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.
 
 
All Aboard the Kindergarten Train!  

All aboard! 

 Kindergarten Timeline
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)
 
Station 3: Gather all required documents to bring to your appointment 
 
Station 4: The Kindergarten Pre-Registration Appointment
 
Station 5: School Assignment Notification
 
Station 6: Kindergarten Screenings, Intake Appointments & School Nurse Check-ins
 
Station 7: Peek and Practice
 
Station 8: Teacher Assignments
 
Station 9: Last stop, Kindergarten!

Station 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.
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Station 2: Complete the online pre-registration application and make appointment with the Office of Student Affairs

Pre-Registration begins with an online application and should be completed only by  families who meet the Residency Requirements.
 
The online 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 considered.
  • 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 preferences. 
  • 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: 
Registration Gateway  
*For Apple users, please note: Registration Gateway is only supported on OSX 10.7 and higher (10.8, 10.9, 10.10, 10.11). 
 
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 On the train to Kindergarten!

Station 3: Gather all required documents to bring to your appointment

The parent/guardian must bring all required documents for each new student to enroll in the Public Schools of Brookline.
  • If 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.
Please download and print the required forms; bring 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 completely translated into English.  All translations should be completed by a professional translator or translation service prior to your appointment.

Document Checklist

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Station 4: The Kindergarten Pre-Registration Appointment

Pre-Registration Appointments will take place with the Office of Student Affairs, located at 24 Webster Place, Brookline, MA 02445.

  • Staff 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.
  • Staff 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. 
  • A 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.

  • A nurse will assist families to determine if students do not meet the requirements.
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On the train to Kindergarten!

 

Station 5: School Assignment Notification
 

The Office of Student Affairs will communicate all school assignments to families. 

Students are 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.

  • If 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 enrollment numbers.
  • 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 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 pre-registration appointment. We will try to accommodate your preference however this is not guaranteed.

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 his/her home district, the family may choose that school. For more information about our ELL program, click here. 
  • The ELL department communicates with the Office of Student Affairs to facilitate school assignment.
  • A school assignment cannot be made until the student has completed their ELL assessment.

If your 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.

 

Buffer assignments will be issued twice during the spring. 

  • For 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 April. 
  • For those students who have completed pre-registration and an ELL assessment (if applicable) by early May will be notified during the middle of May. 
  • 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.
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Station 6: Kindergarten Screenings, Intake Appointments & School Nurse Check-in

Each new student will meet with a school counselor at their assigned school and with the school nurse to confirm immunizations.

Upon 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 Kindergarten screening. 

  • 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.

Each student 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 appointments.

The school 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.  
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 On the train to Kindergarten!

Station 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.

The students 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.

Students 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.
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Station 8: Teacher Assignments

All students who have pre-registered in the spring receive their teacher assignments from their new school in late June or early July.

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 On the train to Kindergarten
 

Station 9: Last stop, Kindergarten!

Welcome to Kindergarten, and 
Welcome to Brookline!

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Kindergarten Registration
 
 
Please click the image to download the fully translated booklet, containing all the information available on this webpage.
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