Junior Kindergarten/Kindergarten Registration

Welcome, New Families! 
Registering a child for Kindergarten is an exciting time for families. We hope that the information in this section assist you in understanding the registration and controlled choice process. You can start the process by downloading the registration application and other required forms from our Forms Page.

Registration Deadlines

  • Registering for the Next School Year:
    January Junior Kindergarten/Kindergarten (JK/K) Lottery: January 4, 2021 through 4PM on January 29, 2021     


    January is the time when future Junior Kindergarten/Kindergarten students will have the best opportunity to be matched to a school of their choice. After the January JK/K Lottery closes, there may be no seats left at some of our schools. All children will receive a school assignment, but choices will be more limited. Families may register any time during the month of January. All January registrations are grouped together, so there is no special benefit for registering early in the month. All registrations that are completed by 4PM on January 29, 2021 will be included in the lottery.

  • Registering for the Current School Year: 
    Age-eligible students who have recently moved to Cambridge or are otherwise entering school mid-year may register at any time. These registrations are processed on a first come, first served basis.

  • February Lottery: 
    Registrations completed between February 1 and the assignment of the January JK/K Lottery applicants in March will be entered into a second cycle Lottery. During the February Lottery, applications are randomized and assignments are made based on available openings. There is no special priority for siblings or proximity or program language, and there will be fewer seats available.

  • Non-Lottery Kindergarten Registrations for September: 
    Applications received after the assignment of the January JK/K Lottery applicants in March and the closing of the February Lottery will be processed on a first come, first served basis. Non-Lottery registrations do not offer special priority for siblings or proximity or program language. You may place your child on up to three waitlists if your true first choice of school has no seats available. As the school year approaches, there will be fewer available seats across the city; however, your child will definitely attend Junior Kindergarten or Kindergarten.

Age of Eligibility

Child’s Birth Date Family should register or apply:
April 1, 2017 – August 31, 2018 3-Year-Old Lottery: October 1-31, 2020
September 1, 2016 – March 31, 2017 JK/K Lottery: January 4-29, 2021 as a Junior Kindergartner.
Note: 4-year-olds who are NOT eligible for JK will be grouped with JKs and processed in January for those who choose Tobin Montessori.
September 1, 2015 – August 31, 2016
JK/K Lottery: January 4-29, 2021 as a Kindergartner



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Hours: Monday - Friday | 8:30AM - 3:30PM
Tel: 617.349.6551 | Fax: 617.349.6552 
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First Floor, SRC Entrance
459 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138

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