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 in school.

The following documents are required for registration:

  1. Child's original birth certificate (with raised seal). If you cannot provide the original birth certificate, BPS accepts a passport, or Form I-94. You will need to complete a BPS Parent Affidavit if you submit one of these alternatives. Students who were previously in BPS may provide their BPS student number instead.
  2. Child's up-to-date immunization record. Click for a chart of required immunizations for 2015-16 and 2016-17. Contact BPS Health Services, 617-635-6788 if you have questions.
  3. Parent/Guardian photo identification.
Plus two of the following:
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 are: Departments of Revenue (DOR), Children and Family Services (DCF), Transitional Assistance (DTA), Youth Services (DYS), Social Security, and any communications on Commonwealth of Massachusetts letterhead

Families registering for school should bring at least five documents to the Welcome Center:

  1. Child's original birth certificate (or, if necessary, passport or I-94)
  2. Child's up-to-date immunization record
  3. Parent/guardian photo ID
  4. First proof of Boston residency as outlined above
  5. Second proof of Boston residency - may not be from the same bullet as the first

CHECKLIST: Required Documents for Registration

A list of documents families must bring to a BPS Welcome Center to complete school registration, including residency and immunization information by grade level
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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 the student needs further language assessment at our Newcomer Assessment and Counseling Center (NACC) before we can complete 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.