Please note:

  • 2/2021 – We are not yet accepting any applications for the 2021-2022 school year beginning in September.
    • Carthage applications will be accepted beginning 1 March, when new packets are added to the Carthage Central School District website. Applications using the old packet will not be accepted.

  • Due to COVID-19, our business office is not open to the public, including parents or guardians. If you are dropping off paperwork, please leave it in an envelope in the mailbox at the front of our building. Please note that we do not accept any applications via fax or email.

  • You are responsible for making copies of any original documents, such as birth certificates and physical exams. If you submit originals to our office, they will not be returned to you.

Watertown City School District

Benchmark offers Pre-K programs through the Watertown City School District for 3-year-old and 4-year-old students. Our classrooms are located at Ohio Street Elementary and Knickerbocker Elementary and follow the Watertown City School District calendar. Students attend in person, 5 days each week for 5 hours each day, unless the District is currently on remote instruction due to COVID.

Enrollment in this program is a two-step process:

  1. Enroll with the Watertown City School District.
  2. Once the district has accepted your child into the program, we will mail or email (if an email address was provided to the District) the Benchmark enrollment packet. Please complete this packet and return it to Benchmark along with all required documentation.

Carthage Central School District

Benchmark offers Pre-K programs through the Carthage Central School District for 4-year-old students. Our classrooms are located at Black River, Carthage, and West Carthage Elementary Schools and follow the Carthage Central School District calendar. Students attend in person 2 days a week and virtual 1 day per week. Students are placed in either Cohort A (Monday-Wednesday) or Cohort B (Wednesday-Friday).

To enroll, download and complete the enrollment packet and supplemental forms from the School District website, then return the completed packet to Benchmark along with all required documentation.