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    Exam Schools

     

  • For families applying for the 2022-23 school year, exam school admission decisions will be sent to families by email and mail in late April to early May, 2022.

    Boston Public Schools has three exam schools: Boston Latin AcademyBoston Latin School, and the John D. O'Bryant School of Mathematics and Science. All three schools accept new students for grades 7 and 9.  John D. O’Bryant School accepts a small number of new students in grade 10

    Current BPS grade 7 exam school students are eligible to apply for admission to a different exam school.

    ADMISSION FOR SY23-24:
    Admissions for the 2023-2024 school year will include the MAP Growth assessment and student GPA.  The test will account for 30% and students’ GPA will account for 70%.
    If you missed the registration period for the June 4th test, we encourage you to sign up for the June 11 makeup test administration online by midnight on Monday, May 30, 2022.  This will be the last test administration date for the Spring.


  • 04.29.22 Update:

    Exam School notifications for the 2022-2023 school year were sent via email on Friday, April 29th. These notifications are for students that ranked the exam schools and met the GPA requirement to apply for admissions to Boston Latin School, Boston Latin Academy, and John D. O'Bryant School. BPS will mail hard copies of these letters to families early next week. If your student is on a waitlist for exam schools, BPS will contact you if a seat becomes available. All waitlists expire on November 30, 2022.

    To confirm your seat for next year, please visit www.bostonpublicschools.org/rsvp and respond by May 16, 2022. You will need your student ID number and your RSVP code.  Both can be found on your decision letter. 

    If your student is entering 7th grade, did not receive an exam school invitation, and has already made other school choices, you will receive your assignment at the end of May.  Assignments to non-exam school choices for grade 9 were sent out at the end of March.


  • Admissions Process Info Sessions

    Students currently in grades 5, 7, and 8 and residing in the City of Boston are eligible to apply to the BPS three exam schools (Boston Latin Academy, Boston Latin School, and O'Bryant School of Math and Science). Please join us at one of these upcoming virtual events to learn about the admission process for the 2023-24 school year.

    MAP Testing Info Sessions (view the flyer here):

    • Tuesday, April 26  |  Meeting Recording & Slides

      Interpretation available in ASL, Arabic, Cabo Verdean, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese

    • Saturday, April 30  |  Meeting Recording

      Interpretation available in ASL, Arabic, Cabo Verdean, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese

     



  • SY2023-24 Application Timeline


  • Eligibility

    To be considered for SY23-24 admission to one of the city’s three exam schools, students must be currently enrolled in grades 5, 7, or 8 and live in the City of Boston.

    Families of students not currently enrolled in BPS must also verify their residency in the City of Boston between October 10, 2022 and November 18, 2022.

    BPS grade 7 students currently attending an exam school are eligible to participate in the admissions process to apply for grade 9 at a different exam school.

    Students are required to meet the minimum GPA in order to be considered for an invitation to a BPS exam school.

    • Applicants must have earned a B or higher average GPA in ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies in the first two marking quarters or first trimester/ semester from the 2022-23 school year; and ELA and Math in the last marking period of the 2021-22 school year.
      • For grade 7 applicants, this will be the first two quarters, or first trimester/semester of their grade 6 marks AND the last marking period of their grade 5 marks.
      • For grade 9 applicants, this will be the first two quarters, or the first trimester/semester of their grade 8 marks AND the last marking period of their grade 7 marks.
      • For grade 10 applicants, this will be the first two quarters, or the first trimester/semester of their grade 9 marks AND the last marking period of their grade 8 marks.

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  • Test Registration

    The Spring 2022 test administration is ONLY for students currently enrolled in grade 5, grade 7, or grade 8. If you missed the registration period for the June 4th test, we encourage you to sign up for the June 11 makeup test administration online by midnight on Monday, May 30, 2022.  This will be the last test administration date for the Spring.

    View the flyer for Spring 2022's admission test administration here

    5th and 7th grade applicants currently attending Boston Public Schools:

    Current BPS students in grades 5 and 7 are not required to register for the admissions test.  Students will participate in a two-day test at their current school as part of their normal school day on Wednesday, June 8 (ELA) and Thursday, June 9, 2022 (Math).

    8th grade applicants attending Boston Public Schools

    8th grade students attending Boston Public Schools interested in applying for 10th grade at the John D. O’Bryant School will participate in a one-day weekend test.

    For families that have a religious observance that prohibits the child from taking the assessment on a Saturday, the student is required to report on the following Sunday at the John D. O’Bryant School in Roxbury, MA.

    Families who have registered will receive an email with test-day details one week before their test date. If you missed the registration period for the June 4th test, we encourage you to sign up for the June 11 makeup test administration online by midnight on Monday, May 30, 2022.  This will be the last test administration date for the Spring.

    All applicants currently attending private, parochial, commonwealth charter, METCO program schools, or homeschool

    8th grade students attending Boston Public Schools interested in applying for 10th grade at the John D. O’Bryant School will participate in a one-day weekend test. Residency verification is not required for the Saturday test administration; however, the admissions test is only open to current Boston residents. 

    For families that have a religious observance that prohibits the child from taking the assessment on a Saturday, the student is required to report on the following Sunday at the John D. O’Bryant School in Roxbury, MA.

    Families who have registered will receive an email with test-day details one week before their test date. If you missed the registration period for the June 4th test, we encourage you to sign up for the June 11 makeup test administration online by midnight on Monday, May 30, 2022.  This will be the last test administration date for the Spring.


  • MAP Growth Admissions Test

    On July 2, 2021, Boston Public Schools named NWEA as the vendor to administer the admissions test for the three exam schools as one part of admissions criteria. NWEA’s Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Growth test measures student achievement in math, reading and language usage. Items on MAP Growth are strongly aligned to the Massachusetts Curriculum Framework grade-level standards and test students on material they have learned in school. NWEA has provided compelling evidence that the assessment is valid for use with diverse student populations.

    Many school districts in the Greater Boston area use MAP to evaluate student learning and inform academic instruction. The assessment also includes several built-in accommodations for students with disabilities and English learners. You may access a MAP Growth demo by NWEA, intended for students to become familiar with the testing platform, here

    MAP Growth is a computer adaptive test, which means that it adapts the level of difficulty based on the responses provided by the student. The test will start at the child’s current grade level and adjust the difficulty based on their performance.

    Students will have two opportunities to take the MAP Growth: Spring 2022 and Fall 2022.  If the student tests twice, BPS will use the higher score for math or ELA for the exam school admissions process.  Students must complete the entire MAP Growth test in order to receive a score.  The student’s score on the NWEA MAP Growth assessment will account for 30% of their admissions score.


  • Grade Point Average (GPA)

    The student’s GPA will account for 70% of their admissions score. Students will need to have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of a B or higher to be eligible to apply.  Admissions for the 2022-2023 school year, the GPA will include marks from the previous year and current year.  Students must have grades in each subject for the GPA to be calculated.

    The table below outlines which subject areas and grading terms are included for the 2023-2024 admissions cycle.

  • The July 2021 update to the Exam School Admission Policy stipulates that the district “develop and publish a coherent district equitable grading policy using an A-F scale wherein an A+ is treated like an A.” This will result in the following crosswalk from letter to numeric grades that will be used in the GPA calculation. 

  • Additional Points

    In addition to GPA and test scores, students may be eligible to receive additional points to their application. Students living in housing owned by the Boston Housing Authority, in the care of the Department of Children and Families, or experiencing homelessness will receive an additional fifteen points. Students attending a school where 40% or more of the students enrolled come from economically disadvantaged families will receive ten points.


  • Invitations

    In July 2021, the Boston School Committee voted to approve a new admissions policy for the city’s three exam schools. Under the new plan, applicants will be ranked from highest to lowest based on their composite score (GPA and additional points if applicable) and assigned to one of the eight socioeconomic (SES) tiers based on their home address. Families are able to use the SES Tier Map to learn what tier their child will be placed in.  For more information about the calculation of the socioeconomic tiers, please click here.

    A tier is a group of geographic areas in the city with similar socioeconomic characteristics, including:

    • Percent of persons living below poverty level
    • Owner-occupied households 
    • Single parent households
    • Non-English speaking households
    • Education attainment 


    Each tier will receive a socioeconomic score which determines which tier has the highest need.  The tier with the lowest SES score (largest percentage of high need populations) will be considered first and the tier with the highest SES score (lowest percentage of high need populations) will be considered last in each round.

    Each tier will have the same number of available seats.  Invitations will be awarded through 10 assignment rounds with 10% of seats available in each tier.  Students will be placed in a seat based on their preference.