Wait Lists

  • If there is no space available in a program, students are added to a wait list. Wait list positions are based on priority, round registered, and lottery number. We cannot guarantee that seats will become available and students will move off of a wait list.

     

    This School Year (September 2017 - June 2018)


    Grades K0, K1, and K2:
    If a seat becomes available after the final registration round and before the end of January 2018, Boston Public Schools will call the first family on the waitlist and provide 24 hours to accept or decline the seat.

    Wait lists for grades K0-K2 will expire at the end of January.

    Grades 1 - 12:
    If a seat becomes available after the final registration round and before the end of November 2017, Boston Public Schools will call the first family on the waitlist and provide 24 hours to accept or decline the seat.

    Wait lists for grades 1-12 will expire at the end of November.
     

    Next School Year (September 2018 - June 2019)

     

    Students Registered Before March 23, 2018

    • Families who do not receive their first choice will be added to wait lists for all the schools they ranked on their choice list.
    • Wait lists will be processed automatically as seats become available. This will allow students to move into their higher ranked schools..
    • Wait lists will expire at the end of November 2018 for grades 1-12, and at the end of January 2019 for grades K0-K2.
    • You can visit or call a Welcome Center to learn of your child’s rank on the wait list. If we do not have an accurate phone number and/or email address, we will not be able to contact your family.

     

    Students Registered After March 23, 2018

    • Families who do not receive their highest ranked school will be able to be on one wait list, the highest ranked school, if there is no space
    • Wait lists will be processed automatically as seats become available. This will allow students to move into their higher ranked schools.
    • Wait lists will expire at the end of November 2018 for grades 1-12, and at the end of January 2019 for grades K0-K2.
    • You can visit or call a Welcome Center to learn of your child’s rank on the wait list. If we do not have an accurate phone number and/or email address, we will not be able to contact your family.

     

    *Please note that a student's position on a wait list is not guaranteed and is subject to change. Students may move up or down on a wait list at any time. For student privacy, BPS is not able to provide specific reasons why a student moved up or down on a wait list. However, these reasons may include (but are not limited to): siblings who were not previously linked, a student changing programs, and a family re-activating a former wait list.