Head Start

Head Start teachers prep students for entry into elementary school.

A new school year is almost here, and it's time to double check that everything is ready to go in time for the first day of class in the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD).

As a reminder, the first day of school for Sato Academy of Mathematics and Science (1100 Iroquois Ave.) and the California Academy of Mathematics and Science (1000 E Victoria St, Carson) was Tuesday, Aug. 14.

The rest of district will begin classes on Wednesday, Aug. 29.


Students are urged to register as soon as possible since LBUSD registration for schools is on a first-come, first-served basis, regardless of the student's home address.

If a student still needs to be registered, parents can pick up an enrollment packet from the school site. In addition to the packet, parents or guardians should bring:

  • Proof of residency documents (property tax receipts, rental property contract or lease, utility service statements, pay stubs or voter registration paperwork).
  • Proof of age documents for first-time enrollees (birth certificate, passport or baptismal certificate).
  • Proof of up-to-date immunizations.

For registration questions, call (562) 997-8247.


Students attending LBUSD schools are required to have up-to-date immunizations before attending class.

For a list of required vaccines, go to lbschools.net/Asset/files/District/Immunizations.pdf.

Transitional Kindergarten

To register for kindergarten, all eligible students must be 5 years old before Sep. 2, 2018.

For students who do not meet the age requirement, options for Transitional Kindergarten (TK) and Early Transitional Kindergarten (ETK) are available.

TK is an option for youngsters born between Sep. 2 and Dec. 2. It is a two-year educational program. 

If students are not eligible for TK, the option to enroll children for ETK is available to youngsters who will turn 5 years old between Dec. 3 and June 14.

For more information, or to register students for TK or ETK, call (562) 997-8087. 

Free and Reduced Meal Plans

Households who qualify may register their children for free or reduced price meals through the school district.

Children who receive CalFresh (formerly known as food stamps), California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKS) or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) automatically qualify.

To apply, go to longbeach.rocketscanapps.com and complete the application.

For more information on LBUSD meal plans, go to lbschools.net/Departments/Nutrition_Services/meal_app.cfm.

Bus Schedules

LBUSD provides bus transportation to and from school for eligible students. 

Long Beach Transit (LBT) also provides discounted fares for students. TAP passes — electronic, plastic cards that are used in place of loose cash and change — are available exclusively for students.

For more information, go to lbtransit.com/services/tap.aspx or call (562) 997-8247 for elementary school transportation, (562) 997-8100 for K-8 and middle school transportation and (562) 997-8115 for high school transportation.

For elementary school inquiries, call (562) 997-8247; for middle school and K-8 schools call (562) 997-8100; for high school inquiries call (562) 997-8115.

For more information on the Long Beach Unified School District, go to lbschools.net.

Stephanie Stutzman can be reached at sstutzman@gazettes.com

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