How to Apply to Exam Schools


  • 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. 

    The application process to the three exam schools includes an admissions test, student GPA, and Boston residency.  Students must be currently enrolled in grades 6, 8, or 9 and reside in the City of Boston to be eligible to apply to one of our exam schools for September 2025.  

    BPS students in grade 8 attending an exam school are eligible to apply for grade 9 admission to a different exam school, if they wish.

    Please review the action steps below to learn more about our application process and important deadlines. 

  • Step 1: Test Registration (MAP Growth)

  • Step 2: Residency Verification for Students not currently enrolled in BPS: Private, Parochial, Commonwealth Charter Schools, METCO schools, Homeschool

  • Step 3: School Choice

  • Step 4: GPA

  • Step 5: Invitations

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