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 (Charlestown) schools.

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.
Discover BPS!

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 and

You can also learn more about the schools registration process at the Boston Public Schools website.

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About Downtown Schools for Boston: 

We are a group of five hundred Boston parents, grandparents and other supporters, working to:
  • 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 downtown Boston.
  • Support efforts to improve the quality of downtown public schools.
Families in the downtown neighborhoods want public schools that reflect the diversity of the City of Boston.

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 construction.
Please visit us again soon for news and updates.