Next Stop, Kindergarten!
The Public Schools of Brookline is excited to welcome our newest students to Kindergarten in 2017! We know this is a very special time in each student's life, and we look forward to joining you on this journey.
The Office of Student Affairs has designed this webpage to assist families with the process of Kindergarten registration. Here, you will find each of the station stops along the way to Kindergarten. Please read all of the detailed stations and follow each step in order to complete the registration process.
Please click on the station number below to skip to that stop:
Station 1: Can I pre-register for Kindergarten?
Station 2: Complete the online pre-registration application and make appointment with the Office of Student Affairs (link to application here)
: Gather all required documents to bring to your appointment
: The Kindergarten Pre-Registration Appointment
: School Assignment Notification
: Kindergarten Screenings, Intake Appointments & School Nurse Check-ins
: Peek and Practice
: Teacher Assignments
Station 9: Last stop, Kindergarten!
1: Can I pre-register for Kindergarten?
You must be a resident of Brookline in
order to attend the Public Schools of Brookline.
- Enrollment in the Public Schools of
Brookline is contingent upon residency.
- Before a student is registered
and can start school, his/her parent or legal guardian must provide proofs of
primary residence to the Office of Student Affairs.
- Temporary residence in the
Town of Brookline for the sole purpose of attending the Public Schools of
Brookline will not be considered residency.
- You must be a resident at the
time of pre-registration. If you are
planning to move to the Town of Brookline, you can pre-register your student
only once you have taken occupancy of your Brookline residence.
In order for a student to be for
kindergarten, he/she must have reached the age of five (5) years on or before
August 31 of the year in which he/she enters kindergarten.
- Families wishing to enroll
their students for Kindergarten for September 2017 must have been born between
September 1, 2011 and August 31, 2012.
Station 2: Complete the online
pre-registration application and make appointment with the Office of Student
begins with an online application and should be completed only by families who meet the Residency Requirements.
application for Kindergarten will be available beginning January 4, 2017.
- When completing the application, please select the “Appointment type” answer Next School Year in order to apply for Kindergarten beginning September 2017.
- If you complete the online
application prior to January 4, 2017, you will have to review, edit, and
resubmit the application after January 4 in order for the application to be
- The final part of the
online application is to schedule an appointment with the Office of Student
Affairs. Make sure you complete this
step and save the appointment date and time before exiting the application.
- Appointments will take
place beginning January 2017. All
families who complete Pre-Registration during our Kindergarten enrollment
period of January and February will have equal weight for school assignment
- If you have previously
used Registration Gateway (the online application interface), you should use
your existing username and password. You
will have to re-enter all information for your incoming Kindergarten student,
but the parent information will be saved upon login.
Begin with the online application by clicking the "Pre-Registration" button below:
*For Apple users, please note: Registration Gateway is only supported on OSX 10.7 and higher (10.8, 10.9, 10.10, 10.11).
Station 3: Gather all required documents to bring to your
The parent/guardian must bring all required documents for each new
student to enroll in the Public Schools of Brookline.
the incoming Kindergarten student has been registered with the BEEP program you
must still bring all of the required documents listed below. Any items from the Occupancy list and the
Landlord Living Agreement document must be dated within 45 days of the
scheduled pre-registration appointment.
- If you have registered older siblings with the Public Schools of
Brookline, you must still bring all of the required documents listed
below. Any items from the Occupancy list
and the Landlord Living Agreement document must be dated within 45 days of the
scheduled pre-registration appointment.
The Office of Student Affairs will verify the residency for all students
at this time.
We ask that all documents be completely translated into English. All translations should be completed by a professional translator or translation service prior to your appointment.
Station 4: The Kindergarten
Pre-Registration Appointments will
take place with the Office of Student Affairs, located at 24 Webster Place,
Brookline, MA 02445.
will review your application, the required documents, and discuss the next
steps for your student’s enrollment.
- Please have ALL required documents at the time of your appointment in
order to move to the next stage of enrollment.
- If you are missing documents, you will need to return to the Office of
Student Affairs with those documents.
will help you 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 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 Department at the time of pre-registration.
nurse will be on staff during regular business hours to review the immunization
records. Immunizations must be determined compliant by school nurse
(following submission at pre-registration, prior to school attendance).
- For a full list of
required health documentation can be found here: Download health requirements
- Please be aware
that although you register your child for school, they are excluded from
starting school until immunization requirements are met. Please review the
regulations above to ensure that your child is compliant. 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. These include the Tdap vaccine, 2 MMR and the 4
Polio vaccines. 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.
nurse will assist families to determine if students do not meet the
Station 5: School Assignment
of Student Affairs will communicate all school assignments to families.
assigned to school in Brookline primarily based on the location of their homes.
To see which district your home is in, go to
http://gisweb.brooklinema.gov/whereami/. When searching, please select
the address without the zip code. When reviewing the school
district, make certain to look also for the “School Buffer Zone”, which is
listed after School Zone. If listed, the
buffer zone is that address’ district.
Please keep in mind that many
addresses in Brookline fall within buffer zones.
your home is in a buffer zone, the Office of Student Affairs will make an
assignment for all of the students in the family to the school with the lower
- If you have older students already enrolled at a school, that is your
family’s buffer assignment. Your rising
Kindergarten student will be assigned to the same school as their older
- Each family in a buffer zone will be asked to make a request for a school
assignment preference at the time of the pre-registration appointment. We will
try to accommodate your preference however this is not guaranteed.
who is eligible for English Language Learning (ELL) services may take advantage
of a Native Language Support Program (Korean, Hebrew, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, and
the Native Language Support Program is located at a school outside his/her home
district, the family may choose that school. For more information about our ELL
program, click here.
ELL department communicates with the Office of Student Affairs to facilitate
school assignment cannot be made until the student has completed their ELL
family does not live in the buffer zone, or is not eligible for one of our
school based Language Support Programs, you will receive your school assignment
at the time of Pre-Registration with a confirmation email.
assignments will be issued twice during the spring.
those students who have completed pre-registration and an ELL assessment (if
applicable) by early April, they will be notified during the last week of
- For those students who have completed pre-registration and an ELL
assessment (if applicable) by early May will be notified during the middle of
- Any student pre-registering after early May might not receive a buffer
assignment until the middle of the summer break. For those families new to Brookline during
the summer, buffer assignments take place on an ongoing basis.
Station 6: Kindergarten
Screenings, Intake Appointments & School Nurse Check-in
student will meet with a school counselor at their assigned school and with the
school nurse to confirm immunizations.
notification of your school assignment, the Office of Student Affairs will
arrange an appointment for your student to go to their school and complete a
- For non-buffer families, this appointment will be scheduled at the time
of your pre-registration appointment in January or February.
- Families in the buffer zone will receive instructions from the Office of
Student Affairs to schedule an appointment at their assigned school.
must complete a kindergarten screening and an intake appointment with the
school’s counselor. In some schools,
these will happen at the same time, while in others, it may be two separate
counselors will be holding these appointments in April and May (dates vary by
school). For those who pre-register
after this time, students will have meetings arranged either prior to the end
of the school year in June or in the late summer prior to the beginning of the
first day of school.
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.
- Please arrange to meet with your school nurse
to plan for any special health care needs or for the administration of any
essential medications or procedures that are prescribed during the school day.
- If your
student was missing any immunizations at the time of Pre-Registration, this is
an opportunity to update it with the nurse.
7: Peek and Practice
In the early
weeks of June, all new students who are pre-registered have the opportunity to
attend “Peek and Practice.” This event
lets the children practice being a Kindergartener for half of a day.
and their parent(s)/guardian(s) are invited to visit the school. The students will participate in fun
activities in a kindergarten classroom at their new school, while the parent(s)
and guardians have the opportunity to hear from the school’s leadership team.
have the opportunity to meet some of the other students who will also be in
their new school. They will also
experience their new school environment, and families can get a sense of what
to expect in September.
For families registering after June, Peek and Practice will not be
available. However, those families will
have an opportunity to see the school and families can ask questions at the
time of their school counselor appointment.
Station 8: Teacher Assignments
who have pre-registered in the spring receive their teacher assignments from
their new school in late June or early July.
Station 9: Last stop,
Welcome to Kindergarten, and TOP
Welcome to Brookline!