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    Welcome to Gwinnett County Public Schools!

    The International Newcomer Center (INC) supports the enrollment of students entering the United States and Gwinnett County Public Schools in grades six through twelve at one of our middle or high schools. Our staff provides consultations, advisement, academic screening, and transcript evaluation for students to ensure that they receive appropriate placements in their new schools.

    Follow the steps below to read and view the videos to learn about the newcomer enrollment process at the INC.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

    Video: Overview of the Four Steps


  • Proof of Student’s Age

    Present one of the following:

    • A certified copy of a birth certificate; or
    • A federal, state, county, or school document with date of birth.

    Examples include a certified, hospital-issued birth record or birth certificate; military ID; valid driver’s license; passport; adoption record; religious record, signed by an authorized religious official; school transcript; official immigration documentation; or affidavit of age sworn by parent/guardian or other authorized person accompanied by a certificate of age signed by a licensed, practicing physician which states the physician has examined the child and believes the age, as stated in the affidavit, is substantially correct.

    For a fee, parents can order a birth certificate for a child born in Georgia through the state’s ROVER service.  http://gta.georgia.gov/rover

    Video: Proof of Student's Age

  • Proof of Authorized Person to Enroll

    The following persons are authorized to enroll students:

    • Parent (natural or adoptive)
    • Legal guardian
    • Grandparent with a properly executed power of attorney for the care of a minor child
    • Kinship caregiver with a properly executed Kinship Caregiver Affidavit
    • Foster parent appointed by a state agency
    • Sponsor for approved International Exchange Program

    The person authorized to enroll should present one of the following:

    • Driver’s license
    • State identification card
    • Passport
    • Other official photo identification

    Video: Proof of Authorized Person to Enroll

  • Proof of Residency

    Present one from Column A and one from Column B to show that a family lives in the attendance zone.

    Column A:  Present one of the following (must include address):  

    • Non-contingent sales contract
    • Current lease/rental agreement
    • Most recent income tax return
    • Current paycheck stub
    • Current residential property tax statement or bill
    • Current warranty or quit claim deed
    • Current home purchase agreement
    • Current homeowner’s insurance policy

    AND  Column B: One of the following:

    • Current gas bill
    • Current water bill
    • Current electric bill

    Important information about Proof of Residency documents

    • Documents presented for residency verification must include the same address as the accompanying utility bill.
    • The bill must have the name and address of the enrolling parent/guardian.
    • A telephone bill is not acceptable.
    • A contingency sales contract is not acceptable.
    • Exception: A deed without an address is acceptable if accompanied by two utility bills (excluding telephone bills) with same address in attendance zone.

    Residency Affidavit: If the student’s family is residing in the home or apartment of another individual, the following is necessary for enrollment:

    1. Notarized third-person affidavit of residency including:
      1. Signature of person with whom the family is living,
      2. Signature of parent/legal guardian of student, and
      3. Apartment manager’s signature, if applicable.
    2. Two forms of Proof of Residency for person with whom family is living
      (See Proof of Residency section. Present one from each column.)
    3. One piece of business mail in the parent/legal guardian’s name with the address of the home or apartment in which the student is residing. (This must be provided within 30 days of enrollment.)

    Video: Proof of Residency

  • Immunizations/Health Certificates

    County Health

    • Valid certificate of immunization (Ga. Health Dept. Form #3231), or a notarized Affidavit of Religious Exemption (Department of Health Form #2208 – available from the local school) is required for enrollment. The certificate of immunization must be completed by the health department or your health care provider. A valid Form #3231 must be marked with either “Date of Expiration” or as “Complete for School Attendance.” (A certificate marked with a “Date of Expiration” expires on the date indicated. A current certificate must be submitted within 30 days of expiration.) A medical exemption, if applicable, should be noted on Form #3231 with a current date of expiration.
    • Vision, Hearing, Dental and Nutrition Screening (Ga. Health Dept. Form #3300, rev. 2013), available from the health department or your doctor/dentist. Letters from appropriate healthcare professionals and out-of-state certificates are acceptable, if completed within the last 12 months and stapled to the state form.

    Video: Immunizations/Health Certificates

  • Previous School Records

    • Report cards or official school transcript
    • Withdrawal form from previous school
    • Discipline records for students enrolling in grades 7-12

    Video: Previous School Records

  • Additional Documents


  • Once you have all your documents...

    • Call 678-985-5200


    • Come to our office

    International Newcomer Center

    495 Maltbie St, Lawrenceville, GA 30046 

    Video: Step 2 - Make an Appointment


    • Arrive at your scheduled appointment time.
    • Bring all required documents to your appointment
    • The student test will last 1-3 hours.
    • If you need to reschedule call 678-985-5200.
    • Not having all your documents will delay the start date.
    • If you are more than 30 minutes late, your appointment will be rescheduled.

    Video: Step 3 - Prepare for your Appointment


  • An INC staff member will review all documents submitted and will enroll your student in Gwinnett’s student information system.  Two days later, you must call your student’s new school to schedule an appointment for registration.  Do not call your new school for this registration appointment before two days have passed because your student’s test scores will not be available before that time.

    Please note: Missing documents and/or inaccurate or incomplete documents will delay school registration and start date.

    Video: Step 4 - After your Appointment

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