Admission to the Belmont Public Schools

OnLine Registration for School Year 2020-2021 is Open

  • Please do not bring any registration documents to the schools or Town Hall. Town offices are closed until further notice; all school buildings are closed to the public for the remainder of the school year.
  • Registration is for incoming kindergartners and families new to Belmont Public Schools; existing families should not register
  • School Placement dates are now May and August; please see the School Assignment and Placement section below for those dates
  • Due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus), we are asking all families who have traveled out of the country to contact the Director of Nursing, Beth Rumley, at 617-993-5807, for a confidential conversation and for any guidance you may need. Please see the CDC website for information regarding their self-quarantine guidance for people who have traveled to countries with high-level transmission.

Elementary Registration (Grades K-4)

Per Massachusetts General Law, only students residing with a parent or legal guardian in the Town of Belmont are eligible to attend the Belmont Public Schools when they are age appropriate. Please note possessing guardianship in and of itself does not allow a child to enroll in Belmont Public Schools and requires review and Superintendent approval.

For students who are Homeless and may have challenges providing the required residency documentation, please contact the Superintendent’s office for further guidance and assistance.

Elementary School Requirements

  • To enter Kindergarten, the child must be five years old on or before September 1st of the year they will attend school.
  • To enter Grade 1, the child must be six years old on or before September 1st of the year they will attend school.
  • The child must live in the town of Belmont with a parent or legal guardian. Residency will be verified before enrollment. Please see the residency requirements in the Residency Verification Form and required documents as outlined.
  • The child must be registered by a parent or a legal guardian.

Kindergarten Information Night and Intake Days for School Year 2020-2021

Kindergarten Information Night was held on January 23 for students entering kindergarten in 2020-2021 at Chenery Middle School auditorium. Please see the presentation for an overview of kindergarten and central registration at Belmont.

Kindergarten Intake Days for School Year 2020 - 2021 are cancelled for May 7 and 8. Placed students will be notifed when or if these basic student assessments are rescheduled.

Kindergarten Tuition & Payment Information

Full day Kindergarten tuition information may be viewed here. Please see the Fee Waiver Information page for details regarding full and partial tuition waivers based on household size and income. 

Should parents choose to enroll in the full day kindergarten program, the tuition is a full-year fee and is not eligible for reimbursement.

School Bus Information

Information on School Bus Transportation and the Registration Process is available here.

Elementary School Required Documents

Due to school closures, the process for submitting documents will be emailed to you once you complete the online registration form and the Home Language and Parent Interview Forms online. The following information is current except for going to the schools:

After submitting the online registration, a parent or a legal guardian must complete the registration at their district school (identification of a parent or a legal guardian is required). Please see Elementary School Street Districts. The following documents must be submitted to your school’s office between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Please bring in a copy or the original document as noted below. Please keep a copy for your records. Bring in the following documents at the time of registration:

  • Residency Verification Form proof of residency (notarized original Residency Verification Form - please print out and completed - and notarized original Town Clerk census form, and copy of other required documents as outlined),
  • Student Health History Form (copy-please print out and complete this form)
  • health records from physician including (copy):
    -
    physical exam taken place within 12 months
    -proof of immunization
    -vision screening (for kindergarten registrations only)
    -proof of lead test performed when child is greater than 12 months or one year old with date of test and results (for kindergarten registrations only)
    Please see Health Care Guidelines below,
  • birth certificate/passport (show original and bring copy),
  • official transcripts
  • MCAS scores (if transferring from a public school in Massachusetts)
  • government-issued photo identification of parents or legal guardians (show original and bring copy)

All documents not in English, including health records and immunizations, must be translated into English by a certified translator.

School Assignment and Placement

Due to recent increases in enrollment, a student may be assigned to a school other than his/her own district to maintain the lowest possible class sizes in all four elementary schools.  Every effort is made to keep families in their district school. Please read the Superintendent's letter regarding Elementary District Placement Guidelines

General Steps for Registration

Due to school closures, the process for submitting documents will be emailed to you once you complete the online registration form and the Home Language and Parent Interview Forms online The following information is current except for going to the schools:

Submit your online registration by clicking on your district school below. Elementary registration is completed at your district school. Verify this in the Elementary School Street Districts document. Note to Kindergarten Registrations: Belmont offers a full-time, fee-based kindergarten program. Parents/guardians may opt for a cost-free, part-time morning program of three hours and fifteen minutes. Please select KP for Kindergarten Part-Time or KF for Kindergarten Full-Time (see Tuition Payment section above).

  1. Within 5 business days of submitting the online registration, parents/guardians will receive a link to additional required documents to be completed online. 
  2. Parents/guardians will then receive a link to the Residency Verification Form and the Student Health History Form. These forms cannot be completed online. A parent or a legal guardian should print and complete both forms and bring them to your school’s office along with the documents listed in the Elementary School Required Documents. School offices are available for registrations 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM Monday through Friday.

Please begin your K-4 online registration here for NEW students to Belmont Public Schools:

Note: students currently attending BPS schools do not need to re-register.

  • Registering your child who PREVIOUSLY ATTENDED the Belmont Public Schools, and is now returning: START HERE
  • Online Registration for the 2019-2020 Current School Year: START HERE
  • Registering your child for 2020-2021 School Year, select your district school. Please see Elementary School Street Districts:

Please contact your school if you have questions regarding registration.

Town of Belmont Contact Information 

  • Town of Belmont Census: This can be obtained at the Town Clerk’s Office located at Belmont Town Hall, 455 Concord Avenue 
  • Belmont Municipal Light Bill: The document should include resident’s name and “turn on date”. If you have recently moved to Belmont, and have not received a bill please contact the Belmont Municipal Light Department and request a letter or “Light Order” stating you have signed up for an electric account and are a current resident at the Belmont address. Belmont Light can be reached at 617-993-2800.

Health Care Guidelines

All students entering Belmont High School must meet the immunization requirements set up by Chapter 76, Section 15 of the General Laws of Massachusetts. Proof of immunization must be presented to the school nurse when registering for school. Failure to comply with this ruling will result in exclusion from school. For more information visit the Belmont Public Schools Health and Nursing Department website.

Each School has a Health Clinic operated by a registered nurse whose time may be shared with other schools should the need arise.  When a student becomes ill at school, a parent or guardian will be notified and expected to pick up the student as soon as possible.  Each parent or guardian is asked to provide the school with the names of two (2) alternate persons who may be contacted in the event that a parent/guardian cannot be reached. Persons listed must be local and have access to transportation.  Please advise the school office when any name or number changes.

Complete information with regard to required immunizations and physical examinations, medication administration during the school day and when a child should be kept home due to illness, etc. can be found on the Belmont Public Schools Health and Nursing Department website.

Moving Within the Town of Belmont 

A new proof of residency must be brought to the school office, for the new address, if a student moves within Belmont. If the new address is in a different elementary district, it will be determined if the student will be moved to the new district school, based on class size/enrollment numbers.

Town of Belmont Contact Information 

  • Town of Belmont Census: This can be obtained at the Town Clerk’s Office located at Belmont Town Hall, 455 Concord Avenue 
  • Belmont Municipal Light Bill: The document should include resident’s name and “turn on date”. If you have recently moved to Belmont, and have not received a bill please contact the Belmont Municipal Light Department and request a letter or “Light Order” stating you have signed up for an electric account and are a current resident at the Belmont address. Belmont Light can be reached at 617-993-2800.

Check our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.