Frequently Asked Questions

How are students selected?

Enrollment is based on a random, public lottery.  Children residing in Springfield receive priority over other applicants.  Springfield Prep, like all charter schools in Massachusetts, is a FREE and PUBLIC school that is open to ALL students, regardless of prior academic achievement, special education need, or primary language.

Who is eligible to apply?

Springfield Prep is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year for students who will be in grades K, 1 , 2, 3 and 4.  There are 54 open seats for kindergarten. The number of open seats for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades will depend on the number of current students who return next year.  To apply for kindergarten, students must be 5 years old on September 1, 2018.  To apply for first grade, students must have successfully completed kindergarten.

Please click here to read the about students' right to attend public charter schools in Massachusetts.

How do I apply to enroll my child?

To apply, please complete the application form and submit it to our office.  We will contact you in writing to let you know that we have received your child’s application.  Applications may be submitted in one of three ways:

In person – Drop the application off at 370 Pine Street, Springfield, MA 01105
Online – click here.
By mail – Mail the application to our office at the address above.

Submit your application by Friday, March 2, 2018 by 4pm to have your student's name entered into our first lottery.

When is the lottery? How do I know how my child does in the lottery?

Our principal lottery will be held on Friday, March 9th at 3:00pm at Springfield Prep Charter School.  We will post details about this lottery on this website at least one month in advance of the event.

Our lotteries are open to the public.  Attendance at the lottery has no impact on a student’s chances of being selected.  Following the lottery, the school will contact all families by mail to notify them of their child’s status, and will contact them by phone as well if they have been admitted.

 If my child does not get in, what happens?

All children not accepted will be placed on a waiting list.  You only need to apply once.  Please make sure to let Springfield Prep know if your contact information changes so that we can get in touch with you should a spot open up.

More questions?

If you have any questions about our application and enrollment process, please contact the school office at 413-231-2722 or email bspirer@springfieldprep.org.