Welcome to the Public Schools of Brookline!

The Public Schools of Brookline is excited to welcome our newest students to our schools!

Entering Brookline

The Office of Student Affairs has designed this website with information to assist families with the process of registration.  Please read all of the detailed information and follow each step in order to complete the registration process.  Here, you will find each of the steps required to enroll your students.

 Pre-Registration Steps

Please click on the number below to skip to that step:
Step 1: Can I pre-register for the Public Schools of Brookline?
Step 2: Complete the online pre-registration application and make appointment with the Office of Student Affairs (link to application here)
Step 3: Gather all required documents to bring to your appointment (view and download checklist here)
Step 4: The Pre-Registration Appointment
Step 5: School Assignment Notification
Step 6: School Counselor Intake Appointments & School Nurse Check-ins
Step 7: Teacher/Class Schedule Assignments
Step 8: Last step, Welcome to the Public Schools of Brookline!

Step 1: Can I pre-register for the Public Schools of Brookline?

Enrollment in the Public Schools of Brookline is contingent upon residency. 

· You must be a resident of Brookline in order to attend the Public Schools of Brookline.

· Before a student is registered and can start school, his/her parent or legal guardian must provide proofs of primary residence to the Office of Student Affairs, located at 24 Webster Place.  

· Temporary residence in the Town of Brookline for the sole purpose of attending the Public Schools of Brookline will not be considered residency.  

· You must be a resident at the time of pre-registration.  If you are planning to move to the Town of Brookline, you can pre-register your student only once you have taken occupancy of your Brookline residence.


Step 2: Complete the online pre-registration application and make appointment with the Office of Student Affairs

Pre-registration begins with an online application and should be completed only by families who meet the Residency Requirements

· When filling out the application, please be mindful to select the answer to the question "Appointment Type" that best reflects the reason for which you are enrolling your student.  
  • Depending upon the time of year, there may be more than one option available (Current School Year, Next School Year).  
  • If the option is not available, it may be too early in the year to complete the online pre-registration for your student.  Please check our News and FAQs page for more information about current registration periods and timelines.

· The final part of the online application is to schedule an appointment with the Office of Student Affairs.  Make sure you complete this step and save the appointment date and time before exiting the application. Appointments are available approximately one month ahead of the current date (ie, if you want an appointment for August 25, it will not be available until approximately July 25)

If you have previously used Registration Gateway (the online application interface), please use your existing username and password.  You will have to enter information for your incoming student, but some information will be saved upon login.

Begin with the online application by clicking the "Pre-Registration" button below: 
Pre-Registration link  

*For Apple users, please note: Registration Gateway is only supported on OSX 10.7 and higher (10.8, 10.9, 10.10, 10.11).

If you are unable to read and answer the pre-registration questions in English, please call Colleen McGowan at 617-264-6412 to learn about resources that may be able to assist you.  
Translation assistance  

Step 3: Gather all required documents and complete paper forms to bring to your appointment

The parent/guardian must bring all required documents for each new student to enroll in the Public Schools of Brookline. 

· If you have registered older siblings with the Public Schools of Brookline, you must still bring all of the required documents listed below.  Any items from the Occupancy list and the Landlord Living Agreement document must be dated within 45 days of ypur scheduled pre-registration appointment.  The Office of Student Affairs will verify the residency for all students at the time of your appointment.

Please download and print the required forms; bring completed forms with you to your pre-registration appointment.   Download Checklist and Forms (Checklist is also available in:  ArabicChineseHebrewJapaneseKoreanPortugueseRussian and Spanish

We ask that all documents be completely translated into English.  All translations should be completed by a professional translator or translation service prior to your appointment.

Student’s school records required are based on the grade that you are enrolling them for: Grades 1-8: most recent report card/progress report. 

Please present any records or documents relating to a student’s Special Education services, IEP, 504 Plan, or English Language Learning records, if applicable.

Click to Download Pre-Registration Checklist  

Step 4: The Pre-registration Appointment

Pre-registration Appointments will take place with the Office of Student Affairs, located at 24 Webster Place, Brookline, MA 02445.

· Staff will review your application, verify the required documents, and discuss the next steps for your student’s enrollment.

* Please have ALL required documents at the time of your appointment in order to move to the next step of enrollment. 

* If you are missing documents, you will need to return to the Office of Student Affairs with your missing documents. 

· Staff will help you complete a Home Language Survey. Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education regulations require that all Massachusetts schools determine the language(s) spoken in each student’s home in order to identify their specific language needs. If a language other than English is spoken in the home, the District is required to do further screening of your student. If further screening is required, Office of Student Affairs staff will schedule an appointment for your student with our English Language Learning Department at the time of pre-registration.

· Immunizations must be determined compliant by a school nurse (following submission at pre-registration, prior to school attendance). 

* For a full list of required health documentation can be found here: Student Health Services.

* Please be aware that although you register your child for school, they are excluded from starting school until immunization requirements are met. Please review the regulations above to ensure that your child is compliant.  It is important to note that different countries have different requirements.  Students enrolling from outside of the United States may be missing one or more of our required immunizations.   

¨ These include the Tdap vaccine, 2 MMR and the 4 Polio vaccines.  

¨ Massachusetts Department of Public Health requires that an additional vaccine be given if Measles, Mumps, Rubella or Varicella is given prior to the first birthday.

* Nursing staff are available to assist families to determine if students do not meet the requirements (seasonal).



Step 5: School Assignment Notification

The Office of Student Affairs communicates all school assignments to families.

Students are assigned to school in Brookline primarily based on the location of their addresses. 

To see which district your home is in, please go to Where Am I? Brookline.  When searching, please select the address without the zip code.  When reviewing the school district, make certain to look also for the “School Buffer Zone”, which is listed after School Zone.  If listed, the buffer zone is that address’ district, no matter what the"School Zone" lists.

Please keep in mind that many addresses in Brookline fall within a buffer zone.

· If your home is in a buffer zone, the Office of the Superintendent will make an assignment for all of the students in the family to the school with the lower enrollment numbers.

· If there is a sibling already enrolled at a school, that is your family’s buffer assignment.  Your newly entering student will be assigned to the same school as his or her sibling(s). 

· Each family in a buffer zone will be asked to make a request for a school assignment preference at the time of the pre-registration appointment. We will try to accommodate buffer preferences, however there are no guaranteed assignments. 


A student who is eligible for English Language Learning (ELL) services may take advantage of a Native Language Support Program (Korean, Hebrew, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, and Russian).  

· If the Native Language Support Program is located at a school outside his/her home district, the family may choose that school. 

· The ELL department communicates closely with the Office of Student Affairs to facilitate school assignment.

· If a student requires an ELL Screening, the school assignment cannot be made until the screening is complete.


If your family does not live in the buffer zone, or is not eligible for one of our school based Native Language Support Programs, you will receive your school assignment at the time of Pre-registration with a confirmation email.

Buffer assignments will be issued as soon as possible for students enrolling for the current school year. 

· For those students who are enrolling during the Spring for the following school year, there will be a notification in the late Spring.

· Any student pre-registering after early May may not receive a buffer assignment until the middle of the summer break. 

· For those families new to Brookline during the summer, buffer assignments are ongoing throughout the summer.

Step 6: School Counselor Intake Appointments & School Nurse Check-ins

Each new student will meet with a school counselor at their assigned school and with the school nurse to confirm immunizations.

The Office of Student Affairs will notify the school and the family of the school assignment.  Upon notification the school assignment, Office of Student Affairs staff will facilitate making an appointment for your student to go to their school and complete an intake appointment with the school’s counselor.  During peak registration times (Kindergarten and Summer), the Office of Student Affairs will assist in scheduling this appointment directly.

At the time of your appointment with the School Counselor at your child’s school, please check in with the school nurse to discuss clearance for school.

· Please arrange to meet with your school nurse to plan for any special health care needs or for the administration of any essential medications or procedures that are prescribed during the school day.

If your student is missing any immunizations at the time of Pre-registration, there will be an opportunity to update it with the nurse. 


Step 7: Teacher/class schedule assignments

The student will receive their teacher or class schedule directly from the counselor once the nurse has approved clearance for attendance.

All students who have pre-registered in the spring for the following school year receive their teacher assignments from their new school prior to the first day of school.



Step 8: Last step, Welcome to the Public Schools of Brookline!

  • 2017/18 Pre-Registration


    The application to pre-register for the 2017/18 school year for students entering grades 1-8 is now available.  


    Pre-registration is available only to students who maintain current Brookline residency. 


    When completing the application, please make sure to select the Appointment Type "Next School Year".  


    Once the application is complete, you must schedule a pre-registration appointment with the Office of Student Affairs.  Appointments will be available starting the week of April 3.

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