(603) 458-6399
419 South Broadway
Salem, NH 03079

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How to Enroll & Apply

The Birches is currently accepting Kindergarten applications.   There will be a lottery for Kindergarten spots on January 31st at 3:30pm here at The Birches Academy.  All other grade applications are added to our waitlist. Please fill out the online application (link at the bottom of this page) for each student you wish to enter into the lottery or waitlist.

Our Kindergarten program is a 1/2 day free program with an option to pay for full day. The 1/2 day program will run from 8:40-11:40, with drop off starting at 8:25. Full day students will be dismissed at 2:50pm.The paid program will contain most of our specials of art, music and PE. The cost for the full day program will be $3900 (10 payments of $390 August through May). Our Early Bird and Night Owl Program is available from 7:30am-8:25am and 2:50-5:30pm for a fee. If you live in Salem there will be no midday bus service available- only morning and afternoon.

How do I enroll my children at Birches Academy?

gThe Birches Academy of Academics & Art is a public school for students in grades K-8. You can find a wealth of information here on our website or e-mail us with additional questions at information@birchesacademy.org. The link to enroll is at the bottom of this page.  All families enrolling in The Birches must attend a spotlight tour before enrolling.  You can check out the dates for upcoming tours under the “Tour our school” page.

No Tuition: Like other public schools, The Birches Academy of Academics & Art, A Public Charter School is free for students who are New Hampshire residents. Residence is defined as the place where a student eats morning and evening meals, sleeps during the week and where their clothes are kept. A Residency Affidavit form will be required prior to final confirmation of enrollment.

Siblings:  The Birches Academy strives to keep families together.  If a child becomes a student then the siblings of that child can be placed on the Sibling Wait List.  When a spot opens, we pull from the Sibling Wait List first.  Siblings of alumni may remain or be added to the Sibling Wait List as long as the alumni graduated from 8th grade here at The Birches Academy.

Out of State Students: Each out-of-state student who attends will pay tuition of $8000.

Kindergarten Lottery Guidelines:

  1. Children of employees: All children of founding members and employees of The Birches Academy who have completed applications by the deadline will be placed, prior to holding the lottery. (If there are more such students than there are places, a “staff lottery” will be held. These students’ names will be drawn and be placed on the waiting list in the order in which they are drawn. If a space becomes available, but the student does not meet the 10% rule, their name will remain on the wait list and the next eligible student will be accepted.)
  2. Siblings of Currently Enrolled Students or Alumni. In the second and subsequent years, siblings of currently enrolled students, who have completed applications during the enrollment period, will be placed prior to the lottery.(If there are more such students than there are places, a “sibling lottery” will be held. These students’ names will be drawn and be placed on the waiting list in the order in which they are drawn.
  3. Applicants: All names of remaining students who have submitted completed applications will be placed into a lottery.
  4. Drawing: As each name is drawn, the student will be admitted or placed on the waiting list, according to the criteria outlined above.
  5. Admitted Students: If a student meets the criteria outlined above, he or she is conditionally admitted to The Birches Academy. An acceptance package will be mailed.
  6. Siblings of admitted students: When a student is admitted, their siblings’ names are automatically drawn. If there is space, the siblings are admitted as well. If more sibling apply then space is available, we will hold a “Sibling Lottery” to determine who will be enrolled for the school year.
  7. Wait Listed Students: If there is no longer space available, the student will be placed on the wait list in the order that his or her name was drawn. If an opening occurs in a given grade, students on the wait list will be contacted according to their order on the wait list. Students on wait list who opt out of enrolling when space is available automatically surrender their spot on the list.
  8. Application Received After Lottery Deadline. If a student’s application is received after the lottery, they will be placed on the waitlist and admitted when there is a space available.
  9. Students with Individual Education Plans: Parents of students who are on IEPs that are selected in the lottery will be conditional accepted pending a meeting with the sending school district, Birches Academy and themselves to determine if Birches Academy is the right placement for the child.
  10. Entrance Age Policy: A pupil may enter Kindergarten if his or her chronological age will be five on, or before, September 30th of the year of entering school. A birth certificate must be presented with the Application Packet.


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The Birches Academy of Academics & Art

(603) 458-6399
419 South Broadway
Salem, NH 03079

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