Kindergarten Registration Information

  • On Wednesday, July 7th at 10am we held an information session about the second lottery. Round 2 of the lottery was for anyone who registered for kindergarten between May 24, 2021 and June 20, 2021.  The only school which had a lottery was the Pyne Arts.  If families were unable to attend, the Zoom session was recorded and is available below:

     

     


     

    On Wednesday, June 9, we held a zoom session at 4pm to share information about the first round of school assignments.  This zoom session was recorded and posted below to be accessed at a family’s convenience. 

     

     


     

    Kindergarten registration is now done online. 

     

    Use this page to guide you through the registration and enrollment process for kindergarten. Children turning 5 years old on or before September 1, 2021 are eligible to register for kindergarten. Even if your child is currently enrolled in a LPS Preschool program you still need to register for Kindergarten.

     

    Kindergarten Registration Info Session

     

    Watch this virtual info session to learn more about the kindergarten registration process. 

     

     

    LPS Kindergarten Program

     

    Watch this video to learn more about the Lowell Public Schools kindergarten program. 

     

     

    Before You Register:

    • Identify three school choices. Lowell is split into two zones – Zone 1 and Zone 2. You may select a school in the zone where you live, or you may select one of the citywide schools. Please refer to the zone map and zone chart for more details.

    • Consider the starting and ending times for each school, as well as your needs for before and after school care.

    • Gather documents needed for registration including:

      • Child’s birth certificate
      • Child's immunization records
      • Photo ID of parent/guardian registering the child
      • Proof of residency (copy of current utility bill, lease, or mortgage that is dated within the last thirty days)
         
        • If you are living with a Lowell resident, you will need to complete a third party affidavit. Please have a conversation with us if you are unable to produce sufficient documentation or if your housing is insecure. We abide by McKinney-Vento. Please use this link for more information on third party affidavits and McKinney-Vento.

            

     

    Registration Process:

    • The registration period will go from May 3 until July 25 and will be split into 3 rounds:

      • Round 1 - Register between May 3, 2021 and May 23, 2021 to be eligible for the 1st lottery on June 9, 2021

      • Round 2 - Register between May 24, 2021 and June 20, 2021 to be eligible for the 2nd lottery on July 7, 2021

      • Round 3 - Register between June 21, 2021 and July 25, 2021 to be eligible for the final lottery on August 4, 2021

     

    • Registrations are processed Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm, however registrations can be submitted online at any time.

    • We encourage families to register during the 1st round of registration. While we can't guarantee placement in your preferred school, being eligible for the 1st lottery increases your chances of getting the seat of your choice. There are decreasing odds of receiving a seat in the 2nd and 3rd lotteries.



    Links to online registration form  

    There are three ways to submit the online registration form. 

     

    1. Registration via Computer (recommended): Click on this link. This will take you to the Aspen registration portal. You will need to create an account with Aspen before entering your child’s information. For help with creating an account, click herePlease note that this option is only compatible with a desktop or laptop. 

    2. Registration In-Person: Come into the Family Resource Center, located at 151 Merrimack Street, to use a computer and fill out the form. The Family Resource Center is open Monday through Friday from 7am until 4pm each day. Please note that the last walk-in registration can be started at 3:40pm. However, after-hours appointments will be available if scheduled in advance. In order to minimize wait time for in-person registrants, we encourage you to call 978-674-4321 to schedule an appointment since the office is limited to 21 guests due to social distancing guidelines.

    3. Registration for Mobile Devices: Email familyresourcecenter@lowell.k12.ma.us to request an online registration form that is compatible with mobile devices like a phone or tablet. Families can also call 978-674-4321 to discuss any need for support or accommodations.

     

    Once you fill out the registration form, you will receive a follow-up email from the Family Resource Center informing you of the status of your registration.
     

    Kindergarten Lottery

    • Lotteries are held for any school when we have more families requesting a school than we have available seats.

    • Lotteries will be weighted and will take into consideration siblings, McKinney-Vento status, and minority/non-minority status. Proximity of a family’s home to a school will be considered for non-citywide schools.

    • We encourage families to register during the 1st round of registration. While we can't guarantee placement in your preferred school, being eligible for the 1st lottery increases your chances of getting the seat of your choice. There are decreasing odds of receiving a seat in the 2nd and 3rd lotteries.

    • A lottery will be held after each round of registration, for a total of three lotteries. Each lottery will fill a certain percentage of seats at a school.

      • All children that registered from May 3, 2021 to May 23, 2021 will be eligible for the 1st kindergarten lottery on June 9, 2021.
        • The first lottery will fill at least 50% of Kindergarten seats. 

           

      • All children that registered from May 24, 2021 to June 20, 2021 will be eligible for the 2nd kindergarten lottery on July 7, 2021. All children who were eligible for the 1st lottery but did not receive a seat will be eligible for the 2nd lottery as well.
        • The second lottery will fill at least 25% of Kindergarten seats.

            

      • All children that registered from June 21, 2021 to July 25, 2021 will be eligible for the 3rd kindergarten lottery on August 4, 2021. All children who were eligible for the 1st lottery and 2nd lottery but did not receive a seat will be eligible for the 3rd lottery as well.
        • The final lottery will fill the remaining percentage of Kindergarten seats.

     

    Next Steps / Kindergarten Placement

    • If you select a school that is not holding a lottery, you will receive your school assignment during the summer as seats are filled incrementally taking into consideration siblings, McKinney-Vento status, and minority/non-minority status and proximity of a family’s home to a school.

    • If you select a school that is having a lottery, and you receive a seat, you will be enrolled in that school.

    • If you select a school that is having a lottery, and you do NOT receive a seat, you will be part of the next lottery. There are decreasing odds of receiving a seat in the second and third lotteries. You will also be offered a seat in either your second or third choice schools. 

    • Your school will notify you of teacher assignment and back-to-school information.

    • Families do not need to return anything to the Family Resource once they have their placement. However, if you have a question about your child’s placement, you may contact the Family Resource Center Coordinator.

     

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