Registration for New Students
Registration for all new students occurs at the District Registrar’s Office, located at 700 Delaware Avenue in Delmar (518/439-2442). Throughout the year one person staffs the office, so to ensure that someone is available to assist you, please call before visiting. Parents/guardians may enroll their children for school at any time during the school year. Only Bethlehem Central residents may enroll in Bethlehem Central Schools. Bethlehem Central does NOT accept tuition students. You must have proof of residency in order to enroll your child. If you do not know whether your residence is within BC school district boundaries or which elementary school is your home school, contact the BC Transportation Department, (518) 439-3830.
Along with a completed registration packet, the following documentation is required in order to enroll your child for school at Bethlehem Central:
- Your child’s original birth certificate or passport
- Your child’s official immunization record (signed by physician or clinic staff)
- Custody papers, if applicable. (If the student is not your biological child, you must present documentation that proves a permanent and total transfer of custody and control has been achieved.)
- Three proofs of residency within the school district that include the name and address of a parent or guardian and are dated within the previous 30 days.
- Proof of residency includes the following:
- Homeowner’s insurance policy – Must be a valid policy with parent/guardian name and address.
- Auto insurance policy – Must be a valid policy with parent/guardian name and address.
- Telephone bill
- Cable television installation receipt
- National Grid bill (2nd page)
- Legal and valid lease agreement – Must contain property owner’s name, address and signature; and name and signature of parent/guardian.
- Home purchase contract – Must contain seller’s name, the address of the property being purchased and the purchaser’s name.
Academic records, including transcripts, recent report cards and any special education plan should be presented at the time of registration or to the school. Please bring the name and mailing address of your child’s previous school to registration.
Elementary School Placement
We cannot guarantee placement at your home elementary school, but will try to accommodate those new students who register by April 1. If a grade at a particular elementary school reaches capacity, it will be necessary to place your child at another BC elementary school for the year, and then return your child to your home school for the remainder of his/her elementary schooling. When a decision is made on your child’s placement, we will contact you as soon as possible. If you have any questions, feel free to call the District Registrar, Melissa Haas, at 439-2442.
Registration can be completed in the Educational Services Center located at 700 Delaware Avenue, in the High School, Delmar and will occur from 8 a.m.-1 p.m and 2–4 p.m. from January 5 through February 10, 2017. If you are unable to make those times, please call (518) 439-2442, to make arrangements for another time. To register, children must be five years old by December 1 of the year they will start school. For example, children who will turn five between December 2, 2016 and December 1, 2017 will be eligible to start kindergarten in September 2017.
Kindergarten registration information was mailed to all eligible families currently in the district database. If you did not receive a kindergarten registration packet, please fill out a Preschool Student Information Form [electronic form] for your child. If you had not previously done this, your child would not be in our database. Please complete the electronic form so that registration materials will be mailed to you, including a letter that is mailed to parents, which includes information on the documents you will need to register your child for Kindergarten.
Contact District Registrar Melissa Haas at (518) 439-2442 if you have any questions. Once your child is registered for kindergarten, a screening will be scheduled for your child at your home elementary school.
It is very important for the district to be aware of any resident preschoolers in order to plan for future enrollment and to ensure that your family receives our Seeds of Learning preschool newsletter. Please complete a Private School/Preschool Student Information Form [electronic form] and return it to the district registrar.
The district provides transportation to resident students who attend private or parochial school within 16 miles of their home. Private school students must be registered through the registrar’s office in order to receive transportation services. Please fill out a Private School/Preschool Student Information Form [PDF] and a Private/Parochial School Transportation Request Form [PDF] and send them in together. In addition, you must present three (3) proofs of residency in the district. If your child attends a private/parochial school but you plan to enroll him/her in a Bethlehem Central school for the upcoming school year, you must contact the registrar to register your child (even if your child previously attended a district school). You may register beginning each April for the following school year.
700 Delaware Avenue
Delmar, NY 12054
Phone: (518) 439-2442
Fax: (518) 475-0352
Hours: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4:30 p.m., M-F
Summer Hours: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., M-F