Admission to the Belmont Public Schools

Belmont Public Schools Online Registration

  • Please do not bring any registration documents to the schools or Town Hall until further notice. All school buildings are closed to the public for the remainder of this school year.
  • Registration is for families new to Belmont Public Schools; existing families should not register
  • Due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus), we are asking all families who have traveled out of the country in August 2020 to contact the Director of Nursing, Beth Rumley, at 617-993-5807, for a confidential conversation and for any guidance you may need. Please see the CDC website for information regarding their self-quarantine guidance for people who have traveled to countries with high-level transmission.

Chenery Middle School (Grades 5-8) and Belmont High School (Grades 9-12) Registration

Per Massachusetts General Law, only students residing with a parent or legal guardian in the Town of Belmont are eligible to attend the Belmont Public Schools when they are age appropriate. Please note possessing guardianship in of itself does not allow a child to enroll in Belmont Public Schools and requires review and Superintendent approval.

For students who are Homeless and may have challenges providing the required residency documentation, please contact the Superintendent’s office for further guidance and assistance.

Below are the steps for Grades 5-12 Online Registration for families new to Belmont Public Schools:

Due to school closures, the process for submitting documents will be emailed to you once you complete the online registration form and the Home Language form online. The Town Clerk's office and school buildings are closed until further notice. The following information is current except for going to town and school buildings

The child must reside in the town of Belmont with a parent or legal guardian. Residency will be verified before enrollment. After submitting the online registration, a parent or a legal guardian must submit their registration documents to the school (identification of a parent or a legal guardian is required).

  1. Submit your online registration by clicking on your district school below.
  2. Within 5 business days of submitting the online registration, parents/guardians will receive a link to additional required documents to be completed online. 
  3. Parents/guardians will then receive a link to the Residency Verification Form and the Student Health History Form. These forms cannot be completed online. A parent or a legal guardian should print and complete both forms and bring to your school’s office along with the documents listed below in the Chenery Middle School and Belmont High School Required Documents.

Chenery Middle School Hours: The office is available to receive registration documents on Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please call the school’s main office with any questions regarding registration at 617-993-5800.

Belmont High School Hours: The Guidance Office is open during the week between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to receive registration documents. If you need further information, please call the Guidance Office at 617-993-5910. All students who enter/withdraw from Belmont High School may be required to meet with and receive approval by the principal.

Chenery Middle School and Belmont High School Required Documents

Please bring in the original document or a copy as noted below. Please keep a copy for your records. See General Steps for Registration below for completing your registration:

  • Residency Verification Form proof of residency (notarized original Residency Verification Form, printed out and completed; notarized original Town Clerk census form; copy of other required documents as outlined),
  • Student Health History Form; (copy - please print out and complete this form)
  • seasonal influenza vaccine by December 31 (not required of students enrolling after March 31 of the current school year but is required for the following school year),
  • meningococcal vaccine for entry into grades 7 and 11 (grade 11 requirement is for a booster dose of vaccine on or after 16th birthday)
  • health records from physician (copy; including physical exam taken place within 12 months and proof of immunization); please see Health Care Guidelines below,
  • birth certificate/passport (show original and bring copy),
  • official transcripts
  • MCAS scores (if transferring from a public school in Massachusetts)
  • government-issued photo identification of parents or legal guardians (show original and bring copy)

All documents not in English, including health records and immunizations, must be translated into English by a certified translator.

Start Grades 5-12 Online Registration Here for New students to Belmont Public Schools

Note: students currently attending BPS schools do not need to re-register.

  • Registering your child who PREVIOUSLY ATTENDED the Belmont Public Schools, and is now returning: START HERE
  • Registering your child for 2020-2021 School Year, select your school:

Please contact your school if you have questions regarding registration. 

Health Care Guidelines

All students entering Belmont Public Schools must meet the immunization requirements set up by Chapter 76, Section 15 of the General Laws of Massachusetts. Proof of immunization must be presented to the school nurse when registering for school. Failure to comply with this ruling will result in exclusion from school. For more information visit the Health Department web site.

Each School has a Health Clinic operated by a registered nurse whose time may be shared with other schools should the need arise. When a student becomes ill at school, a parent or guardian will be notified and expected to pick up the student as soon as possible. Each parent or guardian is asked to provide the school with the names of two (2) alternate persons who may be contacted in the event that a parent/guardian cannot be reached. Persons listed must be local and have access to transportation. Please advise the school office when any name or number changes.

Complete information with regard to required immunizations and physical examinations, medication administration during the school day and when a child should be kept home due to illness, etc. can be found on the Belmont Public Schools Health and Nursing Department website.

Moving Within the Town of Belmont 

A new proof of residency must be brought to the school office, for the new address, if a student moves within Belmont. If the new address is in a different elementary district, it will be determined if the student will be moved to the new district school, based on class size/enrollment numbers.

Town of Belmont Contact Information 

  • Town of Belmont Census: This can be obtained at the Town Clerk’s Office located at Belmont Town Hall, 455 Concord Avenue 
  • Belmont Municipal Light Bill: The document should include resident’s name and “turn on date”. If you have recently moved to Belmont, and have not received a bill please contact the Belmont Municipal Light Department and request a letter or “Light Order” stating you have signed up for an electric account and are a current resident at the Belmont address. Belmont Light can be reached at 617-993-2800.

Transfer/Withdrawal

Students transferring to another school or withdrawing from Belmont High School must submit an Official Withdrawal Notice signed by a parent/guardian (unless student is 16 or over) to the guidance office. Students withdrawing who wish to “drop out,” must be afforded an exit interview. Students must also return books, school issued IPads, and other school property to the office. Transcripts will not be released until the student has resolved any/all obligations and has officially withdrawn.

Transfer Credits

BHS will accept for credit courses from other secondary schools. Students successfully completing BHS equivalent courses at another secondary school cannot retake those courses at BHS. Acceptance of and the designation (college prep, honors, AP) of credits from other institutions is at the discretion of the BHS administration. Courses accepted for credit that do not logically correlate with BHS offerings will be assigned a generic title on the student transcript and may not carry the same credit value. Transfer grades will be listed as P’s or F’s on the BHS transcript. 

If a transfer student is fluent in a language other than English and their previous transcript shows that they have studied this other language for at least two years, then this can count as their “foreign language” two year graduation credit.

Transcripts 

The guidance department works with students to prepare and mail their transcripts for college; there is a $10 processing fee, which covers shipping and materials, for the guidance department to send transcripts for seniors.