Exam Schools

  • The Boston Public Schools (BPS) has three exam schools: Boston Latin Academy, Boston Latin School and the John D. O'Bryant School of Mathematics and Science. All three schools accept new students for grades 7 and 9. The O’Bryant School also accepts a limited number of new students for grade 10. 

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    ***November 18, 2017 was the final day to take the ISEE for the BPS exam schools for September 2018. The next administration of the Boston Public Schools exam school test will be in November 2018. For students who took the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) in Fall 2017, the remaining steps are below:

    1. Submit Choices and 2nd Quarter Grades - January

    Candidate Release Forms are distributed in early January 2018 for the collection of student grades and to rank exam school choices. If rankings were submitted online in September, they can be adjusted in January.

    2. Notification - March 

    Admission decisions will be sent to families in mid-March to the address and parent email address on file. Admission decisions are final and the exam schools do not have wait lists. BPS does not offer an appeal process since admission is strictly based on student academic performance.

    Criteria for admission: The admission score is determined by equally weighting the ISEE score and Grade Point Average (GPA) — each counts for 50%.

    • Each section of the ISEE is equally weighted.

    • The GPA is based on grades or marks in ELA/English and Mathematics from the previous school year (grade 5 or 7) and from the first two marking periods of the current year. Each grade/mark is considered equally.

    • For students with grade 5 academic records from the Boston Public Schools, the Spring term marks will be used to calculate the GPA.

    • For students applying to grade 10 at the John O’Bryant School, only the current year marks will be considered.