School Choice & Registration

Promotes School Choice Season to perspective families throughout Boston neighborhoods, child care centers, community agencies, fairs and events.

Programs & Initiatives


Citywide School Preview

Offers families an opportunity to meet principals, teachers and parents, tour and ask questions to learn about prospective k-8 school offerings before registering in January. Contact: Welcome Services, Robert Havdala, 617-635-9085,

Countdown to Kindergarten Transition Activities

Provides Boston families with information, activities and events (registration guides, K-days, Countdown Celebration) that support the transition into kindergarten. Contact: Countdown, Sonia Gómez-Banrey, 617-635-6816,

High School Showcase

Provides families of prospective students an opportunity to learn about high school choices and meet and speak with school staff. Contact: Welcome Services, Robert Havdala, 617-635-9085,

Information Sessions

Informs families about the BPS registration process and how to choose schools and enroll. Contact: Welcome Services, Robert Havdala, 617-635-9085,, or Countdown, Sonia Gomez- Banrey, 617-635-6816,

Welcome Sessions

OOE assist schools in creating a strong start to a home-school partnership with an engaging Welcome Session. Schools greet new families, engage parents and put children at ease about their upcoming transition. Contact: Countdown, Sonia Gomez-Banrey, 617-635-6816, or Welcome Services, Robert Havdala, 617-635-9085,

Contact Us

Welcome Services

Robert Havdala, Sr. Director
Sonia Gómez-Banrey, Director
Countdown to Kindergarten