ECS Back-to-School 2023-2024 School Year

Welcome to Eureka City Schools. The first day of school for the 2023-2024 school year is Monday, August 21, 2023.

There is still time to register preschool through 12th-grade students for the 2023-2024 school year. Although some school sites are full, waiting lists and special placement opportunities are available. Parents/guardians need to register students in person. For registration information and requirements, visit the Student Registration page by clicking here.


Is my child eligible for Transitional Kindergarten (TK) or Kindergarten? Visit the Humboldt County Office of Education TK & K Eligibility page by clicking here.


Where do I register my child?

Registration for Winzler Children's Center Preschool:
Phone: (707) 441-2498
Address: 719 Creighton St, Eureka, CA 95501

Registration for all ECS Elementary and Middle School sites:
Eureka City Schools District Office
Phone: (707) 441-3383
Address: 2100 J St, Eureka, CA 95501

Registration for Eureka High School and Zoe Barnum High School:
Eureka High School's Main Office
Phone: (707) 441-2508
Address: 1915 J St, Eureka, CA 95501
Note: All high school-age students will register at EHS; EHS refers students if they need to attend Zoe Barnum.



Your school of placement  will contact you with more details regarding your child(ren) entering school for the first day. You will receive the ECS 2023-2024 School Year Packet, which contains important 2023-2024 school year information. Please read, complete, and return all the enclosed document forms to your child(ren)'s school by Monday, August 28, 2023.


School Start & Dismissal Times – ECS Elementary Schools Alice Birney, Grant, Lafayette, and Washington are TK through 5th grade. For all elementary school grade levels, school starts at 8:10 a.m. Monday is minimum day and dismissal is at 1:55 p.m. School dismissal Tuesday through Friday is 2:42 p.m.

ECS Middle Schools Winship and Zane are 6th through 8th grade. For all middle school grade levels, school starts at 8:40 a.m. Monday is minimum day and dismissal is at 2:28 p.m. School dismissal Tuesday through Friday is 3:31 p.m.

Eureka High School has Monday Collaboration Day. On Monday, Zero Period starts at 7:37 a.m., 1st Period starts at 8:30 a.m., and 6th Period ends at 2:39 p.m. For the EHS Regular Day schedule (Tues-Fri), Zero Period starts at 7:26 a.m., 1st Period starts at 8:30 a.m., and 6th Period ends at 3:44 p.m.


School Orientations and Meet & Greet Opportunities

Winship Middle School: 
6th Grade
Thursday, August 17, 2023, 1:00 p.m. - 3 p.m.

7-8th Grade
Friday, August 18, 2023, 12:00 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Zane Middle School: Students can turn in their 2023-2024 Back-to-School Packet and pick up their schedules (if available) during these designated time frames. 

8th Grade
Wednesday, August 16, 2023, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

7th Grade
Thursday, August 17, 2023, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

6th Grade
Friday, August 18, 2023, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

New Student Orientation 
Friday, August 18, 2023, 1:00 p.m.  3:30 p.m.

Eureka High School:
New Student Orientation - There is one session for all new students.

Thursday, August 17, 2023, 9:00 a.m. to Noon. 

Zoe Barnum High School: To Be Determined. 

Please verify scheduled times with your school’s main office closer to the event date. For more information contact the school site. 


The Free Meals Program will continue for the 2023-2024 School Year. ECS is proud to be a part of California's Universal Meals Program, offering free breakfast, lunch, and an afterschool meal to all students TK-12th grade enrolled in the district. Traditional meal eligibility applications are no longer required; however, we ask that each family fill out the Benefit Eligibility Survey, included in the ECS 2023-2024 School Year Packet.  For more information visit the ECS Nutrition Services page by clicking here.


Students are required to wear appropriate apparel to school. Clothing is to cover the person, and clothing and shoes should be safe, functional, and worn properly. Please refer to the Parent/Guardian Handbook for apparel descriptions and requirements.

School buses are available with limited bus routes within the established bussing zones. Those who wish to have their students ride the bus must meet two conditions. 1. They must attend their School of Residence. 2. They must live outside the established non-transportation zones for their School of Residence. A bus form must be on file for your child(ren) to ride the bus. The forms are available at the ECS District Office and all school sites. For more information visit 
the Bus Routes page by clicking here or call the Transportation Department at (707) 441-2504.


Absenteeism & Tardiness – Students who are absent and/or late for 30 minutes or more with an unexcused reason, according to the State of California Ed Code 48260-48273, will be considered truant. Parents/guardians are required to contact the school when their child is absent for the day or late. Students must obtain a tardy slip/off-grounds slip upon arriving to school late or leaving school early. The State of California requires the school(s) to notify parents/guardians when a student is deemed truant. Each following truancy also requires parent notification. Research shows that students who attend school regularly tend to achieve higher levels of success than students who do not have regular attendance. Teachers can't help a child learn who is not in the classroom. Please do everything possible to ensure punctuality and consistent attendance for your child(ren).


Families are encouraged to take advantage of ECS scheduled vacation days when going on vacation. However, we understand unforeseen, necessary absences may occur. Please request an independent study for absences of five or more consecutive days and give your child(ren)'s teacher/school one-week advance notice to organize the independent study. If your child will be absent for less than five days, please contact your child(ren)'s teacher/school one week in advance for classroom work. Appropriate planning for absences will significantly help your child(ren)'s educational success.

Cell phones are allowed on campus; however, they are to remain off and confined, unless the teacher allows for instructional use.

Dropping off and picking up your child(ren) requires patience and best practices for the safety of our school community. Please enter and exit the school in the correct locations and drive very slowly. When parking your vehicle, please park legally and correctly in designated areas. Please remember to be safe, responsible, and respectful to your school community.

We invite you to follow the Eureka City Schools social media pages to stay updated on all things happening throughout the district. Click on the link to visit the following pages:


The ECS Facebook page

The ECS Instagram page

The ECS YouTube channel

Eureka City Schools' dedicated staff is looking forward to the 2023-2024 school year and is working hard to develop new programs that will enrich the educational experience for students and families.

Thank you for your dedication to ensuring your child(ren)'s academic success. We are excited to have you as part of the ECS community and look forward to supporting you in any way we can. Your cooperation and preparedness are greatly appreciated, and we know your child(ren) will thrive with your involvement.


Inspiring academic Excellence, Creativity, and the confidence to Succeed - ECS