Students may apply for grades seven, eight or nine for the upcoming school year. All applicants must have successfully completed (or be reasonably expected to complete) the grade preceding the grade for which s/he seeks admission. If an applicant seeks to skip a grade or repeat a grade and therefore alter which grade they are applying for at Parker, confirmation of the student’s eligibility to skip or repeat this same grade at their current school must be presented. Students who are not enrolled in traditionally graded schools must provide documentation of equivalent educational experience.
Siblings of enrolled Parker students who attend the school at the time an offer of admission is made are given first preference, according to state law, and will be offered enrollment preference in the school ahead of all other students in the lottery. If more siblings apply to the school in any given year than there are open seats available, a sibling lottery will be drawn prior to the general lottery for regional applicants. As defined by Massachusetts statutes, a sibling must share a common biological or legal parent with an actively enrolled student to receive the sibling preference. Proof of sibling status under this legal definition is required upon offer of admission. Siblings who are concurrently applying to the school do not receive preference, and an offer of admission does not give sibling preference to other siblings on the waitlist. The sibling preference is activated for enrolled students, not for admitted students. Therefore, the sibling preference is activated on the first day of attendance at Parker by an admitted student.
The Parker School is a regional school, and second preference is given to applicants who reside in one of the Massachusetts school districts in the Parker region (Acton-Boxborough, Ashburnham-Westminster, Athol-Royalston, Ayer, Bedford, Berlin-Boylston, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Clinton, Concord, Concord-Carlisle, Fitchburg, Gardner, Grafton, Groton-Dunstable, Harvard, Hudson, Leominster, Lincoln, Lincoln-Sudbury, Littleton, Lowell, Lunenburg, Marlborough, Maynard, Narragansett, Nashoba, Newton, Northboro-Southboro, North Middlesex, Orange, Oxford, Princeton, Quabbin, Ralph C. Mahar, Shirley, Shrewsbury, Southborough, Sudbury, Tyngsborough, Wachusett, Wayland, Westborough, Westford, Westminster, Weston, Winchendon, and Worcester). Students who reside in Massachusetts but outside the Parker region may also apply, but are placed in a separate lottery pool which is drawn after all the names of siblings and students who reside in the region, thereby receiving third preference in admissions.
All applicants may be required to provide proof of residency (in the form of a utility bill, tax bill, signed lease or other relevant, valid document); proof of residency requirements may be waived for students who are homeless. Applications from students who do not meet these eligibility criteria will be returned to the parent/guardian who filed the application, along with an explanation for the return.