Enrollment FAQ

Thank you for your interest in enrollment at BFCCPS.  Just below you will find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.  If you need further assistance you are welcome to contact our Marketing Coordinator, Joanne Basile for assistance.


 

How does the lottery work?

Our enrollment process first assigns acceptances or wait-list numbers to applicants that are siblings of currently enrolled students. Thereafter, applicants from the region will be assigned either acceptance or wait-list numbers. Finally acceptance or wait-list numbers will be assigned to applicants from outside our Region.

What towns are included in the BFCCPS Region?

Bellingham, Blackstone, Franklin, Holliston, Hopedale, Medway, Mendon, Milford, Millis, Milville, Norfolk, Plainville, Upton, Walpole, Wrentham

At what age can we apply for BFCCPS?

Children seeking enrollment for Kindergarten must be five years old by August 31st in the school year for which they are applying.

I have more than one child applying.  Do I need to fill out a separate application for each one of them?

Yes, you must complete an individual application for each individual student for whom you are seeking enrollment.

I have twins, if one is accepted, will they both be accepted?

Unfortunately, each application is tracked individually, it is possible that one twin may gain acceptance and one may receive a wait list number.  Once the accepted twin attends their first day of school, the other twin will gain sibling status.  The other twin will then receive a  new sibling waiting list number.  

How many spaces are available?

Enrollment numbers will be determined closer to the lottery. Typically we accept 50 students in Kindergarten each year. That number can fluctuate depending on if a current Kindergarten student is recommended to be retained.

In grades 1-8, student enrollment will be based on the number of open spots we currently have in that grade. That number can change as families move or relocate.

What are the chances of my student receiving an acceptance?

We cannot estimate chances of enrollment, as this will change annually depending on how many students apply for each grade level.

The amount of spaces we have available at each grade level will also be dependent on the number of current students that may choose to vacate their seat.

Please note that very often we will not be notified about changes of enrollment until the summer.

What is my child’s wait-list number?

After you submit your application(s) you will receive a unique lottery number for each student for whom you have placed an application.  Please be sure to retain your students assigned lottery number; this is the information that is used to report waiting list statuses.

After the completion of the lottery, the wait-list will be posted online.  In the event that changes are made to the status of our enrollment, updates to the list will be posted online so that you will have access to the most up to date information.

I received a waiting list number after the lottery, but I haven’t received an update since.

We invite you to follow updates to the wait-list which will be posted on our website. Remember you will need to retain your child’s assigned unique lottery number.

We will reach out to families in the first wait-list position in the event that we are able to make an offer. We will only be able to make an offer to students on the wait-list in the event that we have a change to our planned enrollment for the year.

Please note that very often we will not be notified about changes to enrollment until the summer.

Do I have to re-enroll every year?

Students who are offered enrollment and choose to accept their position will continue to have a space each year, they do not need to reapply each year.

Students who receive a wait-list number must re-apply annually to confirm their interest in sending their student to BFCCPS. In accordance with state regulations all applicants, even siblings, must re-apply annually.  New application numbers and new wait-list assignments will be provided each year.

Do you have transportation for students outside of Franklin?

BFCCPS provides access to a Regional Bus Service for students who live outside of Franklin but still within our Region.  This service is a “community bus service” not a door-to-door bus service.

The Regional Bus will arrive to school for our Middle School Arrival by 8:15 am.  Students in grades K-5 will attend Morning Care in our Art Room until 8:45 am. Morning Care includes games and puzzles, homework help and an outdoor recess (weather permitting).

The bus stops and bus fees for this service will be published in August 2017.

What is your class size? What is the student teacher/ratio?

We have two classrooms of 25 students each for all grades, K-8, for a total of 50 students per grade and 450 students in total.  In Kindergarten and Grade 1 each classroom has their own dedicated classroom assistant. In Grades 2-4, the grades have a shared assistant who splits their time between both classrooms.  

Additionally, all grades have a variety of supports available including but not limited to Special Education teachers, inclusion and special education assistants, occupational and speech and language therapists, reading and math specialists, a school counselor and school psychologist on staff.

My Child has a 504, IEP, and/or receives ELL services? Can they attend BFCCPS?

BFCCPS is a Massachusetts Public School and as such we follow all Department of Elementary and Secondary Education regulations and requirements.  BFCCPS has a full Student Services/Special Education Department in place to accommodate students with specific educational requirements. Upon an offer of admission from BFCCPS, please submit any existing IEP/504 plans or your student’s ELL status so that our Student Services Department can determine how we can work together to support your student.


Transfer students

 

 

What do I do if my child doesn’t already speak a foreign language?

Don’t worry, many of our transfer students come to us with no prior foreign language experience!  Our teachers can offer background materials to help with the basics over the summer, and also offer support after school or at study hall.  Often our current students will work with our new students to help them.

In fact, in many instances students who have just joined BFCCPS have worked diligently and even won National Awards for their dedication.

Our transfer students even have the option to take French and/or Latin Pass/Fail until they feel confident in the subject matter.

My son/daughter is nervous about the adjustment.  How can you help?

If you are extended an offer to join BFCCPS during the school year, we would be happy to coordinate a shadow visit and building tour so they can meet their fellow classmates, and get a glimpse of day-to-day life here at school.  

Building tours can be arranged with the front office for any students who may receive an offer of enrollment over the summer. 

We will assign “new student buddies” to each of our new students. The new student buddies will help welcome our newest classmates, show them the ropes here at school and will be sure to introduce them to the other students in the class.