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Student Registration Questions

  1. Do you need to live in Shrewsbury to attend Shrewsbury Public Schools?
  2. What are the required documents for registering a new student?
  3. Which school will my child attend?
  4. How old does my child have to be to enter Preschool, Kindergarten, or 1st Grade?
  5. What is the annual tuition and sessions available for Preschool?
  6. What is the annual tuition for full-day Kindergarten?
  7. How do I register for the PowerSchool Parent Portal?
  8. Is transportation available for my student?
  9. Is financial aid available for lunches, bus fees, or tuition payments?
  10. Does my school offer extended care for before and after school?
  11. I need before- or after-school care for my child, but the extended day program is full. What are my other options?
  12. My child is in half-day Kindergarten or Preschool, but I need full-time care. What are my other options?
  13. Where do I find a map of the elementary school districts? We are looking at houses in the area and would like to know which school our kids would be attending.
  14. How can I pay for fees and bills?
  15. What is Schoology and how do I use it?
  16. Who do I contact for additional questions about registration?

Do you need to live in Shrewsbury to attend Shrewsbury Public Schools?

Yes.  The Town of Shrewsbury must be the legal residence of the parent/guardian and the student(s) in order to enroll in school at Shrewsbury Public Schools.

Each year, the School Committee votes regarding School Choice.  On March 4th, 2020, the School Committee voted against opening new School Choice seats for the 2020-2021 school year.

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 Shrewsbury Public Schools.

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What are the required documents for registering a new student?

The following documents are required for student registration:

  • Student’s birth certificate
  • Student's passport (if not a US birth certificate)
  • Student's health records: immunization records & copy of last physical
  • Student's school records and school authorization form (grades 1-12); official high school transcript (grades 10-12)
  • Parent's photo ID: driver’s license, passport, or other valid government-issued ID
  • Proof of residency:
    • Signed lease agreement or signed purchase & sales agreement
    • Two bills: electric, cable, gas, oil, or water

If applicable, please also upload:

  • Home Language Survey (for families who speak another language besides English in the home)
  • Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) documents
  • Section 504 Accommodation Plan documents
  • Guardianship or custody papers, or court orders
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Which school will my child attend?

If your child is attending preschool (3-4 years old), they will attend either Parker Road Preschool or Little Colonials Preschool.

If your child is entering full-day kindergarten (5 years old), they will attend the elementary school in their district.  Students in the Floral district attend Beal Early Childhood Center.  For half-day Kindergarten, students in Coolidge, Paton, and Spring districts will attend A.M. half-day at Beal.  Students in the Floral district will attend P.M. half-day at Beal.

Students in grades 1st-4th attend the elementary school in their district (Coolidge, Floral, Paton, or Spring).

Students in grades 5th-6th attend Sherwood Middle School.

Students in grades 7th-8th attend Oak Middle School.

Students in grades 9th-12th attend Shrewsbury High School.

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How old does my child have to be to enter Preschool, Kindergarten, or 1st Grade?

For the 2020-2021 school year, children must be 5 years old by August 31st, 2020 to enroll in Kindergarten and 6 years old by August 31st, 2020 to enroll in 1st grade. 

Preschoolers must be 3 years old by August 31st, 2020 to enroll in Parker Road Preschool or 3 years old by March 1st, 2020 to enroll in Little Colonials for the 2020-2021 school year.

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What is the annual tuition and sessions available for Preschool?

Information about rates and sessions for the 2020-2021 school year can be found here.

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What is the annual tuition for full-day Kindergarten?

Tuition for full-day Kindergarten is $2,025 for the 2020-2021 school year.  The annual tuition amount is spread out over 9 monthly payments.  Payments are due on the 1st of each month, September through May.  Payments can be made via credit card on the Parent Portal.  A $25 late fee will be issued for each payment made after the 15th of the month.

Half-day Kindergarten is free and does not have annual tuition.

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How do I register for the PowerSchool Parent Portal?

The PowerSchool Parent Portal is a secure website that provides information and communication from the school.  Parents and guardians can use the website as a resource to view and update important information, including:

  • Update contact and demographic information
  • Sign up for busing and view bus times, numbers, and locations
  • View attendance, grades, and assignments
  • View and sign up for sports, music, languages, and activities
  • View summer books and assignments
  • View the Daily Bulletin
  • View the Student Handbook

After registering your student, you will receive information regarding how to set up your Parent Portal account.  You will need an Access ID and Access Password to create a new account or to add a child to your already existing account.  Parent Portal use and access is required of all parents and guardians.  Please see this sheet on how to create a Parent Portal account.  Please click here for more information about the PowerSchool Parent Portal.

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Is transportation available for my student?

Bus registration and payment are done through the PowerSchool Parent Portal.  Bus stop, location, and time information will become available on the Parent Portal once registration is complete.  For any new school registrations received after June 30, 2020, bus registration will be open to you for 30 days from the date of registration before being charged a $50 late fee.

Transportation is available for grades K-12.  All students in grades K-6 who reside 2.0 miles or less from their school and all students in grades 7-12 are required to pay the fee.  The bus privilege registration fee for the 2020-2021 school year will be determined in the summer of 2020.  Students in grades K-6 who reside 2.0 miles or further from their school and students who receive Free & Reduced lunch are not required to pay the bus fee.

For more information, please see our Transportation page or contact the Transportation Coordinator, Steve Rocco, at (508) 841-1550 or srocco@shrewsbury.k12.ma.us.

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Is financial aid available for lunches, bus fees, or tuition payments?

Free and reduced price meals are available to students if there is financial need.  Applications are available online at lunchapp.com. If you need help filling out the online application, please call the Food Service Office at (508) 841-8819.  Applications can be submitted at any time as the financial need arises.  Eligibility is governed by guidelines set by the USDA.  An email notification will be sent to all families stating what program they qualify for; watch for an email from "Meal Magic."

If approved from Free & Reduced Lunch, you may receive free busing.  For information about other forms of financial aid, such as for tuition payments, please contact your school directly.

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Does my school offer extended care for before and after school?

The Extended Learning program provides extended school-day programs for students in grades K-6.

Before school care is offered for grades K-4 at all four elementary schools and at Beal Early Childhood Center.  The program opens at 7:00 a.m. and finishes at the start of the school day.  After school care is offered for grades K-6.  Children are dismissed to the program from the schools at the end of the school day and care is provided until 6:00 p.m.

For more information about the Extended Learning program, please see this sheet, visit the webpage, or contact Karen Isaacson, the Program Director, at kisaacson@shrewsbury.k12.ma.us or (508) 841-8727.

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I need before- or after-school care for my child, but the extended day program is full. What are my other options?

For information about additional (not Shrewsbury Public Schools) part-time and before- and after-school care in Shrewsbury, please see our list of Shrewsbury Licensed Childcare Centers and Daycare Providers (bus transportation is available per district for grades Kindergarten and up).  You may also visit this list of childcare centers or list of in-home and group-home daycares in Shrewsbury.

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My child is in half-day Kindergarten or Preschool, but I need full-time care. What are my other options?

For information about additional (not Shrewsbury Public Schools) part-time and before- and after-school care in Shrewsbury, please see our list of Shrewsbury Licensed Childcare Centers and Daycare Providers (bus transportation is available per district for grades Kindergarten and up).  You may also visit this list of childcare centers or list of in-home and group-home daycares in Shrewsbury.

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Where do I find a map of the elementary school districts? We are looking at houses in the area and would like to know which school our kids would be attending.

We do not have an elementary school district map available.  We ask families to please reach out to Pamela Panarelli, Registrar, at (508) 841-8320 or ppanarelli@shrewsbury.k12.ma.us with the address you have in mind.  Pam will be happy to provide the elementary school district for the address.

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.

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How can I pay for fees and bills?

You may make online payments through SchoolPay on the Parent Portal.  SchoolPay allows debit or credit card payment of food service bills, bus registration fees, and athletic and activity fees, among other fees and charges.  Please click here for more information about SchoolPay.

If you cannot pay for certain fees on SchoolPay or prefer to use check or cash, please bring your check or exact cash to the Central Office in the Shrewsbury Town Hall at 100 Maple Avenue.

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What is Schoology and how do I use it?

Schoology is linked to the Parent Portal and is our learning management system that is used by all teachers and students at Sherwood Middle School, Oak Middle School, and Shrewsbury High School to post homework assignments and course resources.  It is also used by some elementary school teachers as a family communication tool.  You will receive information about your Schoology account and how to access it via the Parent Portal directly from your student’s school or teachers.  Please click here for more information about Schoology and how to create an account.

Schoology is linked to the Parent Portal and is our learning management system that is used by all teachers and students at Sherwood Middle School, Oak Middle School, and Shrewsbury High School to post homework assignments and course resources.  It is also used by some elementary school teachers as a family communication tool.  You will receive information about your Schoology account and how to access it via the Parent Portal directly from your student’s school or teachers.  Please click here for more information about Schoology and how to create an account.

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Who do I contact for additional questions about registration?

If you have specific questions about registration that cannot be answered on these pages, feel free to contact Pamela Panarelli, Registrar, at (508) 841-8320 or ppanarelli@shrewsbury.k12.ma.us.  You may also contact Blake Stewart, Central Office Admin Assistant, at (508) 841-8430 or bstewart@shrewsbury.k12.ma.us.

For questions about kindergarten, please contact either Pamela Panarelli or the school that your child will be attending.

For questions about preschool, please contact Barbara Bourassa at (508) 841-8666 or bbourassa@shrewsbury.k12.ma.us.

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