district for students 6 years and older. Students will be marked absent and remain in our school system until an official release is received from the new school. Students under 6 years old will be withdrawn as requested.

*Please return withdrawal form and proof of identification to school or email to Nia Greco at [email protected].