Chickering School
New Student Registration

At Chickering we value each child who joins our community and welcome each family that comes to Dover. We are dedicated to excellence in education and we partner with parents to create a happy and successful school experience.

We look forward to meeting families and to the many opportunities to build an ongoing partnership for learning.

Please read through our FAQ below before beginning the registration process. 

Use the following links for information regarding Bus Transportationand Food Service. 

We look forward to welcoming you and your child to Chickering School!



What information will I need to register my child?

Please gather the information below prior to starting the registration process.

  • Parent/guardian phone numbers including home, cell, and work numbers
  • Parent/guardian e-mail addresses
  • At least two alternate emergency contacts, including names and phone numbers
  • Physician's name, address, and phone number
  • Dentist's name, address, and phone number
  • Student medical information

Once I submit the packet, will the registration process be complete?

If you elected to upload the required documents with your form, then yes!. Otherwise you will need to bring the following required documents to Chickering School between 7:15am and 3:00pm. For incoming kindergarten students, these are due prior to March 31st.

  • Birth certificate for your child
  • Physical exam report with immunization history for your child
  • Proof of vision screening from student’s pediatrician
  • Proof of Lead Screening (for entering kindergarteners)
  • Previous school records (if applicable)
  • Third Party Release Form (only applicable to students entering grades 1-5). This is linked at the end of the registration form.
  • Proof of residency for new residents only (utility bill or P&S)

Forms can be mailed to:

Chickering School 
29 Cross Street
Dover, MA 02030




I may need after-school care. How do I receive information on the DEDA extended day program?

For more information about the Dover Extended Day Program (DEDA), please visit the DEDA page.

Please use the following links for information regarding Bus Transportation and Food Service.


Is my child eligible for kindergarten?

To be eligible to attend kindergarten starting new school year, your child must be five years old on or before September 1st.

What type of kindergarten program does the town of Dover offer?

Dover Public Schools has a full-day, free kindergarten program.

What are the hours of the kindergarten program?

Hours match those of grades 1-5: 7:35-2:15Some Wednesdays are Early Release days to allow for Professional Development for Educators, and those days are 7:35-11:15 for students. Early Release days are marked on the district calendar, available on the district and Chickering websites.

My child currently has an Individualized Education Program (IEP) in preschool. Will s/he automatically receive an IEP in kindergarten?

YesThe IEP carries over to Chickering School and services will continue.

Are there any other important dates I need to know about?

Families are contacted individually for orientation and screening dates.


Parents of incoming kindergarten students are invited to attend a presentation by the kindergarten teachers, school nurse, PTO co-presidentsafter-school program director, Spanish teacher, guidance counselor, assistant principal, and principal. A slideshow will demonstrate a typical day in kindergarten and teachers will discuss curriculum and learning opportunities. Readiness skills and ways to support your incoming kindergarten student will also be shared, and there will be an opportunity to visit the classrooms and ask questions.

The Dover Sherborn Public Schools do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex/gender, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or homelessness.

  • Chickering Elementary School
  • 29 Cross Street, Dover, MA 02030
  • Phone (508) 785-0480
  • Fax (508) 785-9748
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