Residency

  • Your student must be a resident of Brookline in order to attend the Public Schools of Brookline.

    Before a student is registered to the Public Schools of Brookline and can start school, their parent or legal guardian must provide proofs of primary residence at the Office of Registration and Enrollment.  Temporary residence in the Town of Brookline for the sole purpose of attending the Public Schools of Brookline will not be considered residency.  Because residency can, and does, change for students and their families during the course of the academic year, and a student’s educational life, the Public Schools of Brookline may continue to verify residency after the commencement of classes.

     
    The Office of Registration and Enrollment may initiate an investigation in conjunction with the Residency Officer, including, but not limited to, a home visit to verify residency. If a student is found not to be actually residing in the Town of Brookline, the student will need to enroll in the school district of the city/town where he/she actually resides.
     
    Factors that may trigger an investigation include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Changes in residency that were not reported immediately to the Office of Registration and Enrollment, and/or the school where the student is enrolled;

    • Mail sent by the Public Schools of Brookline that is returned to the school;

    • Incomplete or contradictory proofs of residency;

    • Data inconsistencies within the Public Schools of Brookline student database;

    • Anonymous calls reporting suspected residency violations.

    Families found to be in violation of these requirements may face strict penalties, including, but not limited to, immediate withdrawal from their current school; per diem charges for the education and related services accessed as a non-resident which are based on the per-pupil cost to the district; and possible legal action.

    Please review our Residency FAQs and Current Families FAQs for additional information about Residency requirements. To verify your continued Brookline residency, please complete the form below, or by clicking here.
     
     

2020-21 Residency Verification

  • The delivery of instruction, be it virtual, hybrid, remote, or in-person, does not alter the residency requirements to be eligible for PSB instruction as defined by School Committee policy. If a student is found not residing primarily in Brookline, the student will need to withdraw from PSB. Instead, they will be asked to enroll in the school district of the city, town, or country in which they reside.

    Residency verification is a two-step process: 

    1. Please complete a brief electronic Affidavit of Residency. You can access this form below, or by visiting www.brookline.k12.ma.us/verifyresidency

    2. Respond to a mailed request to provide documentation regarding your current residence, which will be sent home during the 2020/21 school year directly to your family.

    Beginning in October 2020, the Office of Registration and Enrollment may ask you to submit documentation verifying your current residence. The required documentation is as follows:

    Proof of Residency (One option from the list below)

    • Mortgage Statement (most recent)
    • Property Tax Bill (most recent)
    • Active Lease Contract

    Proof of Occupancy (One option from the list below, dated within 45 days showing the service address)

    • Cable/Satellite TV/ Internet bill
    • Electric Bill
    • Gas Bill
    • Home telephone bill (cellular is not acceptable) 
    • Home/renter's insurance bill (health/vehicular is not acceptable)

     

    If you have not yet received a request for your documentation, do not submit anything at this time. When you receive the residency verification request, we ask that you complete the verification process within 14 days. If you cannot complete any portion of this process, please contact us by email at residency@psbma.org or by telephone at (617)-264-6492.