Welcome to the Public Schools of Brookline!
The Public Schools of Brookline is excited to welcome our newest students to our schools!
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.
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 able to start school, her/his parent or legal guardian must provide proofs of primary residence to the Office of Student Affairs, located at 24 Webster Place in Brookline. Temporary residence in Brookline for the sole purpose of attending the Public Schools of Brookline will not be considered as residency. You must be a resident at the time of pre-registration. If you are planning to move to Brookline, you are welcome to 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 AffairsPre-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 (i.e., Current School Year, Next School Year, etc.). 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 and timelines.The final part of the online application is to schedule an appointment with the Office of Student Affairs. Please be sure that you complete this step and save the appointment date and time prior to exiting the online application. Appointments are available approximately one month ahead of the current date (i.e., if you would like an appointment for August 25th, it will be available on approximately July 25th). 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. To begin with the online application, please click the button below:For Apple users, please note: Registration Gateway is only supported on OSX 10.7 and higher.If you are unable to read and answer the pre-registration questions in English, please call Colleen McGowan at our English Language Learning (ELL) Department, at (617) 264-6412, to learn about resources that may be able to assist you.
Step 3: Gather all required documents and complete paper forms to bring to your appointmentThe 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. Any items from the Occupancy List, as well as the Landlord Living Agreement document, must be dated within 45 days of our 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, and bring the completed forms with you to your pre-registration appointment. Download Checklist and Forms (Checklist is also available in: Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish). We ask that all documents be completed translated into English. All translations should be completed by a professional translator or translation service prior to your appointment.What about previous school records? Required school records for students are based on the grade that you are enrolling your student for: Grades 1 through 9 require the most recent report card and/or progress report. Please also present any records or documents relating to a student's Special Education services, Individualized Education Program (IEP), 504 Plan, or English Language Learning records, if applicable.Step 4: The Pre-registration AppointmentPre-registration appointments will take place with the Office of Student Affairs, located at 24 Webster Place, Brookline, MA 02445. During this appointment, staff will review your application, verify the required documents, and discuss the next steps for your student's enrollment. Please be sure to have all required documents at the time of your appointment in order to move on to the next step of enrollment. If you are missing any documents, you will need to return to the Office of Student Affairs with those missing documents.Staff will help you complete a Home Language Survey. The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) 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 (ELL) Department at the time of pre-registration.In addition, 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, please visit the Student Health Services webpage. Please be aware that although you register your child for school, they are excluded from beginning school until immunization requirements are met. Please review the regulations 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. The 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 NotificationThe Office of Students Affairs communicates all school assignments to families. Students are assigned to school in Brookline based primarily on the location of their addresses. To see which district your home is in, please click here. When searching, please select the address without the zip code. When reviewing the school district, make sure to also look for the "School Buffer Zone", which is listed after "School Zone". If listed, the buffer zone is that address' district, regardless of what the "School Zone" indicates. Please keep in mind that many addresses in Brookline fall within a buffer zone. If you are 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 zone assignment. Your newly entering student will be assigned to the same school as her or his 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 registration appointment. While we try to accommodate buffer preferences, 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 of her/his 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, might not receive a buffer assignment until the middle of summer vacation. 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-insEach new student will meet with a school counselor at their assigned school, as well as with the school nurse, to confirm immunizations. The Office of Student Affairs will notify both the school and the family of the school assignment. Upon notification of 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. Arrange to meet with your school nurse to plan for any special healthcare needs, or for the administration of any essential medications and/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 at this time.
Step 7: Teacher/class schedule assignmentsThe student will receive their teacher or class schedule directly from the school counselor, once the nurse has approved clearance for attendance. All students who have pre-registered in the Spring for the following school year will 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!
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.