Our documents are in our home language, are they acceptable? May we translate them ourselves?
These documents must have certified translations*:
Photo identification: many passports have English translations,
Birth certificate: a passport qualifies as a certified translation
Immunization or vaccine records and physical examination: if the names of the vaccines are noted using their Latin names and the dates are noted using Arabic numerals, they may be comprehensible in their original form
Medical records, including special education testing
Physical custody documents
These documents may be unofficially translated:
School records: report cards, progress notes, student transcripts
These documents typically come in English because their point of origin is the United States:
Individualized Education Plans (IEPs): request English version from school of origin
Purchase & Sales
Car Registration & Insurance
However, in the event that you are using any of the above for school registration, and the original document is not in English, expect to be asked to provide a copy in English.
*A certified translation is completed by a professional translator. It usually comes with a mark, stamp, or seal indicating the qualifications of the translator.
Are all of these documents necessary?
Immunizations: students cannot come to school without *proof* of vaccines, if you need to work with a social worker to obtain vaccines call 617-559-4034 and leave a message.
Proof of Residency: if you do not have a long lease, please fill out the Residency Certification forms and have them notarized. Notaries are available at many banks and UPS stores.
Photo ID or Government issued ID for parent/guardian and child: I-94s are acceptable
The above documents are absolutely required for students to begin classes.