Registration is a multi-step process to enroll your child in the Public Schools of Brookline. Each student must clear residency, meet Massachusetts Department of Public Health requirements, and complete a guidance appointment to begin attending school.
New-to-Brookline families may register for the Public Schools of Brookline at any time for a school year assignment. Please register and make an appointment with the Office of Registration and Enrollment as soon as you are able to provide adequate proof of your residency and occupancy. If you live in a buffer zone, we will make an assignment as soon as possible after your registration appointment. If you are moving over the summer, registration will not be complete until the schools reopen in late August.
Any family that wishes to register their student for school must first meet our residency requirements.
Families preparing for an international move can prepare by making certain to gather the appropriate documents. If these documents are not in English, you must provide original and authorized translations of any documents at the time of their registration meeting. These documents include birth certificates, custody documents, immunization records, and school records/transcripts.
You can also review the required immunization schedule for students entering Massachusetts Public Schools (available here: Student Health Services). Please be aware that your child is excluded from starting school until immunization requirements are met. It is important to note that different countries have different requirements, so students enrolling from outside of the United States may be missing one or more of our required immunizations.
Click the link on the appropriate registration page (Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, BEEP and Pre-Kindergarten). To start, please create a username and password and complete all required questions in the application. Please allow yourself ample time to complete the application questionnaire. We recommend using a non-mobile device to complete this task if possible, as it is easier with access to a keyboard.
If you are having difficulty using your own device to access Registration Gateway, or do not have compatible technology available to you at home, you are welcome to use a device available at Brookline Town Hall (333 Washington Street, Brookline, MA, 02445) during business hours to complete the online application.
For Apple users, please note: Registration Gateway is only supported on OSX 10.7 and higher. If you are having difficulty using your own device to access Registration Gateway, you are welcome to use a device available at Brookline Town Hall (333 Washington Street, Brookline, MA, 02445) during business hours to complete the online application.
You must make an appointment with the Office of Registration and Enrollment through the online application. This is the final step in the application – click “Continue” when you reach the end and can see the checklist of documents to access our appointment calendar. Appointment slots are made available approximately one month ahead of the current date (i.e., if you want an appointment for August 25, it will not be available until approximately July 25).
To reschedule, please click on the confirmation email for your original appointment and click "reschedule". You will then be able to select a new appointment from the appointments available. If you are cancelling a same day appointment, please call 617-264-6492 and select option 1 from the menu.
Yes. It is required that you schedule a registration appointment for each of your students. While most families are able to complete a registration appointment in slightly less than the scheduled time allotted, it is not possible to register multiple students in only one appointment slot. You are strongly encouraged to select consecutive appointments for your students (appearing every 30 minutes) so that we can better serve your family in one meeting.
If you select appointments at different times for your students, we may contact you to reschedule to a different time. If you are unable to find consecutive appointments, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-264-6492 and select option 1 from the menu so that we can work with you to arrange an appointment block for your family.
No. We require only one parent or legal guardian to attend the registration appointment. Please know that though their presence is not required, our team always welcomes students, siblings, and parents or guardians who wish to attend the appointment. Do please note that students must be residing in Brookline at the time of the registration, and they should be available to attend meetings with school staff in the days following registration if requested by the district.
If you are unable to read and answer the registration questions in English, please call Vicky Ching 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 Vicky Ching at 617-264-6412
Si vous ne pouvez pas lire et répondre aux questions de pré-inscription en anglais, vous êtes priés de contacter Vicky Ching 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-Vicky Ching 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、Vicky Ching (コリーン・マクガワン）電話番号617-264-6412 までご連絡下さい。
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Caso não compreender e/ou responder as perguntas no preenchimento da pré-matricula, feitas em inglês, por favor contacte a Sra. Vicky Ching 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 Vicky Ching 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 Vicky Ching a 617-264-6412 para aprender sobre recursos que le podrían ayudar.
During your appointment, staff will help each family complete a Home Language Survey. Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education regulations require that all 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 for that student. If further screening 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. For more about English Learner Screenings, visit our English Learner Education Screenings FAQs page.
Any and all documents required for registration that are not in English must be accompanied by authorized English translations. All translations must be completed by a translation agency or authorized translator, not by the parent or guardian.
The Office of Registration and Enrollment team member will make copies of any originals you bring and return the original to you. The only exception is official transcripts for students entering Brookline High School: original transcripts must be submitted directly to the school; our staff will, however, provide a copy of your original for your records.
The Office of Registration and Enrollment will communicate all school assignments to families, either by email or by letter. Students are assigned to school in Brookline primarily based on the location of their homes. To see which district your home is in, visit our School Locator. Please keep in mind that many addresses in Brookline fall within buffer zones. For more information regarding buffer zones, please see our Buffer Zone FAQ.
A student who is eligible for English Learner Education (ELE) services may enroll in the district's Native Language Support Program (Korean, Hebrew, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, and Russian). If a Native Language Support Program is located at a school outside his/her home district, the family may choose that school. The ELE department communicates with the Office of Registration and Enrollment to facilitate school assignment for those students choosing a Native Language Support Program. A school assignment cannot be made until the student has completed their EL screening.
Through IEP team meetings, families and school staff participate in determining and making all decisions regarding special education services. Recommended programs and services are made with parent involvement, allowing students to receive services in any composite program designed individually and drawing from our comprehensive resources.
No. In order for a student to be registered for Kindergarten, they must have reached the age of five (5) years on or before August 31st of the year in which they enters Kindergarten. There are no exceptions.
Families wishing to enroll students for Kindergarten for the 2021-2022 School Year must have been born between September 1st, 2015 and August 31st, 2016.
If a student completes a kindergarten year successfully in a public school elsewhere in Massachusetts, the student may enter grade 1. Additionally, students that have completed a public school kindergarten in a different state may be placed in 1st grade.
The student may not use any other private, parochial or day care kindergarten as a substitute for a public school kindergarten program. Attendance of kindergarten outside of the United States can not be substituted as completion of kindergarten in Brookline.
Final decisions will be made by the Principal or Head of the school. The Office of Registration and Enrollment makes preliminary grade placements based on evidence shown at the registration appointment. Principals may consult with guidance counselors and department coordinators. The decision will be based on the following factors: Child’s age, ability, achievement, social development, and previous grade; scores and evaluations on tests as utilized by the Public Schools of Brookline; parental input; input from the child’s previous teacher, where possible.
If your proofs of occupancy are electronic, please submit your e-bill/statement electronically in the application or to our email email@example.com . All e-bill/statments must indicate that service is established at your residence in order to be accepted as valid proofs.
Required school records are based on the grade that you are enrolling the student for:
- Grades PK-K: not required
- Grades 1-8: most recent report card/progress report; the document must indicate the student’s most recently completed grade level
- Grade 9: 7th and 8th grade transcripts
- Grade 10: 8th and 9th grade transcripts
- Grade 11: 9th and 10th grade transcripts
- Grade 12: 9th, 10th, and 11th grade transcripts
Please also present any and all relevant records or documents relating to a student's Special Education services, Individualized Education Program (IEP), 504 Plan, or English Learner Education (ELE) records, if applicable.
According to our Student Health Services Department: Massachusetts Department of Public Health requires that a student may enter school only after the following requirements are met:
- Every student must have all required immunizations completed prior to beginning school. The school nurse must review and clear each student.
- Missing immunizations may delay school enrollment start date. Immunization documentation must be translated and is required before entry. Dates must include month and year and in some cases, exact days may be necessary to fully establish your child’s immune status. Please find the list of required immunizations here.
- Physical Examination performed and signed by a US health care provider completed within one year prior to entry. Students newly enrolling have a 30 day time period in which to submit a physical exam performed by a healthcare practitioner in the United States.
- Lead level and vision screening completed before entry to kindergarten. Your health care provider is required to test your child’s vision. Please have your PCP include the results with the immunization record or physical exam.
- Please note that there is no specific required form, only that the required immunizations and physical exam are documented as outlined above.
For more information, please visit our Student Health Services page.
While students have a right to attend the elementary school in the school district where they reside, the Brookline School Committee endorses a policy of open enrollment, subject to certain provisions set forth below.
- The class size in the school district of the applicant, and that in the school being requested;
- The overall crowding conditions and staff/pupil loads in the school district of the applicant and that in the school being requested;
- The parents/guardians' reason for the request;
- The educational well-being of the student, including the opinions of the Principals of both schools and other staff members.
If a transfer is approved to one child in a family, there can be no guarantee that a sibling will be granted similar approval. Additionally, transportation of students to out-of-district schools shall be the responsibility of the student's family. The Superintendent of Schools, based on a recommendation from the Office of Registration and Enrollment, shall have the sole responsibility of deciding out-of-district transfer requests and the assignment of new families residing in buffer zones (see above), in accordance with School Committee policy.
Once you have completed a in-person appointment and provided all the required documents to the Office of Registration and Enrollment (and completed an English Language Learning Screening, if applicable), each student must complete the following steps before they can attend classes:
- Receive final school assignment
- Immunizations must be determined compliant by school nurse
- Attend meeting at assigned school with student and school counselor
Please note that the time required to complete these steps can vary from student to student, and The Office of Registration and Enrollment cannot guarantee a student’s “start date” until all requirements are complete and communicated with school staff.
The Brookline Extended Day Programs are independent non-profit organizations located in the schools and are unaffiliated with PSB. All of the school extended day programs are licensed through the Department of Early Education and Care of Massachusetts. The Public Schools of Brookline does not offer extended day programs directly. Due to the diverse programs offered, any family wishing to inquire about after school programs are encouraged to contact the relevant program directly.