Student Enrollment

2019-20 Kindergarten Registration Forms now available! Please click here to download the forms in English, Spanish, or Portuguese. 

Student Registration Requirements for All Grade Levels
Salem Public Schools is pleased to welcome all new students and families who are residents of Salem to our district. A limited number of spaces are also available for non-residents (high school age only) via the inter-district school choice program. 

This page and related links provide information to help families learn about the requirements to register a student to enroll in one of Salem's public schools. 

Steps to Register a Child in the Salem Public Schools
There are three steps that each family must follow to register a child for school in Salem: 

Student Enrollment

Step #1: Choose 3 Schools - Research Options
Salem Public Schools relies on a choice-based student assignment policy. Families select their top 3 choices of schools. These choices along with other criteria spelled out in the policy determine each student's assignment. Before completing the student registration process, families should learn about all of the school choices available in the district so that they can choose the right fit for their child. 

Learn about available options for your child

  • Watch video of principals talking about each school -- See Video about Salem Schools

  • Read each school's 1-page profile -- See About our Schools for more information

  • Visit each school's website -- Click on "Select a School" at top of district's web page 

Visit prospective schools

  • Sign up for a tour -- Kindergarten tours Feb 4-8. Please contact each school directly to schedule a tour.

Select your top 3 schools

Understand Salem's Student Assignment Policy

  • The Salem School Committee updated its controlled choice student assignment policy (See SC Policy #5103) in December 2017. Click here for additional information about how Salem's Controlled Choice Student Assignment Policy works or contact the Parent Information Center (PIC) with your questions. Based on this policy, the following criteria will be used to assign students to schools.

Some helpful documents:

 Frequently Asked Questions  Overview-How it works  Two Examples - How it works

Step #2: Apply - Submit Documents to Parent Information Center

A completed and signed copy of the student registration packet is required along with all documentation listed above. Special attention to important dates and deadlines, especially for Kindergarten registration and/or charter school lotteries is also important. Please contact the Parent Information Center (PIC) staff at 978-740-1225 or with any questions.

Submit all required documentation: The following forms and documents are required to register all children for school in Salem (see the registration checklist)

  • Student Registration Packet -- completed and signed

  • Proof of Birth Date (Birth certificate, passport, or I-94 card, etc.)

  • Immunization Record/Physical Examination (most recent)

  • Verification of Residency (Two documents required--must be current, within 60 days. We accept copy of mortgage, property taxes, lease, housing agreement, electric, gas, cable, water, landline phone bill, letter from a government agency)

  • Proof of Parent/Guardian Identity (MA Driver's License, MA Photo ID, Passport, etc.)

  • Other Relevant Documents, if applicable (Please provide a copy of student's special education Individualized Education Plan (IEP, if relevant), 504 plan, transfer card from a previous school, legal guardianship documents, etc.)

  • Return completed forms and documents to the Parent Information Center (PIC) - can submit in person, via fax, or scan & email to

Step #3: Confirm the Assignment 
Criteria of the student assignment policy are applied when assigning all students to schools. When the assignment is complete, parents/guardians will receive a notification. Please confirm acceptance as soon as possible.

Kindergarten Registration - Important Dates and Deadlines
Families with children who will turn five (5) years old on or before August 31st are eligible to register for Kindergarten beginning in January of each year (please click here for information about the Carlton Innovation School's early enrollment options). Some important dates and deadlines are: 

January 15, 2019 -- Kindergarten Information & Expo Night (6:30 to 8:00 pm at Collins Middle School cafeteria/auditorium)

January 16, 2019 -- Kindergarten registration window opens

February 20, 2019 -- Deadline for sibling priority

March 1, 2019 -- Deadline for all Batch 1 Kindergarten applications

March 3, 2019 -- Deadline for Bentley Academy Charter School (BACS) lottery

June 30, 2019 -- Deadline for Batch 2 applications

Preschool Registration Info (Salem Early Childhood Center)

A limited number of full and 1/2 day spaces are available for 3 and 4 year olds at the Salem Early Childhood Center. To register, complete and submit all required student registration forms. Contact the PIC with questions. 


Salem's Controlled Choice Student Assignment Policy (SC Policy #5103)

How the Student Assignment Policy Works-Two Examples

Registration Checklist - For Parents

Student Registration Packet

Student Registration Packet Espanol



Carlton Innovation School - Winter & Spring Enrollment Options

Carlton-Frequently Asked Questions

2018-19 Non-Resident School Choice Application

Health Screening Information









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