Please note that our enrollment lottery originally scheduled for Friday 2/10/2017 has been postponed due to unpredictable weather conditions. The lottery has been tentatively rescheduled for Tuesday 2/14/17 at 12:30 PM in the High School Concert Hall.

1/27/2017 -Please note that we are no longer accepting applications for 2017-18. Applications were available from October 17, 2016-January 27, 2017.
Our Enrollment Lottery will be on February 14, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. at the High School Concert Hall- 6 New Bond St, Worcester, MA. Attendance is not required. All applicants will receive an email notice of their placement on the waitlist.
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Enrollment for the 2017‑2018 School Year

Seat Availability 2017-2018 

  • Kindergarten: There are 65 seats available for Residents
    • Accepted Kindergarten applicants will receive an email with additional information.
    • Waitlisted Kindergarten applicants will receive an email with their waitlist number.
  • Grades 1-6: There are no open seats for grades 1-6. All applicants for these grades will be placed on the waitlist. 
  • Waitlist applicants will be notified if a seat becomes available. This is determined by your waitlist number.

If you have any questions regarding enrollment, please contact the Admissions Office 508-854-8400 x3644 or send an email to


Enrollment Overview 

Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School accepts applications for students entering Kindergarten through Grade 6. The school does not enroll new students in Grades 7-12. Students entering Kindergarten must be 5 by August 31.

Enrollment Preference

Enrollment preference is given to siblings of currently enrolled students and students residing in the towns designated in the charter: Auburn, Holden, Leicester, Millbury, Oxford, Shrewsbury, Sutton, West Boylston and Worcester. Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School is open to all Massachusetts residents. Applicants are required to submit reasonable proof of residency at the time of admission. Our lottery is typically held in February.

Enrollment Process

Each year, we determine the number of seats available for new students based on the number of returning students and the cap for each respective grade level. Applications are available on the school website or at the school. Public notice of all application deadlines is given at least one month in advance. Applications for enrollment are available October through January annually. If the school receives more applications than seats available a public enrollment lottery is held.

After the application deadline passes, all applications are divided into three categories; Siblings, Residents and Non-Residents. 603 CMR 1.06(4)   A separate public enrollment lottery is held for each applicant category (Sibling, Resident and Non-Resident).  An impartial person will administer the lottery.  Siblings will be offered admissions first, residents second and finally non residents, in the order the names were drawn in the lottery. Students not selected in the lottery for enrollment will be placed on the waitlist for each category (sibling, resident and non-resident) in the order the names were selected.

Wait  List Policy

Abby Kelley Foster will maintain a waitlist by grade and enrollment category (sibling, resident and non-resident) annually.  Applicants will remain on the waitlist for the year in which the student applied for admission. Applicants who are not offered a seat during the school year are required to reapply during the next open enrollment period.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to reapply if applied the previous school year?

YES, all applicants will need to reapply annually.

My child is under the age of 5, can I submit an application for enrollment?

No, your child must be 5 by August 31 in order to apply for Kindergarten.

What does sibling preference mean?

Siblings of currently enrolled students applying receive enrollment preference.  Siblings are children who share a common biological or legal parent.

How can I check my wait list number?

Please complete the attached form and return it to the school office. Due to the high volume of phone calls the school receives, requests for wait list updates should be submitted to