Enrolling in the Newton Public Schools

  • Welcome to the Newton Public Schools! Here in Newton, it is our goal to build welcoming, safe, and supportive school communities for all students. We are glad you are joining us and hope that your child's experience will be positive and rewarding.
    Below please find information necessary to register your student in the Newton Public Schools. If you are registering for Kindergarten, please visit our Kindergarten registration page.
    The process to enroll your student in the Newton Public Schools is now online. Please visit the New Student Registration page to begin the registration process.

    A few helpful hints for you:

    • Prepare by gathering all the required documents noted in the Registration Checklist (PDF document on the right side of this webpage)
    • Additional informational documents, such as immunization and residency requirements, are also posted as PDF documents on this page
    • Use your cell phone number when registering so that you can receive a text that will allow you to upload required documents via your smartphone
    • If you need language assistance, please contact our English Language Learners office: elloffice@newton.k12.ma.us
    • If you need general registration assistance or have questions, please email: registration@newton.k12.ma.us
    • If you need technical assistance, please email: registrationtechsupport@newton.k12.ma.us
    When you register online, you may find that you live in a "buffer zone." A buffer zone is geographical area in which residences are assigned to two schools. This allows the district flexibility in balancing class and school sizes. Please visit our buffer zone page for more information. To view elementary, middle or high school district maps, visit the City of Newton official Map Library

Find Your School

  • You can find your districted school by following this link:

    Find My Districted School

    Important Note! You may see two schools listed in the database under elementary or middle school. This means you live in a "buffer zone." Visit our buffer zone webpage for information on what a buffer zone is and what is means for you and your student.

Important Information

    • To register in the Newton Public Schools, you MUST be a resident of the City of Newton. Visit our residency page for information on showing residency.
    • If you find that your address is in a "buffer zone," please visit our buffer zone page for detailed information.
    • If you would like your student to attend a school DIFFERENT from your assigned school, visit the School Transfer Requests page for more information.
    • If you have moved within Newton, but outside the district in which your student currently attends, you must visit our continuation in placement if you would like your student to continue to attend the same school.
    • If your family is new to Newton and a language in addition to or other than English is spoken in the home, your registration process begins in our ELL office. Please visit our ELL page for specific forms and contact information. 
    • Would you like to learn more about special education and student services in Newton? Visit the special education and student services page.
    • Proof of residency does not apply to homeless students and families covered under the McKinney-Vento Act. All homeless families should contact the Newton Public Schools McKinney-Vento liaison who will work with you to enroll your students. The liaison can be reached at 617-559-9003.

Additional Newton Public School Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How many elementary schools are there in Newton?

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    There are 15 elementary schools in Newton and approximately 5800 students attend kindergarten through grade 5 during the 2017-2018 school year. The elementary schools feed to four middle schools and two high schools. School feeder patterns are assigned according to address.

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  • How is my child assigned to a school?

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    Newton Public Schools is a neighborhood school district. Each address in Newton is assigned to a school. Students are required to attend their neighborhood school unless approved to attend another school through Out-of-Assigned District or specific program placement.

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  • Can I tour the school?

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    Due to safety issues and desire to minimize disruption in our schools and classrooms, individual school tours are not available.

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  • What is the immunization requirement for school attendance?

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    Information on Massachusetts immunization requirement and school health can be found on the City of Newton’s website.

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  • Are there after school programs?

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    Each elementary school has an after-school program for the enrichment and enjoyment of children in kindergarten through grade 5. The program is fee-based and separate from the Newton Public School System. These programs, along with some community-based after-school programs, are part of the Newton After-School Association (NASA), which was initiated by school-aged child care directors to create a support network among peers. Families should call the after-school program located at their particular school for registration fees, hours and space availability. Contact information for after-school programs can be found on our After School Programs page..

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  • Is there an option for early drop-off?

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    Newton Public Schools offers an Early Morning Program for students in Grades K through 5 in each of the elementary schools. The program is fee-based and designed to provide a needed service by giving parents the opportunity to bring their children to school prior to the beginning of the regularly scheduled school day. Within the program, each elementary school will offer supervised before school care from 7:30 a.m. until 8:20 a.m. when students are admitted to their classrooms. Registration forms and other important information is located on the Elementary Early Morning Program page.

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  • Will my child ride the bus to school?

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    Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 71 Section 68, states that students in grades K-6 who reside more than 2.0 miles walking distance to their neighborhood school are entitled to free transportation. Please visit the Newton Transportation page for more information.

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  • What is the Blue Zone?

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    The City of Newton has created designated drop-off and pick-up areas at many schools in the city. These school drop off and pick up zones are commonly referred to as “Blue-Zones”. “Blue Zones” are designed to allow for improved traffic flow and safer drop-off and pick-up of students. “Blue Zones” are in effect Monday through Friday when school is in session. Information on the Blue Zone procedures for each school will be provided by the principal of the building.

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  • How do teachers communicate with parents/guardians?

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    Home/school communication is an important part of school attendance. Each classroom teacher and/or school will determine the best way to communicate between home and school regarding student learning. Parents are encouraged to contact classroom teachers with any information that they feel is important concerning their child.

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  • How do schools handle a child with food allergies?

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    Newton has a Life Threatening Food Allergy Policy. Parents whose children have a food allergy will meet with the school nurse and develop a Medical Emergency Plan. The School Committee Guidelines can found on our Policies, Procedures, and Protocols page.. Additional information on Medical Emergency Plans is on the Newton Health Department webpage

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