Admission FAQ

The Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School is a public K- 8 school and is open to children from any Massachusetts town, on a space available basis. Priority is given to siblings of current students and residents of Hampshire and Franklin counties. No tuition or application fee is required. Hilltown does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, age, ancestry, athletic performance, special need, proficiency in the English language, or academic achievement. Once a student is enrolled at Hilltown s/he has a secure space for subsequent years. School meetings orient families to the cooperative structure of the school and help welcome them into the school community.

Tours of the school are available by appointment starting in November and an Open House is held every January.

How do I apply?
The application is an online form where you enter information about you and your child. For multi-household families, the application allows you to enter as many adults as is necessary. Click here to access the current admissions application.

Are there residency requirements?
The school is open to Massachusetts residents only. Preference is given to residents of Hampshire and Franklin Counties.

Are there age requirements?
Kindergarten applicants must turn five years old by September 1, 2018. For grades above Kindergarten, applicants should apply for the grade above their current grade. If you are interested in retaining your child in their current grade, please contact Dan Klatz, Director of Administration, before submitting your application.

Is there school transportation?
The school does not provide transportation. However, residents of Easthampton who meet the busing requirements of the Easthampton Public Schools are eligible for bus service. There may be fees associated with the service. PVTA has a route that picks up students at 3:05 PM and drops them off at the Academy of Music in Northampton. Normal PVTA fees apply.

What is the admission lottery?
On February 8, 2018 at 9:00 AM, every applicant is randomly assigned a number. The randomization is done by Rediker Software of Hampden, MA. Students are then sorted by grade.

Is there any preference given in the lottery?

Numbers on the waiting list are determined by the following priorities: students who are siblings of students currently enrolled in the school; residents of Hampshire and Franklin Counties; lottery number.

I applied last year—do I need to apply again?
Yes, you must submit a new application every year.

What if my contact information changes after I apply?
It is important that you contact the school with updated contact information should any of the information on your application change. Please call 413-529-7178, ext. 110 and speak with Monique Bourgeois to update this information.