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Age and Residency Requirements

Age and Residency Requirements

In order to register and attend the Westborough Public Schools, a student must reside in the Town of Westborough with a parent/legal guardian. “Residency” is defined as the place where a person has his/her permanent home, i.e., “the place where a person dwells and which is the center of his domestic, social and civil life.”  For minor children, the legal residency is presumed to be the legal residence of the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) who has physical custody of the minor child. Students who are visiting Westborough are not eligible to attend the Westborough Public Schools.


Please note that children must be five years of age on or before September 1st of the year in which they enter Kindergarten and must be six years of age on or before the year in which they are to enter Grade 1.  

In addition, students arriving from other countries are placed in a grade level commensurate with their chronological peers.  For example, students having completed Grade 4 in another country will only be placed in Grade 5 in our schools if they are within the same age range as our Grade 5 students.  If their age is within the age range of our Grade 4 students then that student will be placed in Grade 4.  Please see the Entrance Age Chart.

Residency Requirements

Westborough Public Schools reserves the right to verify residency either at the time of enrollment or during the academic school year. Since family situations can change, the Westborough Public Schools reserves the right to request additional, updated information when warranted.

The Assistant Superintendent may initiate an investigation in conjunction with the Youth Officer, including a home visit to verify residency. If a student is found not to be primarily residing in the Town of Westborough, the student will need to enroll in the school district of the city/town where he/she actually resides. Factors that may trigger an investigation include, but are not limited to, the following: changes in residency not reported immediately to the school where the student is enrolled; mail returned to the school; incomplete or contradictory proofs of residency; or anonymous calls reporting suspected residency violations.

Families found to be in violation of these guidelines will face strict penalties, including, but not limited to, immediate dismissal from school; per diem charges for the education and related services accessed as a non-resident which are based on the per pupil cost to the district; and possible legal action.