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 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.
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 JK/K Lottery opened on January 3, 2023 and closed at 4:00PM on January 31, 2023.
  • 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 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 Junior Kindergarten or Kindergarten. Although a school assignment is guaranteed for JK/K, CPS does not guarantee that we will be able to assign your child to one of your three school choices.

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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Online Registration
Registration closed at 4PM on January 31, 2023. Stay tuned for details about registering for next year!

JK/K Lottery Info Sessions

November 9 & 16, 2022
Via Zoom Webinar

JK/K Lottery Flyer & Booklet
Flyer (pdf) >>
Flyer translations >>
Booklet (pdf) >>

School Tours
Sign up early to save a space in a “Live” Virtual Information Session hosted by CPS Family Liaisons through Zoom webinar!
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Student Registration Center
459 Broadway, Cambridge, 02138
(1st floor, SRC entrance)
Directions >>
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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