Kindergarten Registration

Welcome, New Families! 
Registering a child for Kindergarten is an exciting time for families. We hope that the information in this section assists 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 or by utilizing our online registration system at Registration Options.

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Registration Deadlines

  • 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.

  • Registering for the Next School Year:    
    The January 2024 K Lottery closed at 4:00PM on January 31, 2024. You may register your child for kindergarten if they turn five years old by August 31 at any time and they will attend kindergarten in September 2024.
  • February Lottery: 
    Registrations completed between February 1 and the assignment of the January Kindergarten 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 (Next School Year): 
    Applications received after the assignment of the January Kindergarten Lottery applicants in March are accepted on an ongoing basis and 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 Kindergarten. Although a school assignment is guaranteed for Kindergarten, CPS does not guarantee that we will be able to assign your child to one of your three school choices.

Who is Eligible to Attend Kindergarten in September 2024? 
Children who live in Cambridge and who will be 5 years old by August 31, 2024.

Contact the Student Registration Center

Hours: Monday - Friday | 8:30AM - 3:30PM
Tel: 617.349.6551 | Fax: 617.349.6552 
Email the SRC
Our staff members are available to assist you during business hours all year long, except holidays.

SRC Location
Cambridge Rindge & Latin School

First Floor, SRC Entrance
459 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138

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Online Registration

January 2-31, 2024
Note: Registration closed at 4PM on January 31.

K Lottery Info Sessions

In-Person and via Zoom Webinar
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Wednesday, November 1 | 6 - 7PM
Zoom Presentation
Info session recording >>
Wednesday, November 8 | 6 - 7PM
In-Person Presentation
Haggerty School, 110 Cushing St.

Wednesday, November 15 | 6 - 7PM
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Student Registration Center
459 Broadway, Cambridge, 02138
(1st floor, SRC entrance)
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Tel: 617.349.6551 | Fax: 617.349.6552
Email the SRC

Monday - Friday | 8:30AM - 3:30PM
All year long, except holidays

The SRC provides options for families to register their children for school. Families can walk in and register in-person at the SRC office, make an appointment by calling 617.349.6551, submit a registration via email, or submit a registration online using our Registration Gateway System.

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