Research and Pre-Register
BPS offers families a variety of information on our schools and registration process online, in-person, and in-print. On this page, we gather all the resources we offer to aid you in your registration process.
www.DiscoverBPS.org will ask you for your address and grade level to produce a customized list of schools based on your home address. It will also take into account (if applicable) the BPS school your child's sibling currently attends in its display of your school choices. Users can sort their list of school choices by eligibility, transportation, distance from home, and more. This online tool offers more school information and ways to organize school choices by providing a map view, school profiles, walk and drive time estimates, and sorting functions for school features.
High School Showcase
Citywide High School Showcase 9-12
Thursday, December 5
6:00 - 8:00 PM at Madison Park High School
Showcase In Our Schools for K-8
Saturday, November 16, from 9:00AM - 1:00PM in all of our schools
School Preview Activities
Starting in December, BPS will be hosting school preview opportunities
in EVERY school on the same date and time! Be sure to use this time to visit the schools of your choice to see if it's a good fit for your student2013 - 2014 School Preview Dates for All Schools:
|Tuesday||December 3, 2013||5:30 - 7:00 PM|
|Wednesday||December 11, 2013||10:00 - 11:30 AM|
|Thursday||December 19, 2013||7:00 - 8:30 AM|
|Tuesday||January 7, 2014||10:00 - 11:30 AM|
BPS School Listings
Each school in BPS has a listing page on the BPS website which lists essential information: a school's address, contact information, programmatic and facility highlights, grade levels, school hours, and displays a small photo gallery. From this page, or its page on www.discoverbps.org, you can print a school profile.
BPS Registration Process: Step-by-Step
The Office of Welcome Services offers a detailed, step-by-step guide to registration for new to BPS families as well as instructions for currently enrolled BPS families seeking a new BPS school.
To learn more about the Home Based Assignment Plan, attend one of our 24 information sessions being held in November and December.
Your School Choice Options
November to January is School Choice Season for BPS.
The Office of Welcome Services coordinates with every school in the district to offer an array of opportunities for families to visit schools, take tours, and interact with current administrators, faculty, and students.
The following documents are available to assist families with the school choice process. Many are in PDF format, which requires the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to be installed on your computer.
Countdown to Kindergarten Registration Guide, detailed information for K0-K2 families
K0 School Demand Report for Round1_2013-2014
K1 School Demand Report for Round1_2013-2014
K2 School Demand Report for Round1_2013-2014
"Ready, Set, Go" - School Choice step-by-step, a chronological checklist for registration
BPS Residency Policy
In July 2011, the Boston School Committee voted to adopt a new "two document proof" process. This supercedes any residency or registration information dated prior to July 2011.
BPSExpress is our online pre-registration site for families to electronically send standard information to the BPS Welcome Centers before their visit. BPSExpress opens in Mid-December.
Why use BPSExpress?
- Families can complete application form(s) and make school choices on-line in advance
- Filling out forms electronically reduces errors and saves time
- BPSExpress users access a separate line at the Welcome Center during peak registration times
BPSExpress is only pre-registration. Families still need to visit a Welcome Center with their required documents in order to complete registration. At the end of online pre-registration, BPSExpress provides a printable summary with a receipt number. Please bring this summary with you to the Welcome Center.
Click here to see a sample packet of BPS Registration forms.
Visit the "Welcome" pages of this site for translations of many of these publications in the following languages: Cape Verdean Creole, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese.