Middle School Pathways
For general education students, a number of our elementary schools are connected to a middle or K-8 school as a guaranteed pathway. You can choose whether to take advantage of this guaranteed seat or explore your other school options from your Home-Based list to find the best fit for your child.
In January, fifth-grade families at elementary schools that end in grade 5 will receive a school choice form as well as a letter that lists your pathway school. If you are happy with your pathway school, you do not need to do anything. We will assign your child there. If you want to select another school, you can complete the choice form or visit a Welcome Center and we will consider those choices when assigning you to your school for next year. Students in other grades that have a guaranteed pathway will receive their choice forms and pathway letters in mid-February.
Please note that previously there were many more elementary schools that had a guaranteed pathway to a middle school or K-8 school. As part of the district's Build BPS initiative, many of our K-5 elementary schools have become K-6 schools. And a number of the stand-alone middle schools serving grades 6-8 have closed. As a result, many of these guaranteed pathways no longer exist as students are able to remain in the same school for the 5th to 6th grade transition instead of needing to move to a new school at that time.
We have not created guaranteed pathways for students entering grade 7 that are exiting from a K-6 school. These students will receive a school choice form and will be able to make new school choices, but will not receive a guaranteed pathway to a specific school. This is in line with Boston Public Schools' move towards a K-6 / 7-12 and K-8 / 9-12 model for our schools.
To see your full school choice list, including locations, schedules, and other information, visit www.discoverbps.org. You can also contact one of our Welcome Centers for assistance.
Guaranteed Pathways for the 2023-2024 School Year
Sending School Exit Grade Guaranteed Pathway School Dudley Street Neighborhood School 5 Dearborn 6-12 STEM Academy Mason Elementary 5 Dearborn 6-12 STEM Academy Baldwin Early Learning Pilot Academy 1 Edison K-8 School Mather Elementary 5 Frederick Pilot Middle School UP Academy Holland 5 Frederick Pilot Middle School Higginson K-2 2 Higginson-Lewis 3-8 Lyon K-8 School 8 Lyon High School Ellison/Parks Early Education School 3 Mildred Avenue K-8 School Beethoven Elementary 2 Ohrenberger School Quincy Elementary 5 Quincy Upper School Lee Academy 3 Young Achievers K-8 School
Please Note: If your child requires a special education inclusion or substantially-separate setting, their guaranteed pathway school may be different than the one listed in the above table. Please contact the Office of Special Education at 617-635-8599 to find out the guaranteed pathway for your child based on their specific program.