In order to attend Boston Public Schools, a student must actually reside in the City of Boston. The residence of a minor child is presumed to be the legal, primary residence of the parent(s) or guardian(s) who have physical custody of the child.
“Residence” is the primary place where a person dwells permanently, not temporarily, and is the place that is the center of his or her domestic, social, and civic life. Temporary residence in the City of Boston, solely for the purpose of attending a Boston public school, shall not be considered residency.
In determining residency, Boston Public Schools reserves its right to request a variety of documentation and to conduct an investigation into where a student actually resides. Because residency can, and does, change for students and their families during the course of the academic year, Boston Public Schools may continue to verify residency after the commencement of classes. Also, Boston Public Schools may act upon anonymous tips it receives to conduct a residency verification investigation.