FAQs: Online Pre-Registration

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Cambridge Public Schools has multiple registration windows and accepts registrations for the current school year (This Year) and for the next school year (Next Year.)

When can I use the CPS online pre-registration system?

You are registering for “This Year"

  • Families whose students will join CPS in any grade during the current school year may use the online pre-registration system once they have moved to Cambridge.

You are registering for “Next Year”

  • Families who are registering for the 3-Year-Old Lottery may only access the online system between October 1 and October 29, 2021. The Lottery ends promptly and firmly at 4:00PM on October 29, 2021.
  • Families who are registering for the January 2022 JK/K Lottery may only access the online pre-registration system between January 3 and January 31, 2022. The Lottery ends promptly and firmly at 4:00PM on January 31, 2022.
  • Families who will register their child for JK/K for SY22-23 after the January JK/K Lottery may access the online pre-registration system from February 1 through September 1. (After September 1, you would register for “This Year.”)
  • Families who are registering students for grades 1-8 for school entry next September may access the online pre-registration system from January 3 through September 1. (After September 1, you would register for “This Year.”)
  • Families who are registering their student(s) for CRLS for school entry next September may access the online pre-registration system from October 1 through September 1. (After September 1, you would register for “This Year.”)

What information do I provide?

  • Parent/Legal Guardian Information
  • Student Information (name, DOB, demographic information, primary contact phone number)
  • Emergency Contact Information
  • School choices
  • Required documents can be uploaded

Do I need an e-mail address to use the online pre-registration system?
No. You will need to establish a username and password. Please take note of these. If you do not have an e-mail address and you forget your username or password, we will not be able to help you reset your password unless you have an e-mail address. If you lose or forget your login information, please just start over and create a new account.

I registered my child before and they did not attend CPS or they left CPS and are returning, do I need to register again?

  •  Yes. If you registered your child in the past and they are not currently with CPS, you need to register them for CPS again.
  • Use your previous username and password, and click on “add a student.”
  • If you have forgotten your credentials, email Kathy Sampson.
  • Although you will see their previous record, it is not editable and you need to create an entirely new registration for the same child.
  • Staff will know to merge the student’s records.

My child attends Special Start, do I need to register them for CPS?
Yes. If your child attends Special Start, they are not enrolled in CPS as a matriculating student and you must register them either for junior kindergarten or kindergarten, which is their entry point for CPS.

  • Use your previous username and password, and click on “add a student.”
  • If you have forgotten your credentials, email Kathy Sampson.
  • Although you will see their previous record, it is not editable and you need to create an entirely new registration for the same child.
  • Staff will know to merge the student’s records.

My child has a sibling attending CPS, do I need to create a new account or can I use the existing one?
Please use the existing account and click on “add a student.”

Will I be able to register multiple students at once?
Yes. Once you have completed the first registration, you will be given the option to register another child. Your information will automatically link to your next child’s form without your having to re-enter the data. You will still be required to provide information that is specific for each child.

What if I can’t upload the required documents?
Please photograph them and email them to [email protected]. If you require additional assistance, please call email [email protected] or call 617.349.6551 and a staff member will help you.

What happens if I need to stop before I am finished completing the form?
The Pre-Registration Gateway will save your application (click SAVE at the bottom of each page) so you can start and stop as many times as you like until you click FINISH.

Once you click FINISH, the record is finalized and you will not be able to make any changes or upload any documents.

Once I have finished pre-registering online, what do I do next?
There are 3 steps in the registration process:

  • Complete all forms (online or paper)
  • Required Documents (upload into the online system or scan or photograph them and e-mail them to [email protected])
  • The SRC staff will confirm receipt of your registration via email and advise you of next steps..

Whom do I call with questions or for assistance?
If you need assistance, please call the Student Registration Center at 617.349.6551 or email us at [email protected]

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