Acton Public Schools and Acton-Boxborough Regional School District
ENROLLMENT OF STUDENTS
Students are placed in the school of the parents’ first choice, according to the priorities listed
below. In the event there is an over-enrollment in any school after the above indicated children
have been placed, a lottery will be held which will provide a fair way for all other children to be
placed in the school of their highest choice.
Students Moving into Acton
Every effort will be made to place students (K-6) who move to Acton in the schools requested by
their parents, with preference given, if necessary, according to the priorities below. However, in
certain circumstances it may not be possible to place these students in the school of their first
Transfers between Elementary Schools
A parent or guardian who wishes to transfer his or her child from one elementary school to
another shall write a letter to the Superintendent or designee stating the request. Normally
transfer requests should be initiated by July 1 for the following school year. The Superintendent
shall make a decision by the end of the third week in August and communicate it to the parent or
guardian. Normally, transfers of enrolled students during the school year take priority over new
residents to the town.
Priorities to be Used in Assigning Students
a. Providing for children with special program needs and/or accessibility accommodations.
Some students requiring English Literacy Learner services may need the special
programs/staff support or building accommodations offered at particular schools. These
students will be placed appropriately upon the recommendation of Pupil Services.
b. Keeping Families Together - It is important to build a strong core of families who can devote
their energies to their school’s activities. Volunteerism, active parent/teacher organizations,
and parent involvement in advisory groups and the like are valuab