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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the age requirement to enter Kindergarten?

To enter kindergarten, your child MUST be the age of five (5) ON or BEFORE SEPTEMBER 1, 2024

Through the enactment of Act 16, the definition of compulsory school age was changed to “the period of a child’s life from the time the child’s parents elect to have the child enter school and which shall be no later than 6 years of age until the child reaches 18 years of age. The term does not include a child who holds a certificate of graduation from a regularly accredited, licensed, registered or approved high school.” 24 P.S. §13-1326.

Effective with the 2020-2021 school year, a child must comply with compulsory attendance requirements from age 6 to age 18. Specifically, a child who has attained the age of 6 on or before September 1 must enroll and attend school or begin a home school program that year. Additionally, any student less than 18 years of age must comply with compulsory school age requirements. The term “compulsory attendance” refers to the mandate that all children of compulsory school age having a legal residence in Pennsylvania must attend a day school in which the subjects and activities prescribed by the standards of the State Board of Education are taught in the English language, except in the following situations found in sections 1327, 1327.1, and 1330 of Pennsylvania’s Public School Code (School Code)

If I already have a student in MTSD, do I still need to provide all the registration and residency proofs?

YES, every original entry into the district MUST meet the same State guidelines.

Where does registration take place?

All registration is completed online through the registration website.  However, the traditional paper packets are available and are to be returned to our office at 3740 W 26th St. Erie, PA  16506.

Is there a deadline to register?

NO, since we are a public school, there is no deadline.  However, it is STRONGLY recommended that you register as early as you can or as soon as the school year application is available.

How do I know the boundary school where my child will attend?

Use our interactive map to find out! 

Can I request which school I would like my child to attend?

NO, placement is based on the parent’s physical address.  Students attend their boundary school.

Will my child receive busing?

Transportation is provided for all students in grades K-12, with the exception of a Grandview Elementary designated walk zone.  You will be notified by our Transportation Supervisor of your bus routing, usually by email or text message.  This information will include the bus number, pick-up and drop-off times, and the street location.  Busing will be in place at the beginning of a new school year.  For registrations thereafter, please plan to transport your child to/from school until busing is confirmed. Related forms and other transportation information can be found on our Transportation page.

What are the school start and end times?

  • High schools:                    7:50 a.m. – 2:40 p.m.
  • Middle schools:                7:50 a.m. – 2:40 p.m.
  • Elementary schools:        9:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

What if I cannot locate the property tax bill?

You may contact the Millcreek Township tax office at 814.838.8666 to request a copy of your school or county tax bill.

What if I pay my utility bills online?  How do I use these for proof(s) of residency?

All household utilities are acceptable forms of proof of residency; even if you pay online you can still print an online or account summary which must state your name, address and current date.

What if I am closing on a home in Millcreek, when can I register?

You may register your child by providing the Sale of Agreement or Contract on the new house.  Once you have your closing, please provide the Closing Disclosure Statement, followed by the public utility bill and updated driver’s license.

Who requests the transcripts/records for my child(ren) if I am transferring them to MTSD?

The school will request the records using the form you provided in your online or paper application.

Do my children need to have a physical or dental examination to register?

NO, the required examinations are not needed at the time of registration.  However, proof of immunizations or shot record is required.  Find more information here.

I completed registering my child for school. What’s next?

After we process your application, we will confirm by phone or via email the school your child will attend as well as the start date.  The school will request records and assign a teacher and/or prepare a schedule.  School related questions can be found on our website or by contacting the school’s main office.  Our transportation supervisor will notify you via email of the bus routing approximately three to five days after registration is complete.  Please plan to transport your child to/from school during this transition.