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Kindergarten Registration

Welcome, New Families!
Registering a child for Kindergarten is an exciting time for families. 

We hope that the information in this section assist you in understanding the registration and controlled choice process.

You can start the process by downloading the registration application and other required forms from our Forms Page. All registrations for Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten must be submitted in person to the Family Resource Center. Please bring the forms and the required documents when you register.

Registration Deadlines

  • Registering for the 2016 School Year: Age-eligible students who have recently moved to Cambridge or are otherwise entering school mid-year may register at any time. These registrations are processed on a first come, first served basis.

  • February Lottery: Registrations completed between February 1 and the assignment of January applicants in March 2017 will be entered into a second cycle Lottery. During the February Lottery, applications are randomized and assignments are made based on available openings. There is no special priority for siblings or proximity, and there will be fewer seats available.

  • Non-Lottery Kindergarten Registrations for September 2017: Applications received after the assignment of the January applicants in March and the closing of the February Lottery will be processed on a first come, first served basis. Non-Lottery registrations do not offer special priority for siblings or proximity. You may place your child on up to three waitlists if your true first choice of school has no seats available. As the school year approaches, there will be fewer available seats across the city; however, your child will definitely attend Junior Kindergarten or Kindergarten. 

Age of Eligibility

Child’s Birth Date Family should register or apply:
April 1, 2013 – August 31, 2014 3-Year-Old Lottery: October 3rd-31st
September 1, 2012 – March 31, 2013 JK/K Lottery: January 3rd-31st as a Junior Kindergartener.
Note: 4-year-olds who are NOT eligible for JK will be grouped with JKs and processed in January for those who choose Tobin Montessori.
September 1, 2011 – August 31, 2012
JK/K Lottery: January 3rd-31st as a Kindergartener

Contact the Family Resource Center
Hours: Monday - Friday | 8:30AM - 3:30PM
Tel: 617.349.6551 | Fax: 617.349.6552 
Email the FRC

Our staff members are available to assist you during business hours all year long, except holidays.