About Boston School Finder
Boston School Finder’s mission is to support Boston families in choosing a school that is a fit for their children and their families. We collect and share comprehensive, publicly available data on Boston Public Schools (BPS), charter public schools, and parochial schools. This data is presented in an easy to understand format.
Boston School Finder was initially developed in 2017. The design of the website was created based on recommendations from many Boston parents and Boston-area partners. Input for the original site included information from: three surveys of Boston families in 2017 and 2018, over 100 focus groups and one-on-one interviews with families, and engagement with over 70 community-based organizations.
We achieve our mission by:
1. Focusing on Families and Their Partners. We thoughtfully design and build a product that is based on learnings from and about families, and provides data transparency about schools for families and their partners. We improve accessibility, especially for those who have been historically unsupported or marginalized.
2. Actively Igniting the Community & Providing Transparency to All Stakeholders. We invite all members of the community to provide input to build the most productive and accessible tools to choose schools. We leverage community expertise and engagement, especially from those who have been historically underrepresented in Boston. We share pertinent data or insights, and support Boston's parent community and their partners in voicing their concerns and needs to their elected officials and policymakers.
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