What You Will Need to Register
Once you have decided on your school choices, you'll need to visit a BPS Welcome Center to complete your registration. There, you will list your school choices and we will verify your Boston residency and your child's immunization records. We will also conduct an initial language screening, which will help us make sure your child receives the right services once they start school.
The following documents are required for registration:

All of these:
  1. Child’s original birth certificate (with raised seal). If you cannot provide the original birth certificate, a passport, or Form I-94 is acceptable. Use of alternatives requires completion of a BPS Parent Affidavit. Students who were previously in BPS may provide their BPS student number instead.
  2. Child's up-to-date immunization. Click for a chart required immunizations. Contact BPS Health Services, 617-635-6788 if you have questions.
  3. Parent/Guardian photo identification
Two of these:
Documents must be pre-printed with the name and current address of the student's parent/guardian (or the student if 18 years of age or older). Items may not be from the same bullet.
  • A Utility Bill (not water or cell phone) dated within the past 60 days
  • A current lease, Section 8 Agreement, or BPS Landlord Affidavit
  • A Deed, Mortgage Payment dated within the past 60 days, or property tax bill dated within the past year. Deeds may be downloaded from www.suffolkdeeds.com
  • A W2 form dated within the year or a Payroll Stub dated within the past 60 days 
  • A Bank or Credit Card Statement dated within the past 60 days. For online bill payment, a printout of the statement may also be acceptable, if it includes the parent/guardian name, home address and date
  • A Letter from an Approved Government Agency* dated within the past 60 days. Approved government agencies: Departments of Revenue (DOR), Children and Family Services (DCF), Transitional Assistance (DTA), Youth Services (DYS), Social Security, any communications on Commonwealth of Massachusetts letterhead
At a minimum, families registering for school should bring five documents to the Family Resource Center:
  • Child's original birth certificate (if necessary, passport or I-94)
  • Child's up-to-date immunization record
  • Parent/Guardian photo ID
  • First proof of Boston residency as outlined above
  • Second proof of Boston residency - may not be from the same bullet as the first
A list of documents families must bring to a BPS Welcome Center to complete school registration, including residency and immunization information by grade level
Home language survey and testing

As a regular part of registration, the parent/guardian(s) will fill out the Home Language Survey, a questionnaire on the languages spoken and heard by the student at home and among family and friends.

The results of the Home Language Survey may indicate that further language assessment at our Newcomer Assessment and Counseling Center (NACC) is needed prior to the completion of registration. The results of the assessment may qualify children for educational programs that benefit English language learners. Staff at the NACC will consult with parents about the assessment and any services or programs they recommend.
If an assessment is needed, the Welcome Center staff administering your case will make an appointment for your child with NACC. Applicants who participate in the language assessment at the Newcomer Assessment and Counseling Center are able to complete their registration during their visit there and will not have to return to a Welcome Center.

Welcome Centers

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(617) 635-8015 
Campbell Resource Center
1216 Dorchester Ave.
Dorchester, 02125
(next to Burger King) 
Help in Cape Verdean creole, English, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish and Vietnamese


(617) 635-9010
Bruce C. Bolling Building (Dudley Sq.)
2300 Washington St. 2nd floor, Roxbury, 02119
Help in Cantonese, English, Haitian creole, Mandarin and Spanish 


(617) 635-8040
Jennie Barron Bldg.
515 Hyde Park Ave.
Roslindale, 02131
(near Cummins Hwy.)
Help in Cape Verdean creole, English, French, Haitian creole, Portuguese and Spanish 

East Boston (Mondays and Tuesdays, starting August 25)

(617) 635-9597
Mario Umana Academy
312 Border St.
East Boston, 02128
Help in English and Spanish 

Mattapan (Thursdays and Fridays)

(617) 635-9596
Mildred Ave K-8, Rear Entrance
5 Mildred Avenue
Help in English, Haitian, Cape Verdean Creole and Spanish


Dorchester, Roslindale and Roxbury Welcome Centers are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30am-5pm and Wednesdays Noon-7pm.
The East Boston Welcome Center is open only on Mondays and Tuesdays from 8:30am-5pm except in January and late August, when it is also open on Wednesdays 12-7pm. 
The Mattapan Welcome Center typically open on Thursdays and Fridays from 8:30am-5pm, is temporarily closed.