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BPS School Choice Season Begins for the 2021-22 School Year

Registration Ad Families of students entering grades K0, K1, 6, 7, and 9 may begin registering students for Fall 2021

BOSTON — Tuesday, January 5, 2021 — Today, Boston Public Schools (BPS) begins the school registration season for the 2021-22 school year. BPS offers a variety of options to meet the needs of all families -- from dual language schools to develop bilingual learners, to performing arts programming, and much more. We encourage all Boston families to come discover the perfect fit for their children.
During the BPS school choice season, prospective BPS families can learn about their many school choice options; including attending interactive virtual school visits and information sessions. The priority registration period for students entering grades K0, K1, 6, 7, and 9 in Fall 2021 runs from January 5 - January 29. The priority registration period for students entering K2 and all other grades, runs from February 8 - April 5.
Families are encouraged to pre-register and schedule an appointment to complete the registration process over the phone, to be assisted by a Welcome Services registration specialist. Full details on the BPS registration process are available at, including student registration forms and registration document checklists in 10 languages.
“BPS is excited to welcome new students and families into our community, and we are committed to meeting families where they are to ensure this school choice season is as convenient as possible,” said BPS Superintendent Brenda Cassellius. “I am proud of the swift work of our Welcome Services team last spring to make the registration process more accessible and safe for our families by providing the option to register for school online and by phone. Our team is ready to welcome our new students and families!”
BPS Welcome Centers are temporarily closed to the public. Last spring, following the closure of BPS schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic, BPS Welcome Services began offering registration services by phone and online. Previously, all BPS families had to visit a Welcome Center to complete the registration process.
BPS is hosting virtual registration information sessions for families to learn more about the registration process. In addition, all schools are holding virtual School Preview Times throughout January for prospective families to learn more about each school community, meet the school leaders, and ask questions about the schools and the various programs they offer. A sign-up form and list of times for each school is available at
“Boston Public Schools educators and staff work tirelessly to provide our students with an excellent and equitable education every single day,” said Boston School Committee Chairperson Alexandra Oliver-Dávila. “I hope parents and caregivers across the City of Boston take advantage of the convenient, virtual opportunities to explore their BPS options this registration season to help them make the best choice for their family.” 
Anyone who registers at any time during their designated priority registration period has an equal opportunity of obtaining a seat in the school of their choice.
Families are also encouraged to visit the Discover BPS portal, a school search engine with information about all BPS schools that helps parents and guardians understand which schools their child is eligible to attend. For full details on the school registration process, visit or call the BPS Welcome Services hotline at 617-635-9046.
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