Welcome to the Public Schools of Brookline!

  • We are glad you are here and interested in enrolling your child in our public schools! Our mission is to ensure that every student develops the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue a productive and fulfilling life, participate thoughtfully in a democracy, and succeed in a diverse and evolving global society. This page is designed to assist families prepare for each step of the registration process.

    roadmap for registration

    Who is eligible to register?

    • In order to register for school, you and your children must be residents of Brookline and provide proof that the family lives in Brookline.

      • If you are planning to move to Brookline and hope to enroll your child or children, you will only be able to register once you have moved into your Brookline residence. You may begin to fill out the application approximately one month in advance of your arrival to secure an appointment after you take occupancy of your Brookline home.

    • Temporary residence in Brookline, for the sole purpose of attending the public schools, will not be considered as 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.

    • Under State and Federal law, your child will always have a place in the Brookline Schools. None of Brookline's K-8 schools, or the high school, will ever turn away a student who meets the residency requirements above. Please be mindful of school zones and buffer zones when registering your child for school in Brookline.

    What are the steps of the registration process?

    1. Verify Residency and Gather Documentation. You will complete this step prior to registration. If you currently live in Brookline, gather the required documentation that is needed for the registration process. The list of all the documents you need to complete registration is here. You will need these documents when you apply online.

    2. Submit Enrollment Application Online. As part of the online application, you will select a time for your in-person meeting at our Office of Registration and Enrollment.

    3. Meet with an Enrollment Team Member at the Office of Registration and Enrollment. Following your online application, you will complete this step. Our enrollment team will verify your documentation and help facilitate the next steps for your student’s enrollment. 

      1. English Learner Education Screening (if applicable).  The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) regulations require that all Massachusetts schools determine the language(s) used with or by the student, in order to identify their specific language needs. If a language other than or in addition to English is used with or by the student, the District is required to do further screening on behalf of your student. If this is required, the Office of Registration and Enrollment staff will schedule an appointment for your student with our English Learner Education (ELE) Department at the time of registration. The Home Language Survey also allows families to identify the need for translation and/or an interpreter.

    4. School Assignment. The Office of Registration and Enrollment will communicate all school assignments to families. If you live in a Buffer Zone, you will receive your school assignment on a rolling basis.  The ELE department communicates with the Office of Registration and Enrollment to facilitate school assignments for students who take advantage of a Native Language Support Program (Korean, Hebrew, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, or Russian). You may locate your zoned school here.

    5. Meet with your School Counselor and School Nurse. These two meetings occur at your child’s school. At these meetings, your child will have the chance to meet their school counselor and school nurse. The school nurse must verify that immunization records meet Massachusetts Department of Public Health requirements before a student can start school.

    6. Start School. Enrollment in the Public Schools of Brookline is complete when your child attends their first day of school!

    When should I register my child for school?

    • Registrations for the 2019-2020 School Year is now open for ALL grade levels and will be accepted until May 2020 on a rolling basis to ensure that students attend school as soon as possible. Please select "Current School Year" registrations to view available appointments. 

    • Registrations for the 2020-2021 School Year for Kindergarten begin on January 2020 and continues through May 2021. For grades 1-12, next school year registration opens on March 2020 and continues through May 2021. More information will be released in the Fall.

    All set? Here's a quick review:

    • Registration is in-person and by appointment only.
    • Registration must be completed by legal parent/guardian only.
    • Make sure you have the required documentation.
    • Make sure your registration appointment is correct and timely.
    • Complete the online application using Registration Gateway.

    Click on the links below to begin the registration process!

    Kindergarten Registration for Next School Year (2020-2021)

    All Grades (Kindergarten - 12th) Registration for Current School Year (2019-2020)

    Brookline Early Education Program (BEEP) Registration

    Visit our Frequently Asked Questions

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

    إذا كنت غير قادر على القراءة والإجابة على اسئلة  التسجيل المسبق باللغة الإنجليزية، يرجى الاتصال بالسيده كولين مكجوان على رقم الهاتف ٦١٧٢٦٤٦٤١٢ لمعرفة المزيد عن الموارد التي قد تكون قادرة على مساعدتك
    Colleen McGowan at (617) 264-6412
    如果您在为孩子注册时,不能阅读或者回答英文问题,请打电话给Colleen McGowan,她的电话是 (617) 264-6412,她可以向您提供更多资源帮助您。
    Si vous ne pouvez pas lire et répondre aux questions de pré-inscription en anglais, vous êtes priés de contacter Colleen McGowan au (617) 264-6412 pour obtenir des renseignements sur les ressources disponibles pour vous aider.
    אם אין באפשרותכם לקרוא או לענות על שאלון טרום-הרישום באנגלית, אנא התקשרו ל-Colleen McGowan במספר 617-264-6412 לקבלת עזרה.
    事前登録の質問を英語で読み、答えることが難しい場合は、その手助けとなる情報を差し上げますので、Colleen McGowan (コリーン・マクガワン)電話番号617-264-6412 までご連絡下さい。
    가등록 하실 때 나오는 영어를 읽고 그 질문에 대답할 수 없으시면, 저희가 학부모님들께 언어적 지원이나 도움을 제공해 드릴 수 있으니, 담당자인 콜린 맥고윈(Colleen McGowan)에게617-264-6412로 전화하여 알려주시기 바랍니다
    Caso não compreender e/ou responder as perguntas no preenchimento  da pré-matricula, feitas em inglês, por favor contacte a Sra. Collen McGowan pelo telefone (617) 264-6412 que poderá ajuda-lo(a) no processo.
    Если Вы не можете прочитать и ответить на английском языке на вопросы предварительной регистрации, пожалуйста, позвоните Colleen McGowan (Колин МакГауан) по телефону (617) 264-6412, чтобы узнать о ресурсах, которые могут Вам помочь.
    Si Ud. no puede leer ni contestar las preguntas de pre-inscripción en inglés, por favor, llame a Colleen McGowan a (617) 264-6412 para aprender sobre recursos que le podrían ayudar.

Contact Us

  • Address:
    333 Washington Street (4th Floor)
    Brookline, MA 02445
    We are open throughout the calendar year, with the exception of holidays and school vacations. Extended hours will be provided in August to accommodate peak registration times.

    Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Phone: (617) 264-6492    
    Fax: (617) 264-6494
    Meaghan Geaney, Coordinator
    Michael Chan, Enrollment and Community Engagement Specialist
    Bianca Levarity, Senior Clerk
    William McCarthy, District Attendance Officer
  • Required Documents