Residency

To attend the Public Schools of Brookline, a student must reside in the Town of Brookline. A student’s primary residence is the place where s/he dwells permanently, not temporarily, and is the place that is the center of his or her domestic, social and civic life. The primary residence of a minor child is presumed to be the legal residence of the parent(s) or guardian(s) who have physical custody of the child. It is presumed that if a student is or will be residing here for three months or less, the student does not meet resident eligibility requirements and cannot be enrolled.

Families registering for the Public Schools of Brookline or submitting a change of address must demonstrate Brookline residency by submitting documents from an authorized list of acceptable proofs. A photo ID is also required.

The Public Schools of Brookline reserves the right to request additional documents and/or to conduct an investigation if needed throughout the school year at any given time.

No. You must close on your home purchase to register. We cannot accept a purchase and sale agreement. You can schedule your registration appointment with the Office of Registration and Enrollment for after the anticipated closing date. We will accept the HUD-1 Settlement Statement or the property deed as proof of residency.

No. For new renters, your lease must start prior to your registration appointment in order to be accepted as a valid proof of occupancy (i.e. lease begins August 1, registration must be August 1 or later). Please also note that you will need to provide a Landlord Living Agreement in addition to your lease to satisfy the residency requirement. Two separate proofs of occupancy, as outlined in the checklist, must also be presented as well.

If you share housing with a friend or relative, and you cannot provide the required proofs of residency, consult with the staff at the Office of Registration and Enrollment to determine the documents that will satisfy our requirements.

You will be asked to bring copies of any proofs of residency you have, and to describe the circumstances that prevent you from having the required proofs. Staff will work with you, and if necessary, complete a residency appeal form. All appeal forms will be reviewed by the Director of the Office of Registration and Enrollment and the Office of the Superintendent before it can be accepted as documentation.

Any person eighteen (18) years of age or older may establish a residence separate and apart from his or her parents or guardians for school attendance purposes. However, you will still be required to submit the proofs of residency bearing your name and address.

The proof of residency policy does not apply to homeless students and families covered under the McKinney-Vento Act. Contact the Office of Registration and Enrollment for assistance with registering your child, if you believe that you qualify. If you are staying in a shelter, bring a letter from the shelter staff stating that you are living there. The McKinney-Vento Liaison for the Public Schools of Brookline will work with you.

All applicants are required to submit proofs of residency. Applicants who do not have the required documents will be asked to return to the Office of Registration and Enrollment and/or reschedule their in-person appointment until they have the appropriate materials needed to complete registration.

To fulfill the requirements, you also may also submit a "work order" or “statement of service” letter from any utility company stating that your service has been established and/or installed at the residential address.

If you live in a household where all utilities are listed in the name of your landlord or someone else, AND if this is noted on your lease or landlord/shared tenancy affidavit, then you may submit proof of residency in the name of your landlord or the person that pays the bills.

If your lease specifies that all utilities are included, and you do not have a home telephone ("land-line telephone") or cable television, you may fill out an residency appeal form. All appeal forms will be reviewed by the Office of Registration and Enrollment and the Office of the Superintendent before it can be accepted as documentation.

If your personal circumstances make it impossible for you to provide the required proofs of residency, consult the staff at the Office of Registration and Enrollment. Staff will work with you, and if necessary, fill out aan residency appeal form. All appeal forms will be reviewed by the Director of the Office of Registration and Enrollment and the Office of the Superintendent before it can be accepted as documentation.

A photo ID is required for all registration, change of address, or transfer applications as proof that the person making the application matches documentation for parent/guardian status and is also the person whose name is associated with the residency proofs. Acceptable photo IDs include:

  • United States Driver’s License
  • Massachusetts ID card
  • Passport
  • Military, School or Employment ID
  • Another government issued ID that includes both your photo and legal name

As with all required proofs, your Photo ID must be in English in order to be accepted for registration.

Any and all documents required for registration hat are not in English must be accompanied by authorized translations into English. All translations must be completed by a translation agency or authorized translator, not by the parent or guardian.

No. Only a home telephone (“land-line”) bill satisfies this requirement.

No. Landlords typically include water in their lease agreement. Therefore, someone paying a water bill may or may not necessarily live in the property associated with the water bill.

  • If you have any other questions, please email us at enroll@psbma.org or call (617)-264-6492.

Residency