Visit and Choose Schools

October to January

School Choice season is here 2015!

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Discover BPS Video

It's time to Discover BPS

Families should start preparing for Kindergarten (K1 for 4 year old and K2 for 5 year old) a full year in advance of their start date, which is the September before their child turns 4 or 5. For a few families, it may start sooner. Boston Public Schools (BPS) has a number of a very limited number of seats for K0 programs for children who are 3 by September 1. There are 75 Early Learning Centers, Elementary and K-8 schools in the City of Boston. Families can choose from a number of schools that are located close to their homes.

Attend a Countdown to Kindergarten Information Session for answers to all your questions about BPS schools, the registration process and more. Starting in November, Information Sessions provide tips on the transition and kindergarten selection/enrollment process, along with suggested activities to help families prepare for a successful entry into kindergarten.

During School Preview Time are posted in our calendar section, the Boston Public Schools invites families to get to know the schools. With more than 75 early learning, elementary and K-8 schools in the City, visiting schools is the best way to decide which ones might be good matches for your child and your family. If you cannot attend a School Preview Time session, call the principal to set up visit. In most cases you will have the opportunity to walk around the school, talk with staff and see classrooms. You may be able to meet school parents or the parent liaison.

Attending the Boston Public Schools Showcase In Our Schools held on November 15  is a great way to visit your available schools all in a day. (see Special Notice below). And be sure to use our School Visit Checklist to keep track of the information you gather on each of the schools you visit!

Your 'Visit & Choose Schools' Checklist

Complete during October to January. The steps you need to take are listed below and all relevant documents and links are indicated in red in the Quick Links box to the right!

  • Visit the Discover BPS to determine which schools are in your Home Base.
  • Showcase In Our Schools Saturday November 14, 2015 from 9 am -1 PM. 
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  • School Preview Time. 
  • All Schools will host School Preview Times on the following dates. Visit our calendar section for dates and times
  • 'Visiting schools is the best way to decide which ones might be good matches for your child and your family
  • Keep track of the schools you visit by using our 'Visiting Schools Check List'
  • Read Countdown to Kindergarten 'Registration Guides' for complete registration information
  • Check our registration 'Information Sessions' calendar and pick a session to attend to get up-to-date information on the registration process.


To subscribe to our e-newsletter  On the Countdown, with up-to-date registration and transition information.  Please click here


Watch   Discover BPS Video

School Choice Season!!!!!!!!!

Choice Season: November 2, 2015 – January 15, 2016

Showcase In Our Schools Saturday November 14, 2015 from 9 am -1 PM
This is a great time for families to learn more about our schools before
school registration begins. All our schools will have special opportunities to
visit classrooms, tour the school, and meet the principal and teachers.

School Preview Time
Is for all families considering enrollment in the Boston Public Schools.  During School Preview Time ( SPT), Schools have special visiting hours and activities to introduce families to their offerings.

  • All Schools will host School Preview Times (dates Available in late September 2015) for schedule visit our School Preview Time Calendar.

                  Registration Information Session

                  Want to learn more about the Home Base Plan?

                  Join us at one of the following information session in your community. Date and time on our calendar. Info Sessions( calendar available in October 2015)

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