Downtown Schools for Boston
Downtown Schools Night is Thursday, November 16th
Downtown Schools Night will be held Thursday, November
16th from 7:00-8:30 PM at Hill House, 74
Joy Street, Boston. Learn more about Boston's
excellent public schools, from parents with children in
those schools. This discussion will focus on nearby public
elementary schools, with families sharing their views and
experiences with their school. We currently expect to
discuss the Hurley (South End), Quincy (Chinatown), Eliot
(North End), Harvard-Kent and Warren-Prescott
This event will be of most interest to families with
children who will be 4 or 5 by September 1, 2018. The
number of places for K1 (pre-school) for 4-year-olds has
been expanded, though places are still hard to get as most
go to siblings. The odds of obtaining a K2 (5-year-old
kindergarten) seat at good nearby schools have improved
significantly in recent years, as the schools have
expanded their K2 programs, and the Home-Based school
assignment plan places children in their nearby schools.
Families' school options vary depending on where they live
and the grade the child is entering. If you're considering
choosing Boston Public Schools, it will be helpful for you
to explore your specific school options at the
DiscoverBPS website. Interested families should
visit schools in December, and submit their school
preferences in January.
It's time to start planning for the Boston Public Schools
for the 2018-2019 school year. Your chances of
getting your school choices are better if you register
before the end of January, so you'll want to
visit schools in November and December. You can
learn about your school options by visiting DiscoverBPS
You can also learn more about the schools registration
process at the
Boston Public Schools website.
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schools in downtown Boston, and links to relevant articles
about education and about Boston.
About Downtown Schools for Boston:
We are a group of five hundred Boston parents,
grandparents and other supporters, working to:
Families in the downtown neighborhoods want public schools
that reflect the diversity of the City of Boston.
- Add and expand public elementary schools in
Boston's downtown neighborhoods, and engage our
downtown neighborhoods with the Boston Public Schools.
- Make it possible for more children to attend Boston
Public Schools, and help more families stay in
- Support efforts to improve the quality of downtown
We strongly support the Boston Public Schools and the City
of Boston. Our efforts will help continue the steady
improvement we have seen in the quality of the Boston
Public Schools, across the city.
In addition, we are adding to the quality choices for
other neighborhoods in Boston. A large share of the
new seats in downtown schools would be available to
families from other neighborhoods. And new seats
would also free the capacity we currently use in the
public schools in nearby neighborhoods.
We hope to involve residents in all of the downtown
neighborhoods. Our focus is on the downtown
neighborhoods that currently have no public elementary
schools: Audubon Circle, the Fenway, Kenmore Square,
the Back Bay, Beacon Hill, the West End, and Central
Boston (Downtown Crossing, Downtown North, Government
Center, and the Financial District).
Our website is still under
Please visit us again soon for news and updates.