How to Pre-Register for Boston Public Schools


Boston Public Schools offers pre-registration in December before priority registration begins in January. The pre-registration process allows you to complete your BPS registration paperwork online, such as filling out your child's information and ranking your schools. 

You still have to visit a Welcome Center in person to complete your residency verification even if you pre-register.

When can I pre-register my child(ren) for BPS?

BPS pre-registration opens online beginning Monday, Dec. 16, 2019.

How do I pre-register online?

1. Go to DiscoverBPS online.

Scroll down to the bottom of the website and click the link that says "Pre-registration." You'll be taken to the BPS Student Information System Online Portal.

2. Create your online account.

On the next page, follow the link that says: "Need to preregister for BPS? Click here and select the 1st option." Follow the prompts to create an online account.

3. Log into the BPS Family Portal.

Once logged in, complete your online pre-registration form. Enter your information as parent/caregiver as well as your child(ren)'s information. You will rank your schools at this time, too.

4. Make your Welcome Center appointment.

Even though you have pre-registered, you must still go to a Welcome Center in person to complete your residency verification. Reduce Welcome Center wait times and make a Welcome Center appointment online ahead of time.  

5. Bring your required documents to your Welcome Center appointment.

Bring ALL of these documents:

  • Child’s original birth certificate, I-94 form, or passport
    Child’s up-to-date immunization record
    Parent/Guardian’s photo identification

Bring TWO of these documents; items cannot be from the same category:

  • Utility bill (not water or cell phone) dated within past 60 day
  • Current lease, section 8 agreement, or BPS residency affidavit
  • Deed or mortgage payment dated within past 60 days, or property tax bill dated within the last year
  • Bank or credit card statement dated within past 60 day
  • W2 form dated within the year, or payroll stub dated within past 60 day
  • Letter from approved government agency dated within 60 days
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