How to Apply to Exam Schools
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What are Exam Schools?
Boston Public Schools (BPS) has three “exam schools” for students in grades 7–12. Other areas of the country may refer to these types of schools as “magnet schools.”
Boston’s three exam schools are:
Entry into these exam schools is determined by the student’s grades and their performance on a district-identified assessment. Each exam school accepts students entering grade 7 and another group of students in grade 9.
The O’Bryant School also accepts a small number of students entering grade 10. Note: The O’Bryant School will not accept grade 10 students for the 2022-2023 school year.
Who is eligible to apply for and attend Exam Schools?
All of the following must be true:
Students must be currently enrolled in 6th, 8th, or 9th grade (O’Bryant only) to apply; and
Students must reside in the City of Boston.
Proof of residency is required for students not currently attending Boston Public Schools. Click here to learn more about the residency verification process for non-BPS students who want to apply to exam schools.
BPS Exam School Admission Process for School Year 2022-2023
For school year 2022-2023 only: No entrance exam is required to apply. In July 2021, the Boston School Committee voted to temporarily suspend the use of a standardized test during the 2021-2022 school year for admission into the three exam schools for school year 2022-2023.
Students must meet a minimum grade point average (GPA) in order to be considered for an invitation to a BPS exam school.
Admissions for school year 2022-2023, applicants must have earned a B or higher average GPA based on marks in English Language Arts (ELA), Math, Science, and Social Studies from the completed marking periods between August 2021 and January 2022 of the current school year.
The GPA is calculated into a composite score out of 100 points. To encourage equity, students meeting certain conditions are eligible to receive additional points for a total of either 110 or 115 points.
For more information about eligibility, scores, and the exam school invitation process, please visit the BPS Exam School page for complete details.
For school year 2023-2024 and after: Admission into the exam schools will require both the student’s GPA (30%) and test scores from the NWEA MAP Growth assessment (70%). More information will be posted about future exam school admissions policies at the BPS website.
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