Registration Guidelines & Procedures
Who Must Register?
All new students entering the Brockton Public Schools must register at the School Registration and Parent Information Center at 60 Crescent Street, Brockton MA 02301.
Where to Register?
Prekindergarten – Grade 8
School Registration and Parent Information Center
60 Crescent Street
Brockton, MA 02301
School Registration & Parent Information Center
60 Crescent Street
Brockton, MA 02301
Brockton High School
470 Forest Avenue
Brockton MA 02301
Please bring the following documents when you register a child in the Brockton Public Schools.
- Child's certified birth certificate or passport (copies are not accepted).
- A copy of the child's most recent immunization and physical exam record. The record must show the month and year of immunization and proof of varicella. Kindergarten students must also have vision screening and a lead screening test.
- Proof of Brockton residency.
- A copy of the child's Individual Education Plan (IEP) if the child receives special education services.
Parents enrolling their children in the Brockton Public Schools will need to provide specific documents to verify residency in Brockton. Parents must submit documentation from three different categories.
Families who do not have a written lease must have their landlord complete and sign the landlord/shared tenancy affidavit. They must also provide a copy of the most recent rent payment. This document must be notarized.
Families sharing housing with a friend or relative must have that person complete the landlord/shared tenancy affidavit. Next, the person providing the housing must provide proof of their residence with documentation from all three categories. This document must be notarized.
Students who live with someone other than the parent or a court appointed legal guardian must have on file a Caregiver Authorization Affidavit signed by both the parent and the caregiver. This document must be notarized and signed by two witnesses.
Controlled School Choice
Parents/guardians who are enrolling or have enrolled their children in the Brockton Public Schools will have the opportunity to choose, within established guidelines, the school their children will attend. The school district's elementary and middle schools have been subdivided into 4 geographic attendance zones. Elementary students are assigned to a school in their zone or in the citywide zone which is open to all students if space is available. Middle school students may select from any of the six middle schools; however, transportation is not provided outside of the student's zone of residence.
The Assignment Policy
Parents/guardians will indicate their preferences for school choice at the time of registration. A minimum of three schools should be selected on the registration form in order of preference. Every effort is made to assign students to their school their parents select. If there are more registrations for a particular school or program than can be accommodated, an established set of priorities will be used to decide school assignments:
- Complete and timely registration
- Seat availability
- Sibling priority (brother/sister, step-sibling, foster-sibling also attend chosen school)
- Closest school to home
- Random lottery
- Wait list
- Registration periods
All students who do not receive their first choice school may be placed on a wait list for that school. Parents who reject the opportunity for their child to be moved when a seat becomes available will be removed from the school's wait list. All wait lists are cleared at the end of the school year.
Transfer Due to a Move:
Currently enrolled PreK-12 students who have moved within the city and wish to transfer to a school closer to their new address must update their address at the School Registration and Parent Information Center.
Students moving to a new address within their zone may continue attending their current school but must submit proof of their new address to the school or the School Registration office.
Students moving to an address in a different zone are permitted to remain at their current school for the rest of the school year but transportation will not be provided. At the end of the school year, parents must apply for an out-of-zone placement if they wish to keep their children at that school. Otherwise, they will be asked to select a new school within their attendance zone.
Transfer Other Than a Move:
A parent may request a voluntary transfer. This transfer must be requested through the School Registration and Parent Information Center from June 1– July 29, 2016 at the School Registration and Parent Information Center.
Out-of-Zone Assignment Requests
A request for a transfer to an out-of-zone school will be considered on a yearly basis only if there are seats unfilled by students within the zone.
Special Program Assignments
English Language Learners
Students whose primary language is not English and who have been identified as eligible for sheltered English immersion classrooms will be assigned to a school that provides these services.
Two-Way Language Program
The two-way language program is based upon a model of dual immersion programs that exist nationwide in various different languages. The design of the program is also based upon current research about how children best learn languages. Achievement results of students in such programs also indicate a much higher level of academic performance. A two-way language program includes a group of English speaking and also Spanish speaking students, preferably in equal numbers.
If parents are interested in the program for their child, both Spanish and English speaking parents will be asked to sign a letter of commitment stating that they commit to keep their child in the program up through fifth grade.After committing initially to the program, a lottery will be held in a public forum.Acceptance to this program will be contingent upon the screening and interview process.Parents will receive a letter by mail informing them of their child’s status.
Special Education Student Assignments
In accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the educational placement of a special education student is determined by the student's individual education planning team and cannot be unilaterally determined by the parents. Therefore, students who have been identified as requiring special education services will be assigned only to those schools containing the special education program required by their Individual Education Plan (IEP).
Integrated Kindergarten Classroom
The integrated and inclusion classroom models bring together children with special needs and typically developing children or role models. Early integration experiences are known to be beneficial to both the special needs child and the typically developing child. Both groups learn from one another and develop a better understanding of each other's strengths and needs. The program uses the same curriculum and materials as the regular kindergarten program. In each integrated kindergarten classroom there will be one special needs teacher and two full time paraprofessionals for a maximum of twenty children. Classes will have up to ten role models and up to ten children with special needs. Parents may apply for the integrated programs during the kindergarten registration process. Typically developing students are screened and selected by the Special Education Department from enrollment requests and by zone address. If you wish to receive more information, please contact Mrs. Laurie Mason, Director of the Special Education Department at (508) 580-7525.
Transportation is provided to students only within their zone of residence. Elementary school students are eligible for transportation if they live more than 1.5 miles from their school and the school is in their zone. Middle school students are eligible for transportation if they live more than 2.0 miles from their school and the school is in their zone. Students assigned to a special program at a school outside of their zone of residence will be transported if they live beyond 1.5 miles for elementary students or 2.0 miles for middle school students.
Assignment Appeals Process
Parents/guardians will occasionally find that their child has not been assigned to one of their first three preferences and may be dissatisfied with the alternative assignment. After exhausting all the options of the Student Assignment Policy or having grounds to believe the policy was not followed in making the assignment, the parents/guardians may file a written appeal to the Student Assignment Appeals Board. This board meets monthly to review each case referred to it. Decisions made by the board of appeals are final. A copy of the written decision will be sent to the parents/guardians and the Director for Registration.