Atrium School

Excellence with Joy

Frequently Asked Questions


What grades does the school serve?

PreK (age 4) through Grade 8

How old does my child need to be for PreK or Kindergarten?

A child must turn four by September 15th for PreK.

A child must turn five by September 15th for Kindergarten.

Are PreK and Kindergarten full day programs? Is there a PreK half-day option?

Our PreK and Kindergarten school day runs from 8:30am–3:00pm, with care available 7:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. for an additional fee.

What are the school hours?

The school day for PreK full-day through Grade 5 is from 8:30am–3:00pm. The school day for middle school students (Grades 6-8) is from 8:40am–3:15pm. Before school early drop off is available from 7:45am, and After-School coverage and programming is available until 5:45pm for an additional fee.

How much does After-School cost?

After-School fees upon request.

Are students admitted at every grade level?

While our primary entry points are PreK, Kindergarten, and Grade 6, students are admitted at every grade level when there is space available.

Is there a sibling policy?

Siblings of currently enrolled students may apply early and are admitted according to an early timeline. Sibling applicants must meet the same admissions criteria as non-sibling applicants.

Where do Atrium students live?

Families come from all areas of Boston and surrounding communities. This year our students are coming from the following locations:

Acton, Arlington, Belmont, Boston, Boxborough, Brighton, Brookline, Cambridge, Charlestown, Dedham, Dorchester, Holbrook, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Lexington, Lowell, Malden, Medford, Natick, Newton, Peabody, Roslindale, Roxbury, Somerville, Stoneham, Sudbury, Waban, Waltham, Watertown, Wellesley, Westborough, Winchester, Woburn

Is there transportation?

Atrium does not offer transportation options at this time. We do encourage and help to facilitate carpools.

How are parents involved at the school?

We believe in the importance of a strong connection between home and the classroom in supporting a child’s success in school. Teachers strive to nurture relationships between families and school through regular communications–both formal and informal–throughout the year.

Atrium also values parent input and participation in the life of the school. Our active PTA helps facilitate and organize parent engagement, whether it’s volunteering at the Harvest Festival or Annual Auction, or attending a class potluck or evening with an educational speaker.

Parents serve on our Board of Trustees or as parent ambassadors, help in the library, attend field trips, give tours to prospective families, and bring their own expertise into classrooms. As a school community that embraces not just its students, but each of its families, Atrium values the role that parents play in the culture of the school.