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The Kindergarten Lottery Application and Survey is now closed as of January 13th, 2020.
The Full-Day Kindergarten Lottery will take place on January 17th, 2020.

Please note that children must be 5 years old by August 31st, 2020
to enroll in Kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year.

Because we are unable to offer Full-Day Kindergarten to all interested families, we have a lottery in January when all families who have completed the Lottery Application and Survey will be randomly selected for placement in Full-Day Kindergarten.  All families will be assigned a number and those not initially selected for a spot will be placed on a waitlist in the order in which they were selected.

The Full-Day Kindergarten Lottery will take place on January 17th, 2020.  Results will be sent to families via email.  Families must accept or decline their placement by January 24th, 2020.  If you do not respond by this date, your spot will be forfeited and your child will be placed in the Half-Day Kindergarten program.

All families confirmed for Full- and Half-Day Kindergarten will receive a letter in mid/late February with their child’s session and school placement, along with registration instructions.  Families must also complete the registration process.  The Lottery Application and Survey form is not the registration form for attending Shrewsbury Public Schools.  The registration form will become available in March 2020.

The annual tuition cost for Full-Day Kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year is $2,400.  This rate is subject to change for the 2020-2021 school year and will be decided upon by the School Committee in May.  There is no cost for enrollment for the Half-Day Kindergarten program.

Please be sure to check our Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to common questions.  For any unanswered questions about the lottery, survey, or registration, please contact Pam Panarelli, Registrar, at (508) 841-8320 or

The Extended Day Lottery Application for 2020-2021 is now available.  For more information and to complete the form, please click here.

Important notice:  A new elementary school is being built with a scheduled opening for the 2021-2022 school year.  Existing elementary attendance zones will be revised to balance enrollment across all five elementary schools when the new school opens, and it is possible that your child’s elementary school assignment will change as a result.

The Town of Shrewsbury must be the legal residence of parent/guardian and students in order to attend school in Shrewsbury Public Schools.  If using a P&S agreement, you must be residing in the home within 60 days of the closing date listed on the P&S according to School Committee policy.  Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 76, Section 5 states: "Every person shall have a right to attend the public schools of the town where he/she actually resides, subject to the following section.  No school committee is required to enroll a person who does not actually reside in the town unless said enrollment is authorized by law or by the school committee.  Any person who violates or assists in the violation of this provision may be required to remit full restitution to the town of the improperly-attended public schools.  No person shall be excluded from or discriminated against in admission to a public school of any town, or in obtaining the advantages, privileges and courses of study of such public school on account of race, color, sex, religion, national origin or sexual orientation." (Amended by st. 1971, c.622, c.1; st. 1973, c. 925, s.9A, st. 1993, c.282; st.2004, c.352, s.33)

If warranted, residency checks may be conducted by the School Department or the Shrewsbury Police Department at any time during a child's enrollment in the Shrewsbury Public Schools.