Kindergarten

Welcome to Kindergarten!

  • Welcome to the Newton Public Schools! We are happy you are here. It 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 it as easy and seamless as possible.

Kindergarten News

  • If your child turns 5 on or before August 31, 2017, he/she is eligible for Kindergarten. To streamline our registration process, we are hosting two information nights. 
     
    Session I*
    February 6, 2017 - 7:00 p.m. (completed)
    Newton North High School (Auditorium), 457 Walnut St.
     
    Session II*
    February 8, 2017 - 7:00 p.m.  (completed)
    Newton South High School (Auditorium), 140 Brandeis Rd.

Registration Process & Timeline

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    More questions? Check out our Kindergarten FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
     
Registration Timeline

Find Your School

  • In mid-December, a mailing was sent to all families identified through the Newton City Census as having a child of age to enter kindergarten. If you received the mailing, please return the enclosed postcard to your neighborhood school (identified on the postcard.)
     
    If you are new to Newton or do not receive the mailing by the end of December, please contact your neighborhood school, which can be found here:
     
     
    Important note! You may live in a "buffer zone," which is a geographical area in which students may attend one of two schools.  If you live in a buffer zone, you will see two schools listed in the database under "elementary school." Please see the next section for how to proceed if you live in a buffer zone.

"Buffer Zones"

  • If you live in a buffer zone, your Kindergarten registration process is as follows:
     
    1. Complete the buffer zone form and submit it to the address listed on the form.
     
    2. You will receive notification via mail identifying the school at which you should complete the Kindergarten registration/screening appointment. This may or may not be the school to which you are ultimately assigned.
     
    3. Call the school designated in the letter and make an appointment for a Kindergarten registration/screening. Appointments will occur in March.
     
    4. Families will be notified of school placement no later than June 1st.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is there an age requirement for Kindergarten?

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    Yes, the Newton Public Schools has a policy on school entrance age, which requires students be five-years-old by August 31 in order to attend kindergarten.

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  • Is my child ready for Kindergarten?

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    Children come to kindergarten from a wide variety of experiences and settings and we do not expect all kindergarteners to know the same things on the first day of school. We welcome the opportunity to partner with you in determining how best to meet the needs of your child. If you have questions about your child’s readiness, please let the staff at your neighborhood school know the day of the kindergarten registration/screening.

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

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    Kindergarten entry in the Newton Public Schools is for all students who turn five-years old by August 31. Children enter kindergarten with varied learning abilities and experiences. The Newton Public Schools encourages registration in kindergarten for all children who are age-eligible to attend. Massachusetts State Law requires a child must attend school in September of the calendar year in which they turn six-years old.

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Additional Information

Registration Forms