The Boston Public Schools offer a variety of academic, social and cultural experiences that are hard to match anywhere else. Families can make choices from a customized list of schools that typically includes more than 15 elementary schools. When you register, we strongly encourage you to pick at least five schools, but you may list as many as you wish. Since the schools differ a lot, it is helpful to think about what factors are important to you and your child.
Registration is ongoing; however, for your best chance at a school assignment of your choice, it is important to register during Round 1 January 3, 2017- February 3, 2017. All students who register within the same round are assigned to schools at the same time when the round closes.
First Round Registration for the 2017/2018 school year runs the month of January 3,2017-February 3, 2017 For best service, register according to the parent/guardian’s last name:
A-I:January 3-6, 2017
J-Q:January 9-13, 2017
R-Z:January 17-20, 2017
Open to all: January 23-February 3
Your child must be 5 by September 1, 2017 to register for K2 kindergarten
Your child must be 4 by September 1, 2017 to register for K1 kindergarten
Your child must be or 3 by September 1, 2017 to register for K0 kindergarten
K1 and K0 seats are NOT guaranteed, so register during the First Round for your best chance of getting a seat!
For students with disabilities, placement in a school is determined by their Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and the availability of appropriate seats. While families are able to indicate school choices through the regular assignment process, placement decisions are made by Boston Public Schools’ IEP team. Students with low levels of need (i.e. Pull-Out or Push-In Resources) can have these needs met in any district school on their Home-Based List. However, students with higher levels of needs may qualify for program seats from across a broader cluster of schools. The SPED tab on your DiscoverBPS results page will show you which schools may be available to your child. Please note that while the school list reflects all programs offered, placement is highly individualized and will depend on a student’s specific needs, as determined by the IEP. For questions about SWD placements, please call: 617-635-8599.
Countdown to Kindergarten Registration Guide
"Your 'Register for Schools' Checklist
If you share housing and the lease in not in your name, please bring this completed form with you at the time of registration. BPS Affidavit
The steps you need to take are listed below and all relevant documents and links are indicated at the bottom of the page.
- Make sure to download and review the 'Registration Guide' for complete information
- Visit at 'Discover BPS' to get a list of schools available to you
- Pre-register using 'BPS Express'
- Go to a 'Welcome Center' to complete the registration process (Remember 1st Round is in January)
- Bring your child's original birth certificate, record of immunizations, and two proofs of residency as listed on the 'BPS Residency Policy'
- If you register the previous year and did not get an assignment, you must register again if you are interested in K1 or K2 seats.
- Read 'What's Next' after registration