On behalf of our Board of Education and
entire district staff, I welcome you to the Bethel Public Schools. As
your partner in your child’s education, it is our shared vision to make
Bethel Public Schools a premier district in the state and nation and to
be on the leading edge of educational excellence by providing a rigorous
core education driven by a technology-powered pedagogy and access to
significant opportunities to learn and grow through authentic real-world
experiences. We understand that the new global, knowledge economy
calls all students to be innovators, critical thinkers and creative,
collaborative problem solvers. As such our mission is to prepare
students so they possess these skills and have the knowledge and
background to work effectively with others in a truly global society.
We are committed to providing such an inspirational educational
experience that our graduates will be compassionate, active citizens of
the world and proud ambassadors of Bethel wherever their education and
experiences may take them.
As you begin the process of registration
and immersion into our schools, I invite you to explore our websites,
contact our principals and PTO’s, and get a full picture of all that we
offer students at every age. Much scientific research points to strong
partnerships between families and schools as a strong factor in the
success of children. There are numerous ways to get involved in the
schools and I urge you to engage with our parent/teacher organizations
to learn of those opportunities. We have made a number of changes to
our registration procedures in an effort to improve and streamline the
process. Our staff is here to assist you each step of the way. You can
expect to encounter highly professional, engaging, and helpful
individuals in every department of our system. Should you have any
questions or concerns or need any assistance please feel free to contact
our staff either via email or phone. I look forward to meeting you in
person and again, extend a very warm welcome to our schools.
Christine Carver, Ed. D.
Superintendent of Schools
How to Enroll Your Child
Welcome to the Bethel Public Schools. To
register a new student, please follow the steps below. Legal
parents or guardians must complete the online registration forms, and
provide required documents in order to register.
Read the information below and follow
the appropriate links to learn what you need to know about the Bethel
Public Schools (BPS) registration procedures and policies for all
students, along with downloadable forms.
How to Register Your Child
Spanish Translation - How to Register Your Child
Portuguese Translation - How to Register Your Child
When to Register
According to Connecticut law, your child
must be five years old on or before January 1st to register for
Kindergarten. There is no deadline for registration, but the Bethel
Public Schools urges parents to register early. To be admitted, a child must meet all documentation requirements and health requirements.
Parents of students transferring to BPS from other school districts
should enroll their children as soon as possible upon moving to Bethel.
Registration for transfer students is ongoing.
Kindergarten Registration Information for the
2017-2018 School Year
Spanish Translation-Kindergarten Registration
Portuguese Translation - Kindergarten Registration
Kindergarten Registration Form for the 2017-2018 School Year
Step 1. COMPLETE ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM BY CLICKING ON THE LINK BELOW:
Registration for the 2016-2017 School Year
Information Regarding Kindergarten Placement Procedures
Step 2. AFTER COMPLETING THE ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM you MUST CALL AND MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH MRS. McCOLLAM, REGISTRAR, AT 203-830-7355.
NO WALK IN REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED
Registration Hours are by Appointment ONLY
Tuesdays 8:00 to 10:00 AM & Thursdays 2:00 to 4:00 PM.
YOU MUST CALL THE DISTRICT REGISTRAR, FOR AN APPOINTMENT DATE/TIME.
Step 3. BRING REQUIRED DOCUMENTS LISTED BELOW TO YOUR APPOINTMENT WITH REGISTRAR’S OFFICE.
PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ALL THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS AT YOUR SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT, THE REGISTRAR WILL BE UNABLE TO KEEP THE APPOINTMENT AND YOU WILL NEED TO RESCHEDULE YOUR REGISTRATION APPOINTMENT FOR A TIME WHEN YOU HAVE ALL OF THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION.
To register your child for school, you will need several documents. These include:
1. Child's original birth certificate with a raised seal AND a copy.
2. Proof that the adult registering the child is the parent or legal guardian (name on birth certificate matches the parent's picture ID or court documents of legal custody if divorced or separated).
3. Proof of residency: MUST supply the following:
Home Owner - Real Estate Tax Bill, Copy of Property Deed, Current Mortgage Statement, or Settlement Statement (new home-owners only) and one current (1) utility bill (cable, electric, gas, telephone or cell phone showing the name and address)
SIGNED Lease or Rental Agreement. Lease agreement must be unexpired and signed by lessor/lessee and dated. Landlord contact information must be provided. Two (2) current utility bills (see above) showing your name and address.
Notarized Landlord Affidavit Form must be provided if there is no lease and you are renting month to month/weekly or your lease is expired. Landlord contact information must be provided. Two (2) current utility bills (see above) showing your name and address. Notarized Landlord Affidavit
Section 8 Agreement with dates of tenancy. Two (2) current utility bills (see above) showing your name and address.
If you do not own or rent but are living with a Bethel resident- two (2) notarized affidavits, Resident Parent/Legal Guardian & Residency Affidavit Forms (these forms are on school website). These affidavits must be accompanied by two (2) current utility bills (see above) with your name and the address on them. Additionally, one (1) current utility bill and tax bill from the Bethel property owner must also be presented with the owner’s name and the address. Residency Affidavit Forms
If you live in a household where all utilities are in someone else’s name or utilities are included as part of your rental agreement, please choose (2) two of the acceptable residency documents that display your Bethel address: Valid driver’s license or valid CT DMV photo identification (stickers not allowed); valid automobile registration; current homeowners insurance or automobile insurance; current payroll stub; current bank or credit card statement; current letters from governmental agencies; or current court documents. Submission of a utility bill may still be required to prove that the residence is occupied.
NOTE: Motor vehicle tax bills and water/sewer bills are not acceptable for proof of residency.
4. Student meets Requirements for Homeless or Unaccompanied Youth Status (Social Worker/Liaison to be contacted)
5. Health Physical and Sports Physical Form for K-12 ("Blue Form") Health Physical Form with current physical and immunizations for K-12 filled out and signed by your physician.
6. Request For Records Form or Official school records from another school system or country, if applicable and available. It is the parents/guardians responsibility to have all school records translated into English prior to the student(s) first day of school.
7. Free/Reduced Lunch Application (if applicable) can be found on our School Lunch Information webpage in both English and Spanish: School Lunch Information
9. Required Document Check Off List
School placements will not be made until all documentation has been provided to the registrar and the student has been cleared medically by the school nurse.
Once the child has been cleared by BOTH the registrar and the school nurse, the school will then call the parent/legal guardian to schedule a screening appointment for the child. Parents/legal guardians are asked to not go to the schools until they are called.
If you have any questions regarding the process, please feel free to
contact the District’s Registrar or the school your child will be
attending. Again, we welcome you to the Bethel Public Schools.
Where to go for your Registration Appointment
Bethel Public Schools Registrar’s Office
Mrs. Laurel McCollam, District Registrar
Bethel Board of Education
PO Box 253
1 School Street
Bethel, CT 06801
School Contact Info:
F.A. Berry School
200 Whittlesey Dr.
Bethel, CT 06801
A. H. Rockwell School
400 Whittlesey Dr.
Bethel, CT 06801
R.M.T Johnson School
500 Whittlesley Dr.
Bethel, CT 06801
Bethel Middle School
600 Whittlesley Dr.
Bethel, CT 06801
Bethel High School
300 Whittlesley Dr.
Bethel, CT 06801