Student Registration

Student Registration now open for 2018-2019 School Year

  1. Download/View Parent Registration Checklist
  2. Current / Returning Students:  Returning Students and students currently enrolled at Boutwell Early Childhood Center do not need to complete the online registration enrollment.
    1. Returning students:  Email studentregistration@gdrsd.org and indicate that your child is a returning student and include all of the updated required forms.
    2. Students staying at Boutwell for the 2018-2019 School Year should download and complete the Pre-School Placement Form and return the completed form to Boutwell.
    3. Students entering Kindergarten FROM Boutwell for the 2018-2019 School Year should complete the Kindergarten Preference Form
  3. New Students only:  Complete online registration enrollment
  4. Download supplemental forms. Email complete set of forms to studentregistration@gdrsd.org (include Registration and last name in the subject line).  If you have any questions please contact Jo Ann Sivazlian, Administrative Assistant, Office of the Superintendent, Central Office (978-448-5505 or studentregistration@gdrsd.org).  Not all forms may be necessary based on your individual situation.
    1. Affidavit of Residency for Renters
    2. Consent of Student Records Release
    3. Home Language Survey
    4. Empowered Digital Use (IJNDB) & Access to Digital Resources (IJND) Form
    5. Digital Media Publication Policy (IJNDC) Opt-Out Form (Only complete if you wish to opt-out)
    6. Kindergarten Specific Registration & Timeline
    7. Preschool/Kindergarten Scholarship Application
    8. Student Medical History Form
    9. Proof of custody may be required if the person registering a student is not the person whose name is on the child’s birth certificate.
  5. For students enrolling at the Groton-Dunstable Regional High School, you should contact the school to set up an appointment with a guidance counselor for a consultation and school visit. Guidance counselors are not available for most of the summer, but will be available the week prior to the opening of school for new student registrations.

Elementary School Designation

Groton-Dunstable Regional School District is home to two great elementary schools; Florence Roche Elementary in Groton and Swallow Union Elementary in Dunstable. All students living in Dunstable attend Swallow Union. Students living in Groton attend either Florence Roche or Swallow Union depending on the street they live on. Students who live on the following streets attend Swallow Union; all other students attend Florence Roche.

 

  • Bridge St.
  • Brown Ln.
  • Bryanwood Ln.
  • Burntmeadow (Upper half – #200 up)
  • Charles Rd.
  • Chicopee Row (#292 up)
  • Crystal Spring Ln.
  • Fertiledale Dr.
  • Hawtree Way
  • High Oaks Path
  • Hoyts Wharf Rd.
  • Island Pond Rd.
  • Kirk Farm Rd.
  • Longley Rd. (#471 up)
  • McLains Woods Rd.
  • Meadowview Rd.
  • Nashua Rd.
  • North St.
  • Northwoods Rd.
  • Old Dunstable Rd.
  • Olivia Way
  • Overlook Dr.
  • Raddin Rd.
  • Reedy Meadow Rd.
  • Sawtell Dr.
  • Stonecleave Ln.
  • Watson Way
  • Whispering Brook Rd.
  • Wildflower Ln.
  • Wyman Rd

This interactive map shows Groton streets which attend Swallow Union Elementary.

The Boutwell Early Childhood Center (ECC), a part of the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District, is an integrated, language-based preschool that provides stimulating experiences for children aged 3 to 5. In this integrated model, children with special needs attend with their “typically” developing peers. Class size ranges from 8 to 12 (maximum 15) children, with some children having special needs. Each class has a designated teacher and a classroom assistant.

More information about the preschool program at the Boutwell Early Childhood Center can be found on their About Us page.

Enrollment Process

Enrollment

The standard registration period is held the end of January/beginning of February for the following year. Registration/application packets are made available and parents identify the session they prefer for their child. If our program becomes over-enrolled, a lottery is held for open slots. Children currently enrolled are guaranteed a slot for the following year and siblings are given preference. Placements are then offered that are:

  • Educationally sound
  • Create the proper balance in each classroom
  • Come as close as possible to your priorities.

Following the standard registration period (rolling registrations will be taken throughout the year), openings will be filled by using the following selection process:

  1. Selecting those who were enrolled in the program this year.
  2. Select siblings of those currently enrolled.
  3. Using a lottery for the remaining openings and for a waiting list

Application Status

Once applicants are selected for enrollment, you will be notified of your registration status. Please note that you should indicate on your registration all days of the week and times of day you would consider because certain days or times may fill up before others. A Welcome Back/Meet The teacher visit will be held in August/September for parent and child. Notification of placement will be made by the begining of March by mail. In the event that all spaces are filled, a waiting list will be established. Any vacancies occurring after registration will be filled from the established waiting list.

Deposit

In order to secure an opening, you will be required to deliver/mail a deposit to Boutwell on or before the date of Friday, March 11, 2016. If your deposit is not received by that date, the opening will be made available to someone on the waiting list. For deposit amounts please refer to the tuition sheet, which is included. Deposit checks should be made payable to GDRSD and either turned in at or mailed to:

Boutwell School
P.O.Box 730
78 Hollis Street
Groton, MA 01450
Attn: Sally

(All requests for refund of deposit will be subject to a $50 administrative charge.)

Tuition

Rates for the 2018-2019 Year

Rates To Be Announced

The Tuition is an annual sum and is divided into ten (10) payments. Tuition remains the same regardless of a child’s attendance, closing for holidays, inclement weather, or another other closings beyond the school’s control. Please note all programs are half days.

A deposit is required to secure your child’s place for enrollment. This payment represents the tenth payment or last month of tuition. The remaining nine (9) payments are due on the first of the month beginning September 1, 2017 and ending May 1, 2018. Children who are enrolled after the start of the school year will be given a prorated tuition, and an individualized schedule for payment.

A 5% discount is available for individuals who choose to pay the entire year’s tuition in advance by October 1st. Additionally, a 10% discount is applied when a family enrolls more than one child. (Please note: The first child pays full tuition, and additional enrolled children receive a 10% discount in
tuition.)

In order to secure your child’s placement, the deposit is due on or before Friday, March 11,
2017. The deposit checks should be made out to GDRSD and mailed to:

Boutwell Early Childhood Center
P.O. Box 730
Groton, MA 01450
Attn: Sally

The monthly tuition payments should include your child’s name, school, and program. Checks should be made out to GDRSD and sent to:

GDRSD
Attn: Business Office – Tuitions
PO Box 729
Groton, MA 01450

The school district does not send out bills for tuition. Parents are responsible for remitting the appropriate amount each month. Please retain this payment information for future reference. If you have any questions, you may contact the Central Office at 145 Main Street, #978-448-5505, x206.

Note: the District reserves the right to suspend services for the child/children enrolled in the program when tuition payments are more than two (2) months in arrears.

Tuition Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

Purpose

It is the intent of the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District to recognize the parent’s ability to afford participation in the full day kindergarten program.

Determination

Students may attend the full day Kindergarten program on a space available basis and subject to the established tuition rates. Tuition costs may vary upon the financial status of the parent(s). Scholarships may be available based on financial need, please contact the business office

Financial criteria for scholarship grant

  1. Both parents and/or single parent must be employed.
  2. Monthly income & family size will be used to determine eligibility.

Complete an application for scholarship and return it with the following documents:

  • A signed copy of prior year’s Federal Income Tax return.
  • Evidence of current pay.

Scholarship Application

Kindergarten Program

The Groton-Dunstable Regional School District’s kindergarten program is based on a strong commitment to the equal promotion of the social, emotional, physical and intellectual development of each child. Our curriculum is designed to promote growth by providing children with a nurturing environment rich in experiences that will promote exploration, investigation, observation, critical thinking, self-confidence and a positive attitude toward learning.

We believe that a kindergarten program should engage children in small and large group experiences, as well as projects of individual interest. This is done thoughtfully and carefully in a flexible atmosphere with emphasis on hands-on experience and exposure. Children who have the opportunity to grow in self-direction develop a responsible ownership for their learning and a positive sense of self.

Our primary focus is the individual child. We recognize that each child varies in his/her needs, abilities and rate of development. It is our responsibility to provide a child-centered environment in which each student experiences success. It is the joy that school brings to a child’s life, the sense of wonder, fulfillment, and enrichment that is the prime standard by which we judge our program.

A close working relationship between parents and teachers helps children realize their potential. We believe that a positive kindergarten experience gives children a firm foundation for future success in school.

Registration

District Registration forms for can be found at the top of this page. A separate kindergarten specific overview and timeline can be downloaded.

Screening Procedure

Purpose and Process 

Kindergarten screening is a state mandated process to identify kindergartners who may have potential learning difficulties. It is a brief process that takes approximately 30-40 minutes from start to finish.

This process entails scheduling three children at one time and rotating them among three stations where they will be asked to do a series of simple activities. The professionals screening the children may vary from school to school, and may involve a kindergarten teacher, an occupational therapist, a speech therapist, and/or a reading specialist. Mandated vision and hearing screening will be completed in the fall.

Children who speak another language at home may participate in an English Language Learner screening as well. The screening team will review the results of the screening and parents will receive a letter notifying them of the results within one-two weeks of the screening appointment.

Please be assured that the children complete these activities with ease and do not find the session stressful. This process will also help facilitate a smooth transition for your child into kindergarten by providing another opportunity to have 1:1 time with school staff.

We will make every effort to send you scheduling information as soon as possible for your planning purposes. Please look for additional information about the screening process and scheduling this spring.

Screening Timeline

Screening for incoming Kindergarten students will take place the last week of May and will be scheduled for designated days during that week.

You will be notified of the time and date of the screening appointment in May by the school to which your child has been assigned. Please note that screening is by pre-appointment only so that we may plan as effectively and efficiently as possible.

Full Day Tuition & Scholarship

Full Day Kindergarten Tuition Payment Plan

Tuition rate for the 2017-2018 school year for Full Day Kindergarten will be $5,000.00 Tuition remains the same regardless of a child’s attendance, closings for holidays, inclement weather, or any other closings beyond the school’s control.

  • A $500.00 deposit is due upon notification of acceptance into the program, and is required to secure your child’s enrollment. The deposit and all payments should include:
    • Child’s Name
      Child’s School
      Payment Month
  • The deposit and all payments should be mailed to:
    • GDRSD
      Attn: Business Office – Tuitions
      PO Box 729
      Groton, MA 01450
  • The remaining $4,500.00 should be sent in nine equal payments of $500.00, and are due the first of every month beginning in September and ending in May. You are responsible for mailing the payment on time as no bills are sent from the district.
  • A 5% discount is available for individuals who choose to pay the yearly tuition in advance by October 1st.
  • Additionally, a 10% tuition discount is applied when a family enrolls more than one child. (Please note: The first child pays full tuition, additional enrolled children receive a 10% discount in tuition.)
  • The Groton-Dunstable Regional School District does not send out bills for tuition. Parents are responsible for remitting the appropriate amount each month. Note: The district reserves the right to suspend services for the child(ren) enrolled in the program, when tuition payments are more than two (2) months in arrears.

Tuition Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

Purpose

It is the intent of the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District to recognize the parent’s ability to afford participation in the full day kindergarten program.

Determination

Students may attend the full day Kindergarten program on a space available basis and subject to the established tuition rates. Tuition costs may vary upon the financial status of the parent(s). Scholarships may be available based on financial need, please contact the business office

Financial criteria for scholarship grant

  1. Both parents and/or single parent must be employed.
  2. Monthly income & family size will be used to determine eligibility.

Tuition costs may vary upon the financial status of the parent(s). Scholarships may be available based on financial need, please contact the business office (978-448-5505)

  • Both parents and/or single parent must be employed.
  • Monthly income & family size will be used to determine eligibility as listed below.

Complete an application for scholarship and return it with the following documents:

  • A signed copy of prior year’s Federal Income Tax return.
  • Evidence of current pay.

Scholarship Application

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I know if my child will be assigned to the morning or afternoon session of kindergarten?
    • Morning and afternoon sessions are determined by where you live in town and are based on bus routes. The Bus Company is given a list of all incoming kindergartners and develops the mid-day routes.
  • When do the morning and afternoon sessions change during the school year?
    • The morning and afternoon sessions will change some time in January. You will be notified of the switch in advance.
  • When will I find out whether my child is in the morning or afternoon session of kindergarten?
    • The bus company works very closely with us to give us this information as soon as possible. The past several years we have been able to have this information available to parents in June, and expect to have the same timeline this year. Please note, however, that routes are established yearly, and are subject to change from year to year based on student populations.
  • Can I request a particular session?
    • Parents may put in writing a special request for a particular session. However, these requests can be honored only if sessions are balanced and these decisions are not made until late August, to allow for families that move into our district over the summer. If sessions are switched, parents must provide mid-day transportation, since original assignments are based on bus routes.
  • What if I live in one end of town and my child goes to a babysitter on the opposite side of town?
    • This is considered a special request. When you register your child, please let us know in writing of any special circumstances or requests.
  • How is the full day kindergarten tuition figured?
    • State law requires that public schools provide half-day kindergarten programs. For every full day kindergarten class that we offer, we “lose” classroom space for 20 children and it costs the district an additional half of a teacher’s salary. For this reason, the full day Kindergarten program needs to be self-supporting. The tuition reflects the teacher’s salary, the aide’s salary, secretarial support and teaching supplies. The tuition rate is competitive with private kindergartens in the area.
  • What is the difference between the full day kindergarten and the Extended Day kindergarten program?
    • The full day kindergarten program offers children the advantage of one teacher, the same classroom space and materials, and the same classmates for a six-hour day. It means fewer transitions and more continuity for the children. The Extended Day program is less expensive and offers a more flexible enrollment plan, in that children can be enrolled for a minimum of two days a week and may add on days as desired. This program offers enriching activities and provides children with increased opportunities for social interactions with their peers. A minimum number of students is required to run the Extended Day program. So if you are interested, please send in a registration form as soon as possible.
  • What if my child turns 5 after August 31? Are they eligible to come to kindergarten?
    • District policy requires students to be 5 years old by August 31.
Parents of current GDRSD students who need to make changes to information about their student do so within the SchoolBrains Community Portal. Changes of address require two steps:

  1. Log into the SchoolBrains Community Portal and submit the changes.
  2. Submit updated documentation to confirm the changes. You must submit one item from each of the groups below. Please make copies of the documents and submit them to your child’s school office (during the school year) or to the Central Office at Prescott School (during the summer months). If you have children attending multiple schools within the district, please submit one copy of the documents to the school of your oldest child. Questions can be directed to Officer Rachel Mead, District Supervisor of Residency/Attendance.

Group A 
Proof of Ownership

Group B
Proof of Occupancy
Group C
Proof of Identity
  • Record of recent mortgage bill payment and/or property tax bill
  • Fully signed and executed Bill of Sale (must be executed by both parties)
  • Copy of Lease and record of recent rental payment
  • A signed Statement/Affidavit of Residence (must be notarized) and record of recent rental payment
  • Section 8 Agreement
  • Gas/Oil bill
  • Electric bill
  • Home telephone bill (not cell phone bill)
  • Cable bill
  • Water/sewer bill

Note: Bill must be dated within the past 45 days and the name of parent/guardian and the Groton or Dunstable address must be stated.

  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Valid MA Photo ID Card
  • Valid Passport
  • Other Government issued photo ID