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 or by utilizing our online registration system at Pre-Registration Options.

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 2023 JK/K Lottery opens on January 3, 2023 and closes at 4:00PM on January 31, 2023. Registrations for junior kindergarten and kindergarten for school entry next September 2023 are accepted on an ongoing basis after the January 2023 JK/K Lottery closes.

  • 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 (Next School Year): 
    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, 2019 – August 31, 2020 3-Year-Old Lottery: October 3 - 31, 2022
September 1, 2018 – March 31, 2019 JK/K Lottery: January 3 - 31, 2023 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, 2017 – August 31, 2018
JK/K Lottery: January 3 - 31, 2023 as a Kindergartner



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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JK/K Lottery Information Sessions

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JK/K Booklet & Flyer
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