Weekly Newsletter: March 7th
By now, you probably know that the first round registration deadline for Boston Public Schools (BPS) is in just two, short weeks on March 22nd. You might be thinking, “But does when I register my child for school actually matter?”
The short answer: absolutely.
While the racial and socioeconomic segregation that we see in many schools is largely due to segregation in Boston’s neighborhoods, it is often compounded during the school enrollment process. According to a study released this summer, nearly half of Boston’s Hispanic and Black families (40 percent and 47 percent, respectively), didn’t apply for the first round BPS Kindergarten deadline in 2014-2016. Sadly, these racial gaps in school enrollment persist from Kindergarten through middle and high school. At Boston’s three, high-performing exam schools, in which students are admitted based on exam scores (ISEE) and their GPA in 6th grade, only about 40 percent of students are Black or Hispanic, even though 75 percent of students across BPS are Black or Hispanic.
Clearly, there is much work to be done on a policy level to increase equitable access to quality schools among students of color. Alongside this high-level change, however, you can increase the likelihood that your child will be assigned to a quality school by being proactive, including gathering information on all of your school options, understanding the enrollment process, and registering as early as possible.
Whether you’re registering a child for the first time, or you’ve done this many times before, it’s important to make sure you understand the registration process. Our How to Choose Your School and How to Apply to Schools resource guides offer helpful information on this process, and we have three, different tools on our website to help you search for - and ultimately, find - the right school for you. We’ve included an overview on these tools below. Be sure to visit our website to check it out for yourself!
The new Boston School Finder website features three, different ways to search for schools:
Manual “Search School” search bar (upper left corner of home page): Using this search bar, you can search for a specific school by typing in the school name. This will take you to the school’s profile, which offers an overview of key school details.
“School Finder” tool (middle right of home page): The “School Finder” tool prompts you to answer a few short questions about your grade level, location, school type, and any special needs, and we'll provide you with a list of ideal schools in Boston.
“Browse All Schools” icon and school filters (upper right corner of home page): If you want to browse all of your school options, you can click on the “Browse All Schools” icon in the upper right of the home page. Clicking this will take you to a listing of all school options. You can narrow your search by using the filters on the left hand side of the page, which allows you to filter your options based on location, school type, before/after school offerings, and more
March 9th & 16th: Kindergarten Pre-Registration Event
If your child will be 5 years old by September 1, 2019, it’s time to pre-register for Kindergarten! Join Boston School Finder on Saturday, March 9th and March 16th at the East Boston Public Library from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. to learn more about Kindergarten enrollment and to pre-register for Boston Public Schools! Spanish translators will be available. Click here to register.
March 12th: Boston School Finder Registration “How-to” - Facebook Live
Need help navigating the BPS registration process? We’re here to help! Join Boston School Finder Executive Director, Latoya Gayle, for a Facebook Live event on March 12th at 5:30 p.m. to learn tips every parent needs to know about the school registration process. Follow Boston School Finder on Facebook(@BostonSchoolFinder) to join and for updates!
Ongoing: BPS Pop-up Welcome Centers
Did you know that BPS is expanding Welcome Centers to pop-up locations at Burke High in Dorchester and Jackson/Mann K-8 in Allston/Brighton? The centers will be open on select Thursdays. Visit BPS to learn more about locations, dates & times:https://www.bostonpublicschools.org/welcomecenters
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