Fall 2023 Admissions


  • The application window for students currently in grades 6, 8, and 9, who are Boston residents, to apply to attend an exam school in the fall of 2023 has closed. 

    Exam School notifications for the 2023-2024 school year were sent via email on Friday, May 5th. 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, 2023.

    To confirm your seat for next year, please visit www.bostonpublicschools.org/rsvp and respond by May 15, 2023. 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.



    For applicants for the fall of 2024, 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 2024-2025 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.

    In addition, the student's MAP Growth test score will account for 30% of their admissions score. NWEA’s Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Growth test measures student achievement in math, reading and language usage. If the student tests twice, BPS will use the higher score in each subject area (Reading & Math) for the exam school admissions process.  Students must complete the entire MAP Growth test during a BPS test administration in order to receive a score.

    Students may also be eligible for additional points that will be added to their composite score if they meet certain criteria. To learn more about the additional points, please review the exam school policy