JF: School Admissions

All children of school age who reside in the City of Melrose will be entitled to attend the public schools, as will certain children who do not reside in the City but who are admitted under state law, Committee policies relating to nonresident students, or by specific action of the Committee.

  1. Children who are five years old on or before September 1st of any year are eligible to enroll in kindergarten for the school year commencing in September.  The parent or guardian of a child who does not meet the age requirement for kindergarten may petition the Superintendent for early enrollment, pursuant to the Procedure to Petition for Early Admission to Kindergarten. Such child will be eligible to enroll only if he or she meets the requirements of this procedure. Advance registration for prospective kindergarten students will take place in late winter of the previous school year.
  2. Children who are six years old on or before September 1st of any year are eligible to enroll in grade one for the school year commencing in September. The parent or guardian of a child who does not meet the age requirement for grade one may petition the Superintendent for early enrollment, pursuant to the Procedure to Petition for Early Admission to First Grade. Such child will be eligible to enroll only if he or she meets the requirements of this procedure.
  3. Every student seeking admission to school for the first time in the Melrose Public Schools must present a birth certificate or equivalent proof of age acceptable to the Superintendent or his/her designee and proof of vaccination and immunizations as required by the state and the Committee. Proof of residency and/or residency of legal guardianship may also be required by the school administration.
  4. Students who are enrolled as seniors in Melrose High School may remain in attendance for the remainder of the school year even though a change of residence has taken place.
  5. The Superintendent, upon request, may allow students in all other grades to finish a school year even though a change of residence has taken place. Such a request requires the approval of the principal where the child attends school.
  6. Resident students are eligible to continue to attend the Melrose Public Schools until they reach the age of 22, provided that they have not received a high school diploma from any school or the equivalent.  The administration will provide information relating to available adult education and/or GED programs to residents who are 22 years of age or older, have not received a high school diploma from any school or the equivalent, and seek to enroll in the Melrose Public Schools. Adult students (those over 18 years of age) whose parents or guardians do not reside in Melrose are eligible to attend public schools until they reach the age of 22 or receive a high school diploma or the equivalent if they are legal residents of the City of Melrose.
  7. Parents, guardians, or students age eighteen or over may appeal an administrative decision concerning school admission and/or enrollment according to the Superintendent’s Administrative Procedures for Appeal.
  8. At the end of each school year, the Superintendent must review each case of residency for approval or denial of admission and/or enrollment for the next school year. With Committee approval, certain non-resident students may be allowed to attend the Melrose Public Schools, either with or without a tuition fee, subject to employee contracts, or participation in METCO, school choice, foreign exchange, or tuition-based programs.

 

MSC first vote: 1/13/15
MSC second vote: 2/18/15