Boston Public Schools Middle School Pathways Resource Guide
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What are Middle School Pathways?
For students in general education programs, every BPS elementary school is connected to a middle school or K-8 school. This is called a “pathway” school. There is one high school pathway school: Lyon High School is a guaranteed pathway for students at the Lyon K-8 School.
Does my child have to go to his or her pathway school?
Students are not required to attend their middle school pathway. However, middle school pathways do provide elementary students with a guaranteed seat at a specific middle school.
How do I register for my pathway school?
In January of each year, elementary students who are in their exit grade (the last grade they can attend at their current school) will receive a letter confirming their middle school pathway school. Families have two options at this point:
If you want your child to attend their assigned pathway school: you don't have to do anything. Your child will automatically be registered and assigned to their pathway school.
School Year 2022-2023 6th Grade Expansions
BPS has announced the following schools will add a 6th grade in 2022-23:
- Mozart Elementary School
- John Philbrick Elementary School
- Phineas Bates Elementary School
- James Chittick Elementary School
- Henry Grew Elementary School
- David Ellis Elementary School
- Oliver Wendell Holmes Elementary School
- John F. Kennedy Elementary School
- Charles Taylor Elementary School
- Winship Elementary School
- John Winthrop Elementary School
- Blackstone Innovation School
- Ellis Mendell Elementary School
- Charles Sumner Elementary School
The following K-5 school does not have a guaranteed pathway for grade 6 in 2022-2023:
- William Russell Elementary School
Updates from BPS are forthcoming. Call BPS' registration hotline for more information at (617) 635-9046.
If your child is in 5th grade at a 6th grade expansion school:
Your child can remain at their school for 6th grade next year. Ask your child's school about how you will indicate your preference to remain.
If your child is in a K-5 school that doesn't have a 6th grade expansion:
You may rank 6th grade expansion schools on your BPS school choice list, but understand those seats are not guaranteed. Boston School Finder advises families to rank additional grade 6 (and beyond) options for your child for next year. You can browse your 6th grade options here via our School Finder Tool.
Middle School Pathways List for School Year 2022-2023
Middle School Pathways Map
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