Welcome to Kindergarten

  • Welcome to the Newton Public Schools! We are happy you are here. This is an exciting time for you and your family as your child gets ready for Kindergarten. While there is much information to absorb and many forms to complete, our goal is to make the process as seamless as possible. 

Age Requirement for Kindergarten

  • The Newton School Committee policy for kindergarten age requirement is as follows:  

    “Children who will be five years of age prior to September 1 of the school year during which they wish to enroll will be eligible to enter kindergarten for that school year.” 

    This means that your child must be five years old on or before August 31 of the school year in which they are seeking enrollment.

2022-23 Information Night for Families NEW to NPS

Online Registration

  • Registration is now OPEN. Please use this link to register: Newton Public Schools Online Registration Portal  

    Details on the registration timeline are here: Timeline for Registration

    While there is no deadline, we will ask that you register your student by March 18, 2022 to help us plan staffing and programming most effectively. 

    A few helpful hints for you:

    • Prepare by gathering all the required documents noted in the Registration Checklist (found as a PDF document in the next section on 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 Hien Tran in our English Language Learners office:
    • If you need general registration assistance or have questions, please email:
    • If you need technical assistance, please email:

Registration Forms

Find Your School

  • You can find your districted school (which may be subject to change based upon upcoming districting decisions) by following this Find Your School link:
    Important note! A buffer zone is geographical area in which residences are assigned to two schools. If you live in a buffer zone, you will see two schools listed in the database under elementary or middle school. Please visit the buffer zone page for more information.
    *NOTE: The school system is currently revewing several neighborhood areas for potential changes in school districting and buffer zone additions. We will notify those families who may be impacted by any changes.

"Buffer Zones"

  • 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. 

    Your online registration will automatically note if you are in a bufffer zone and provide an opportunity for you to select a preferred school.

    Your final school placement will be determined by the assistant superintendents of elementary and secondary education in the spring, as close to April 30, 2021 as possible.

English Language Learners (ELL)

  • By law, if a language other than or in addition to English is spoken at home, a teacher from the ELL program will assess your child's English Language proficiency during the Kindergarten screening at your school. If you need an interpreter, please inform the school prior to your screening appointment. For more information on Newton's ELL program, please visit the website page.

Additional Newton Public School Resources

Kindergarten Resources

  • Early Years are Learning Years (National Association for the Education of Young Children)
    Preschool information form:
    The preschool information form is sent to all local Newton preschools. Staff at the preschool is asked to fill out the form and return it to the school your child will attend in the fall. If your child attends school outside of Newton, you can provide this form to the school and ask that they complete and return it. It is an optional form that serves only to provide more information about your child.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How many elementary schools are in Newton?

  • How is my child assigned to a school?

  • Can I choose a school other than the one assigned to my address?

  • Can I tour the school?

  • Is there an age requirement for Kindergarten?

  • Can a parent decide to defer kindergarten registration even though their child is age-eligible?

  • How long is the Kindergarten day?

  • Will my child ride the bus to school?

  • What is the Blue Zone?

  • Is there an option for early drop-off?

  • Are there after school care programs?

  • What is the immunization requirement for school attendance?

  • How do schools handle a child with food allergies?

  • Why does my child have a kindergarten screening?

  • Is my child ready for Kindergarten?

  • What will my child learn in Kindergarten?

  • How do teachers communicate with parents/guardians?

  • Can I request my child be in a class with a friend or a specific teacher?