Each of the Boston Public Schools near downtown Boston has distinct and diverse programming, community, and enrichment options. Parents will want to visit schools and talk to staff and parents to explore which schools might be best for your child.
The nearest Boston public elementary schools to downtown Boston include the following:
- Blackstone (K – 5, South End)
- Eliot (K – 8, North End)
- Harvard-Kent (K – 6, Charlestown)
- Hurley (K – 8, South End)
- Quincy Elementary (K – 5/12, Chinatown)
- Warren-Prescott (K – 8, Charlestown)
While scores on the state MCAS tests are a very limited measure of the quality of a school, by that measure many nearby Boston Public Schools deliver strong academics, comparable to some of the best schools in the state.
Many families start applying at the earliest grade level offered by a school (typically K1, for students who will be four years old by September 1). Applying at the grade level at which seats become available will give you the best chance of admission to a school. Currently the schools listed above admit both K1 and K2 students each year.
The DiscoverBPS website listings for each school will show the number of available seats for K0-K2, for the grade you enter in the search. (K2 is the traditional kindergarten program for children who will be age five by September 1. K1 is a growing but limited pre-school program for children who will be four. K0 is a pre-school program with very limited availability for children who will be three.)
The availability for K1 and K2 can change during the school choice process. Families interested in kindergarten should ask the staff at the schools in which they have interest if there may be changes in the number of K1 or K2 seats, and check their school searches on DiscoverBPS before submitting preferences.
For more information about the registration process, please see the Registering for BPS page on this site.