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Kindergarten Registration Information

Kindergarten Registration for the 2021-2022 School Year


Please fill out the New Student Registration Form (English, Español) and submit the completed form along with copies of all required documents (see below) by email, US mail, or placed in the secure drop box located outside the entrance of the Waltham High School, 617 Lexington Street.

If you are having difficulty with our registration forms or do not have technology available to you at home, you are welcome to use or borrow computers located at the Waltham Public Library (Monday, Wednesday, & Friday from 8:30AM-4:30PM, Tuesday & Thursday from 11AM-7PM, and Saturday 9AM-12PM) where currently masks are required. There are also copiers and printers available for use to the public.

Our registration process will change once the on-line registration form is available through Aspen, our new Student Information System.

 

All student registrations are being accepted via EMAIL, FAX and/or DROP-OFF. In-person registrations are by appointment only and must be requested using our contact form.

Please complete forms in their entirety and submit them along with ALL required documentation, to the Parent Information Center:

  • Please be sure to include your child's full name on all submitted documents or in the body or your email. 
    • EMAIL: pic@walthampublicschools.org   
      • Subject:  K-Registration Documents 
    • FAX: 781-314-5789     
      • Attention: K-Registration Documents
    • DROP-OFF: Reception Desk at 617 Lexington St, Waltham MA
      • In an envelope addressed to: PIC K-Registration Documents 
      • After school hours:  A secure drop-box for registration forms & documents is located in front of the main entrance
  • If you have any difficulty completing or submitting your child's registration, please contact our office for assistance.
    • 781-314-5524 / 781-314-5672 (English)
    • 781-314-5668 / 781-314-5717 (Spanish)

Kindergarten Registration

Each year the Parent Information Center gathers demographic information for age eligible children from both the city census and several area preschools. Information on Kindergarten Registration is then sent to those families, our elementary families, other community organizations and also posted on our website.  

The communication for our 2022-23 Kindergarten Registration will be mailed out to families beginning during the first full week of January 2022. 

An additional notice will be sent home to Waltham families with students currently enrolled in grades K-8.  

If you do not receive a notice from our office, you are encouraged to contact us to confirm that your child is on our list of expected Kindergarten Students.  


Kindergarten Eligibility

Children whose parent/legal guardian(s) are living in Waltham may enroll in Kindergarten with the Waltham Public Schools if they have reached 5 years of age on or before September 1 of the new school year.  

Required Documents:

ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS MUST BE PRESENTED AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION

Copies of the  following documents may be either uploaded to the Online Registration Form or submitted to PIC via EMAIL, FAX or DROP-OFF. 

Please do not send originals.

  • Proof of Birth for the child
    • Birth certificate -OR-
    • Passport
  • Proof of Guardianship / Photo ID
    • Government Issued ID
      • Drivers License
      • Passport
      • State ID
    • Custody forms - if applicable
  • Proof of Residency
    • Acceptable documents are:
      • Homeowners:
        • City of Waltham quarterly tax bill -OR-
        • Copy of Purchase & Sales or Deed for a new home purchase
      • Renters:

Medical Requirements:

The Waltham Public Schools, in compliance with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, require the following documents: a copy of a physical exam and a current immunization record: Massachusetts Immunization Requirements  
 
Your child's MOST RECENT physical exam and immunization record must be submitted at registration.  This will be reviewed and if needed, updates to fulfill the requirements for school enrollment will be requested by a school nurse. 
 
All the following documents must be submitted to PIC via EMAIL, FAX or DROP-OFF:
 
1.  Physical Exam (dated within 12 months to the start of school)
 
2.  Immunization Records:
    • Hepatitis B - 3 doses
    • DTP - 5 doses
    • Polio - 4 doses
    • MMR - 2 doses
    • Varicella (chicken pox) - 2 doses or record of natural disease documented by a physician
    • Influenza  - 1 dose; received annually by December 31st of each school year

3.  Lead Test (date and results, including the number)

4.  Vision Screening including Stereopsis Exam (date and results)

IMPORTANT: your child will not be cleared for school enrollment until their immunization records have been reviewed for compliance by a school nurse and lead test results have been received.


Dual Language School - Community Information Meetings: 

These meetings typically occur in January of each year and are open to ALL incoming Kindergarten Families.  They serve to provide you a chance to learn all about Waltham's Dual Language School and how to sign your child up for the Dual Language Lottery!  We encourage you to attend as many as you like! 

The dates for the 2022 meetings are: TBD 

More information about the Dual Language School can be found here.

The date & time of the lottery to select families for the 2022-23 Dual Language School is:

  • TBD 

To participate in the lottery, parents must have:

1. Registered your child for Kindergarten before the date of the lottery

2. Submitted ALL required documents.

3. Notified a PIC staff member or indicated on your child's Online Registration Form that you want to participate in the lottery.


2022-23 Kindergarten Visitation Dates: 

FitzGerald Elementary:  

  • TBD

MacArthur Elementary:  

  • TBD

Northeast Elementary: 

  • TBD

Plympton Elementary:  

  • TBD 

Stanley Elementary:  

  • TBD

Whittemore Elementary:  

  • TBD

Dual Language School:  

  • TBD

Individual schools may decide to hold online meetings for families to attend or post a video tour of their school during the month of June. We will provide this information as soon as it becomes available.  Please check back often for any updates!


Kindergarten Screenings

Appointments for the DIAL-4 Kindergarten Screenings for all incoming K-students, and if applicable, the WIDA MODEL English Language Assessments will be scheduled and provided to parents just prior your child's K-Visitation Day.  These screenings will take place at each elementary school during the week prior to the start of school for Kindergarten students. 

2022-23 Kindergarten Screening dates: 

  • TBD

 The first day of school for Kindergarten students is scheduled TBD

Students that have not been medically cleared before the first day of school, may not attend until documentation of all missing medical requirements have been received and cleared by a school nurse. 

 

PIC Hours

Monday-Friday: 8:00 am-4:00 pm

School Vacation Weeks: 9:00 am-4:00 pm

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