Video: How to Register a Student

  • Enrollment in the Barnstable Public School District requires residency within the town of Barnstable. Pre-Registration begins with an online application and must be completed only by those parents/guardians who meet the residency requirements.

    NOTE: Pre-Registration does not indicate enrollment in the District. 

    If you speak Portuguese or Spanish and need a bilingual representative during the registration appointment, please indicate this in the notes section when scheduling an appointment (see below).


    • On your computer please complete the pre-registration online (visit the school choice page first if you live outside of Barnstable)

    • At the end of your pre-registration process, you must make an appointment with the Family and Community Engagement Center (FCEC) for each child, using the online scheduler. 

      All meetings are held in-person at the HYCC, 141 Bassett Lane Hyannis – not at the schools.

      Please schedule your appointment 24 hours prior to your desired date and time. Appointments occur at the Family and Community Engagement Center (HYCC, 141 Bassett Lane, Hyannis, MA 02601). Accommodations can be made to hold appointments over zoom if necessary. Please inform us by sending an email to:

      • For zoom appointments: You will receive an email reply the day prior to your scheduled meeting which will contain your Meeting ID and password for Zoom. You will need this Meeting ID to log in to the meeting.
      • On the day of the meeting, you will need to visit Zoom to join.
      • This can be done via laptop or cell phone (app must be downloaded).
      • Click join a meeting at the top right and enter your meeting ID.
      • Once you’ve joined the meeting, you will be directed to wait in the virtual waiting room, until your host joins. We ask you to be there at least 5 minutes before, to allow time for any technical difficulties.

    • If you need to reschedule your appointment, please do so 24 hours before your appointment. Please email us and we will send you the link to the online scheduler to reschedule.

    • In case you cannot upload the documentation or use Zoom, please email the BPS Engagement Center the day before your meeting, explaining what issues you may be having and we will get in touch with you via telephone with specific instructions and assistance.



Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Pre-registration?

  • How is residency defined?

  • How does the District verify residency?

  • Why must I bring a photo ID?

  • What if I don’t have the required proofs of residency with me when I register?

  • What if I do not pay for utilities, or if none of the utility bills are in my name?

  • Where is the Family and Community Engagement Center?

  • Can I register my child at Enoch Cobb Early Learning Center if they have not been accepted yet?

  • What if I have recently moved and do not yet have documents I can use?

  • What if I am over 18 and no longer live with my parents?

  • How are annual updates handled?

  • What if I live with a friend or relative?

  • What if my family does not have a permanent residence?

  • What if the student is in foster care?

  • Is residency fraud a violation of Massachusetts state law?

  • Will documents that I submit to prove residency remain confidential?

  • Which elementary school do I register my child for?

  • We are moving to Barnstable from outside the United States, do I need anything additional?

  • How do I register my child for the Barnstable Community Innovation School?

  • My child completed Kindergarten in a different school, but will not be 6 yrs old by Sept. 1?

  • How do I re-instate my childs enrollment in Barnstable?

  • We moved to another address in Barnstable after registering, what should we do?

  • How is grade placement determined?

  • Where does the pre-registration appointment take place?