Exam Schools

  • Join us on Zoom in a series of community engagement opportunities for members of the public to learn more about the exam school admissions process for the 2021- 2022 school year.

    Monday
    November 23

    5:00 - 6:30 PM

     

    Languages for interpretation: Arabic, Haitian Creole, Spanish, and Vietnamese, 

     
    Recorded Session
     

    Monday
    November 30

    2:00 - 3:00 PM

    Language for interpretation: Spanish 

     

    Recorded Session

    Passcode: nnA5KS+#

     

    Friday
    December 4

    4:30 - 6:00 PM

     
    Interpretation in Arabic, Cabo Verdean, Cantonese, and Somalian.
    Zoom Link
     
    Tuesday
    December 8
     
    5:00 - 6:30 PM
     
    Interpretation in Cantonese and Mandarin.
    Zoom Link
    Wednesday
    December 9
     
    3:15 - 4:15 PM 
    Interpretation in Haitian Creole.
    Zoom Link
    Wednesday
    December 9
     
    5:30 - 7:00 PM 
    Interpretation in Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, and Portuguese. 
    Zoom Link
    Friday
    December 11
     
    5:00 - 6:30 PM 
    Interpretation in Cabo Verdean, French, Haitian Creole, and Vietnamese. 
    Zoom Link
  • Eligibility

    Students must be enrolled in grades 6, 8, or 9 and live in the City of Boston in order to apply for admission to the BPS exam schools for the school year 2021-2022.

    Due to the limited number of seats in grade 9 at two of the three exam schools, current grade 8 exam school students are not eligible to apply for admission this year.

    This year students are required to meet the minimum GPA or MCAS score requirement in order to be eligible to apply for admission:

    • Met or Exceeded Expectations in ELA and Math on the Spring 2019 MCAS or
    • Earned a B or higher average GPA in ELA and Math in the marking periods completed prior to Covid-19, specifically the first two completed marking periods (prior to March 13, 2020) will be used.  In cases where only one marking period has been completed prior to March 13, 2020, only grades from that marking period will be considered.
      • For BPS grade 7 applicants, this would be fall and winter terms of their grade 5 marks.
      • For BPS grade 9 applicants, this would be quarter 1 and quarter 2 of their grade 7 marks.
      • For BPS grade 10 applicants, this would be quarter 1 and quarter 2 of their grade 8 marks.
      • For private, parochial, and commonwealth charter school applicants,  please check with your individual school or district to determine which marks will be considered.

    How to Register

    The application process for exam schools will open on Monday, November 23, 2020, and will run until December 31, 2020.

    Current Boston Public School students are not required to complete an application or submit any information for inclusion in the eligibility pool. The district will consider all students (excluding current exam school students) that meet the minimum eligibility requirements and families will be notified of their student(s) eligibility by email and telephone. BPS students that meet the eligibility criteria and would like to be considered for an exam school invitation will need to rank their school choice preferences during the school choice process in January 2021.

    Students attending private, parochial, and commonwealth charter schools are required to complete a registration application, which will include verification of Boston residency and authorization to release the child’s grades to BPS. Parents will need to rank their school choice preferences during the residency verification process. 

    There are two ways to submit an application:

    • By computer: Pre-register here and schedule an appointment here to complete the process with a registration specialist at a later date.  Please select ’Pre-Register for BPS’ from the side menu and click the first option if you have never registered any child for Boston Public Schools, or select the second option if you already have an Aspen account.
    • By phone: Call 617-635-9010 and complete the application with one of our registration specialists.

    See our BPS Registration Document Checklist to ensure you have all the necessary documents to register for Boston Public Schools.


    Residency Verification

    Parents of students who are not currently enrolled in the Boston Public Schools are required to verify their City of Boston residency with a BPS Welcome Center as part of the application process.

    Students who must complete the Residency Verification Process include:

      • Students attending a private school
      • Students attending parochial school
      • Students attending METCO program schools
      • Students attending Commonwealth Charter schools (excludes UP Academy, Boston Green Academy, and other “in-district” BPS charter schools)
      • Students attending schools outside the City of Boston
      • Students being home-schooled must demonstrate that both the student and parent/guardian live in the city of Boston 

    As part of the verification process, parents are required to provide two Proofs of Residency that list the Boston home address, the child’s original birth certificate, the child’s immunization record, and the parent’s photo identification. 

    If the registration application process is not completed by December 31, 2020, the student will not be considered for admission to a Boston exam school.

    If the student currently attends a public school outside the City of Boston (excluding METCO program schools) we will require a letter from the respective Superintendent from that city or town stating that they are aware of Boston residency, as per our requirement, but attending their public school. The letter must be original, notarized, on school district letterhead, and must be presented in person with the BPS required residency documents during the verification period.

    Note: The residency verification must be completed even if you have other children enrolled in the Boston Public Schools; your student is receiving special education services from BPS; you are a current city employee; or if your child was previously enrolled in the BPS.

    There are two ways to submit an application:

    • By computer: Pre-register here and schedule an appointment here to complete the process with a registration specialist at a later date.  Please select ’Pre-Register for BPS’ from the side menu and click the first option if you have never registered any child for Boston Public Schools, or select the second option if you already have an Aspen account.
    • By phone: Call 617-635-9010 and complete the application with one of our registration specialists.

    A list of required documents for the registration application can be found here: BPS Registration Document Checklist


    Invitation Process

    Invitations to each of the exam schools will be allocated to students in the applicant pool using two methods.

      • The first 20% of seats at each exam school will be reserved for the top-ranking students citywide based on GPA and their first ranked school choice.
      • The remaining 80% of invitations will be distributed through 10 assignment rounds using a combination of GPA and student home zip code, and broken down as follows:
        • Each zip code in the city will be allocated a total number of exam school seats that is proportionate to the percentage of school-aged children living in that zip code. 
        • Ten percent of the allocated seats for a zipcode will be distributed in each assignment round.
        • Students in each zip code will be ranked by GPA and then invited to exam schools based on their GPA, starting with the highest GPA. Students will be invited to their highest ranked school with an available seat.
        • Zipcodes will be ordered from the lowest median family income with children under 18 to the highest median family income with children under 18 according to the American Community Survey. Students in the zip code with the lowest median family income with children under 18 will be placed followed by students from the zipcode next in order.

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