New school registrations indicate a nearly 300-student increase in Kindergarten students
New figures indicate more families are choosing the Boston Public Schools, with an eight percent increase in students requesting Kindergarten (K2) seats for this fall. This year, 289 more families requested a K2 seat during the first round of registration as compared to last year. If trends continue, next year’s BPS enrollment will be at its highest level in eight years with an enrollment of 58,271 students.
“It’s clear that our improvements to school quality are attracting more families to our city’s public schools,” said Mayor Thomas M. Menino. “Today our graduation rate is the highest it has ever been and we have brought arts, athletics, outdoor learning opportunities and extended days back to our schools. We are excited to welcome so many new families this fall.”
In addition to the enrollment increase, BPS has also made it easier for families to know earlier which school they will attend. Last year 344 incoming Kindergarten families made school choices but did not receive any of them after the first round of school registration, thereby left “unassigned.”