Student on first day of school
  •  GCS Families, Welcome Back to School!

    We are so excited to have your child in the classroom for the 2019-20 school year. This page will give you the details you need to get the school year off to a great start.


    When is the first day of school?

    For most students, the first day of school is Monday, August 26, but some schools start as early as August 7. Here is a complete listing with links to school calendars:


    When is my school's open house?

    GCS has moved to a standardized open house schedule. For 2019, the schedule is:

    Monday, August 19               High school open houses              5-7 p.m.

    Tuesday, August 20               Middle school open houses           5-7 p.m.

    Wednesday, August 21          Elementary open houses              5-7 p.m.


    Click here to see the open-house schedule for early start schools. Please note that Brooks Global Studies will have its open house on Wednesday, August 21. 


    How do I find my child’s bus stop information?

    The bus stop locator is available here.


    What time does school start?

    Click here for a list of school start times or check your school’s web page.


    What does my child need for the first day?

    The elementary school supply list can be found here. The list has been standardized this year for all GCS elementary schools. For middle and high schools, please check your school’s website.  


    NOTE: Seventh-graders and kindergarten students will also need to show they’ve received the required vaccinations/immunizations. Click here to learn more.


    What else can I do to prepare my child to go back to school? 

    Click here for a list of tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics. 


    Where do I find the school meal menu?

    For more information about school nutrition services, including a list of schools with universal free meals, click here.

    Full price for breakfast is $1, and full price for lunch is $2.85. All students who qualify for reduced-priced meals will receive breakfast at no cost and can purchase lunch for $.40.


    Can I pay fees online? 

    Yes, using K12 Payment Center. Please note that the service fees are changing effective Aug. 1. Click here to read more


    How much is the athletics fee?

    Student athletes will need to pay a $45 athletics fee, which covers the entire school year regardless of the number of sports he or she plays. Families who cannot afford the fee can apply for a waiver. For more information, click here.


    How do I stay connected with GCS?

    Get social with us! Follow us at GCschoolsNC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Share your first day photos with the hashtag #GCSFirstDay2019

    You can also download the free GCS app by searching for Guilford County Schools in the App Store or on Google Play.

    Have a question? Submit it through Let’s Talk, and you’ll receive a response within 48 hours. Click here to access Let’s Talk.

    GCS has gone digital with electronic flyers! We use Peachjar to provide digital flyers directly to your email. Register to receive flyers at

    You can also stay in the know through Guilford Parent Academy! Be the first to know about upcoming events and get timely tips through weekly emails. Click here to join.


    How do I get involved as a volunteer, business or faith partner?

    Find out how you can help students and schools have a successful year here.  

Who to Call


    ACES (After-school Care Enrichment Services)

    Exceptional Children

    Health Services

    Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration

    Interpreters/English as a Second Language

    School Nutrition

    Student Assignment

    Student Records