Middle School Pathways

  • If your child is in fifth grade, it is time to begin thinking about your sixth-grade options for next year. For incoming sixth-graders, the Home-Based Plan provides predictability for families as they grow with Boston Public Schools. For general education students, every elementary school is connected to a middle or K-8 school as a 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.


    What does this mean for you?

    In January, you will receive a letter from your school 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 should visit a Welcome Center by February 3, 2017.

    To see your choice list, including locations, schedules and other information, visit www.discoverbps.org. You can also contact one of our Welcome Centers for assistance.

    Looking for support for a successful transition? Read our middle school readiness guides for students and parents. We also have resources to help your student get ready for middle school. Visit bpsfamilies.org to download our BPS Family Guides to Learning, 6th grade edition. 

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