BPS has three exam schools – Boston Latin Academy, Boston Latin School and the John D. O'Bryant School of Mathematics and Science. All three accept new students for grades 7 and 9. The O’Bryant School also accepts a few new students for grade 10. Admission is based entirely on a student’s grades and test scores from the Independent Schools Entrance Exam (ISEE).
The next ISEE administration will be held on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at twelve testing locations in Boston. The BPS Independent Schools Entrance Exam (ISEE) administration consists of four subtests (essay component not included). The Middle Level test will be used for candidates entering grade 7, and the Upper Level test will be used for candidates entering grades 9 and 10. For more information about the subject areas of the exam, please visit www.iseetest.org.
2014-15 ENTRANCE EXAM INFORMATION BOOKLET
Description of the ISEE exam, registration deadlines and answers to frequently asked questions
Test Registration for November Exam
If this test d
ate does not meet your needs, you can register online with the Educational Records Bureau (ERB) for a different test date and location; however, all exam school applicants must take the test on or before November 22, 2014. Please note that ERB charges a test fee for this process. For families that are planning to apply for independent and/or private schools as well, a national test administration will allow you to send test scores to the Boston Exam Schools (code 888888) and an additional 5 ERB member schools. For more information visit the ISEE website
Boston Public Schools Residency Policy
In 2010 the Boston School Committee voted to approve the Superintendent's recommended change in the residency date for application to exam schools. The policy requires that both the student and parent/guardian reside in Boston and the residency verification process must be completed by the first Friday in November of a given year. This means that parents of students taking the test this November for admission to one of the district's three exam schools must demonstrate Boston residency in person at a BPS Welcome Center beginning October 6, but no later than Friday, November 7, 2014.
The residency requirement for the exam schools applies to students currently attending private, parochial, METCO program schools, charter schools, schools outside the City of Boston, and students being home-schooled. Please view the links below for more information about the required documents, locations and schedule.
Test Day Checklist
In order for students to enter the test center on November 8th, the following materials are required:
1. ISEE Admission Ticket
2. Student Identification
3. Residency Verification Receipt * (not applicable for current Boston Public Schools students)
4. Five sharpened No. 2 pencils and an eraser
The grade point average (GPA) is based on marks in ELA/English and Mathematics from the previous school year (grade 5 or 7) and from the first two marking periods of the current year. For students applying to grade 10 at the John O’Bryant School, only the current year marks will be considered. For students with grade 5 academic records from the Boston Public Schools, the Spring term marks will be in the GPA process.
In January of each year, all applicants will receive a Grade Point Average form through their current school or at their home address. The applicant's current school must complete the form and return it to the BPS Enrollment Planning & Support by Friday, January 30, 2015.
Special Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
For students with disabilities, arrangements may be requested to take the test with special accommodations. Requests must include a completed Principal/Headmaster statement form and supporting documentation (IEP, 504 Plan, physician’s letter detailing a health concern, or a Neuro-Psychological evaluation). The Principal/Headmaster statement must be completed by the head of the school or specialist responsible for assessing the students’ academic needs and signed by the Parent/Guardian. The deadline to request a special accommodation for the November test administration is October 3, 2014.
The ISEE will be administered by Boston Public Schools on Saturday, November 8, 2014. The deadline to register is September 26, 2014. Test registration materials will be distributed the week of September 8th through the city’s middle and high schools. If you do not receive these materials from your child’s school, you may also pick up from any branch of the Boston Public Library. Please note that walk-in registration will not be available on November 8th exam administration.
Boston Residency Checklist
Residency Verification Locations & Schedule
Families that registered for
the exam will receive an ISEE admission ticket through their current school
confirming their seat for the November 8th exam. The ticket will detail the test center
location and further instructions.
All students must present
positive identification at the test center. Examples of acceptable student
identification include a passport, green card, or School Photo ID. If the student does not have any kind of photo identification, the school
must complete a Student Identification Form.
The form is available for download below.
Student Identification Form