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Registration: How to Enroll Your Child in School
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Students who will attend the Westford Public Schools for the first time must register in order to be enrolled. To register your child, follow the four steps below.



SAVE TIME: Download and fill out these forms before you go to the school to enroll your child






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Determine your child's eligibility

A child who lives in Westford and is 5 years of age on or before September 1 is eligible to enroll. Each child must attend school beginning in September of the calendar year in which he or she attains the age of 6.

Details on the age requirements for entering kindergarten.

If you are not a Westford resident and would like information about school choice. More>>>
School Choice openings have been filled for this school year.




step2.gifLocate Your School.     

To determine which school serves your address, visit our Street Locator.  The Locator page includes a list of school addresses and phone numbers.



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Verify age, identity, residency, and immunization - NOTE - PROOF OF RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS

Elementary enrollment takes place at the local school.
In accordance with Massachusetts Board of Education regulations, each child must attend school beginning in September of the calendar year in which he/she attains the age of six (6).  Each child is required to attend school until reaching the age of sixteen (16).

The following is the entrance age policy (P5101) revised by the School Committee on November 10, 2008:

Kindergarten  -  A child who is five (5) years of age, on or before September 1st, is eligible to enter kindergarten.  The superintendent will not waive the age requirement for kindergarten entrance.  Parents and legal guardians retain the right to request that their child be assessed for entrance into first grade in the following year.
Grade 1  - A child who is six (6) years of age on or before September 1st is eligible to enter first grade.  If space permits, the superintendent may waive the age requirement for entering first grade.  Parents/guardians seeking an exception to the age requirement must,
  • Notify the building principal in writing.
  • Agree to bear any costs associated with this request, including the administration of the Westford Public Schools grade readiness assessment process.
  • Provide the school with any requested school records.”
The following documentation is required in order to enroll. Please bring the following with you when you come to register.
  Birth certificate
  Proof of medical examination, immunization and lead test. Required immunizations: 5 DTap/DTP/DT/Td,
4 Polio, 2 Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) 3 Hepatitis B, and 2 Varicella (chicken pox) unless exempted for medical or religious reasons. Additional information can be found on our Health Services page.

          If applicable, the following information will also be required:
  Current Individual Education Plan (for Special Education students)
   Proof of guardianship
  Court records of custody and visitation rights

The Massachusetts Department of Education requires the individual screening of kindergarten children for the determination of special needs assistance.  To comply with this regulation, all enrolled kindergarten children will be screened in May 2013.  Plans for this procedure will be shared with you at a later date in an announcement from the school principal and the Director of Pupil Services.

 PROOF OF RESIDENCY  
Before any student is assigned or invited to attend a Westford Public School, the student's parent or legal guardian* must prove legal residence in the town of Westford.  Families whose primary residence is outside of Westford are not eligible to attend Westford Public Schools.

All residents enrolling in Westford, or changing their address, must submit a minimum of three (3) proofs of residency.

In a situation where a rental agreement is provided as evidence of current residency, evidence of residency is required on an annual basis.  

Documents must be pre-printed with the name and address of the student's parent or guardian* and must be presented to the school at time of registration.

At least one document from each of the columns below must be presented as proof of residency:

COLUMN A
COLUMN B
COLUMN C
Copy of Deed

Copy of formal Lease AND Record of most recent rent payment

Notarized affidavit from Landlord affirming tenancy AND record of most recent rent payment

Fully signed and executed P&S Agreement with occupancy date

Section 8 Agreement: Federal Housing Program
A utility bill or work order dated within the past 45 days, including:

cable bill
gas bill
oil bill
electric bill
home/cell telephone bill
- Valid driver's license (w/o address stickers)
- Current vehicle registration
- Valid MA photo ID
- Valid passport

Dated within the past year:
- W-2 form
- Excise (vehicle) tax bill
- Property tax bill

Dated within the past 60 days:
- Bank or credit card statement
- Letter from approved gov't agency**
- Payroll stub

*Legal guardianship requires additional documentation from a court or agency
** Approved focvernment agencies: Dept. of Revenue (DOR), Children and Family Services (DCF), Transitional Assistance (DTA), Youth Services (DYS), Social Security, any communications on Commonwealth of Massachusetts letterhead

THIS RESIDENCY POLICY DOES NOT APPLY TO HOMELESS STUDENTS

REPORT RESIDENCY FRAUD!  Call WPS's anonymous residency tip line at 978-399-2442. Residency investigations will be conducted upon receiving an anonymous tip.




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Arrange for transportation to school

All students who plan to take a school bus are required to have a Bus Pass. Information can be found on our Transportation page.