Following guidance from our school superintendents, all schools in the Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence Counties are closed until at least 20 April 2020. However, we will still accept new enrollment paperwork provided it is mailed to our offices. We will not accept any walk-ins while we are closed even if staff is in the building!

For your convenience, we’ve made all of our enrollment paperwork available online. You will need Acrobat Reader to view the packets – get it free here. To help save paper, our packets are designed to be printed two-sided. If you are unable to view or print the paperwork, you can also stop by our office to pick up a printed packet.


If your child will be attending Benchmark as a new student in the current 2019-2020 or upcoming 2020-2021 school year, including the Summer Program, as either a typically developing OR a special needs student, please complete this Enrollment Packet. Please carefully read and complete all pages and submit your completed packet, along with all required documentation, by postal mail or in person.

NOTE: This is NOT the enrollment paperwork for the Universal Pre-K program in the Watertown or Carthage Central School Districts! Please scroll down to see those.


A new enrollment agreement must be completed every time there is a change in your child’s services or schedule. For example: changing from the 3-hour program to the 5-hour program or changing from 2 days a week to 5 days a week.


Benchmark Family Services administers Universal Pre-K programs in the Watertown and Carthage Central School districts. Enrollment is based on your place of residence and runs through the school district.

  • Watertown City School District
    Watertown offers Universal Pre-K programs on a full-time (5 hour) basis for 3-year-old and 4-year-old students at Ohio Street Elementary, Knickerbocker Elementary, and the Learning Center (formerly the Armory), or on a part-time (3 hour) basis for 4-year-old students at Benchmark Family Services.

    To enroll, you must first enroll with the Watertown City School District. AFTER your child has been accepted into the program, please complete the enrollment packet and return it to Benchmark (NOT the School District) along with all required documentation. Packets must be returned by MAIL only at this time.

    The Watertown City School District does NOT provide bus transportation to students, but free or reduced rate school lunches are available to qualifying students in some locations.

  • Carthage Central School District
    The Carthage Central School District offers Universal Pre-K programs on a full-time (5-hour) basis to 4-year-old students at the Black River, Carthage, and West Carthage Elementary Schools.

    Carthage enrollments are based on a lottery system, NOT a first-come, first-served system. Our third Open Enrollment period for Carthage runs 8 July to 29 July and all applications must be received within this period to be considered.To enroll, you must download the enrollment packet from the School District website, and return the completed packet to Benchmark (NOT the School District) along with all required documentation. Packets must be returned by MAIL at this time.

    The Carthage Central School District provides bus transportation for all students who are 4 years old on their start date. (NOTE: Students who are still 3 years old at the beginning of the school year will have to be transported by their parents.) Free or reduced-rate lunches are available to qualifying students.


It is important for schools to have up-to-date contact information for a child’s family or guardian and emergency contacts. If you move, change your phone number, or need to add or remove someone from your emergency contact list, please complete a new emergency contact form and bring it to the school as soon as possible.