Parent Information Welcome Center

Parent Information Center will be closed on Friday, November 24th

James L. Garvey Parent Information Welcome Center

768 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 799-3194
Hours: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Student registration, transfer information, registration and immunization requirements, transfer form, PIC contacts, PIC directions and school calendar.

Important Information

At the Parent Information Welcome Center:

The Worcester Public Schools has a voluntary student assignment policy, utilizing its Magnet School Network and its school of choice options.

All elementary school students registering or transferring into the Worcester Public Schools are required to do so at the Parent Information Center. Staff at the Center assists parents in the selection of an educational environment that meets the academic needs of their child. This allows parents the opportunity to take advantage of the diverse educational opportunities that exist within the Worcester Public Schools.

The Parent Information Welcome Center continues to provide parents with:

  1. Information regarding the established Student Assignment Policy;
  2. Assistance in obtaining access to specialized resources available in the Worcester Public Schools;
  3. Assistance with on-site visits to all schools within the system;
  4. Help in the initial stages of registration required by the school; i.e., proof of birth, immunization records and proof of Worcester Residency.
  5. Assurance that all Worcester Public Schools parents are fully informed of all important news, events, and educational opportunities being offered by the school system.

The Parent Information Welcome Center serves as the main source of information and assistance to all new students entering the Worcester Public Schools. The goal of the Center is to provide parents with all information relative to the advantages and opportunities for their children in Magnet and Choice schools.

The Parent Information Welcome Center has available brochures describing schools and programs, as well as staff that is knowledgeable about the Worcester Public Schools and its resources. The staff of the Parent Information Welcome Center works closely with principals, parents, and school support staff to insure that parents have all the information necessary when making choice decisions. Native language assistance is also available.

The Parent Information Welcome Center is centrally located and is open year round Monday-Friday from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Kindergarten registration for the next school year begins in January, following an outreach mailing to parents of potential students by the principals of all elementary schools. This mailing list is compiled with the assistance of the Worcester Public Health department, Area Worship Centers, Neighborhood Centers, Head Start Programs, Special Education Programs, the Bilingual department, and media outreach by the Parent Information Welcome Center.

Staff of the Parent Information Welcome Center communicates with Arabic, Spanish, and Vietnamese parents in their native languages.

The Student Assignment Officer meets regularly with all the Neighborhood Center Directors, the Director of Public Health Nurses, and the principals of all elementary schools. Meetings are also held on a regular basis with principals and school staff to update Parent Information Center staff of changes in school and program offerings.

Kindergarten

The Worcester Public Schools offers full-day kindergarten programs in all of it's elementary schools. School Committee Policy: To be eligible to an attend kindergarten, a child must be five years old by December 31st.

All registrations for both preschool and kindergarten take place at the Parent Information Welcome Center, 768 Main Street.

Parent Information Welcome Center Hours: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Children will not be registered to attend kindergarten unless guardians provide :

  • Proof of child’s birth (birth certificate or passport)
  • Updated immunization record
  • Proof of Worcester residency (Only the following are accepted as proof):
    • Utility bill (gas or electric)
    • Water bill
    • Mortgage or rental/lease agreement

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL REGISTRATION Grades 1 - 6

New students entering grades 1 - 6 also register at the Parent Information Welcome Center. They, too, must provide :

  • Proof of child’s birth (birth certificate or passport)
  • Updated immunization record
  • Proof of Worcester residency (Only the following are accepted as proof):
    • Utility bill (gas or electric)
    • Water bill
    • Mortgage or rental/lease agreement

MIDDLE and HIGH SCHOOL REGISTRATIONS:

MIDDLE SCHOOL REGISTRATIONS:

New student registrations will be conducted at the following locations:

Schools Tel. Number
Burncoat Middle (508) 799-3390
Claremont Academy (508) 799-3077
Forest Grove Middle (508) 799-3420
Sullivan Middle (508) 799-3350
Worcester East Middle (508) 799-3430
University Park Campus* (508) 799-3591

* University Park Campus School students register at the school.

or at the following locations:

Dr. James L. Garvey Parent Information Welcome Center
768 Main Street, Worcester, MA
Tel: (508) 799-3194, (508) 799-3299
Monday – Friday: 8:30 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

Transfers between Worcester Public Schools’ Middle Schools: parent/guardian should go the sending school to get a transfer slip and return any books and materials to the sending school. Then take this transfer slip to the receiving school to complete the transfer.

SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL REGISTRATIONS:

New student registrations can be completed at the home high school.

Schools Tel. Number
Burncoat High (508) 799-3300
Claremont Academy (508) 799-3077
Doherty Memorial High (508) 799-3270
North High (508) 799-3370
South High Community (508) 799-3325
University Park Campus* (508) 799-3591

*University Park Campus School and Worcester Technical High School registrations are completed at the schools.

or at the following locations:

Dr. James L. Garvey Parent Information Welcome Center
768 Main Street, Worcester, MA
Tel: (508) 799-3194, (508) 799-3299
Monday – Friday: 8:30 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

Transfers between Worcester Public Schools’ High Schools: parent/guardian should go the sending school to get a transfer slip and return any books and materials to the sending school. Then take this transfer slip to the receiving school to complete the transfer.