All Boston Public Schools (BPS) high schools are available to students city-wide. The schools discussed below are only a portion of BPS schools. Please refer to the schools’ websites and the BPS website for more information on these and other schools.
Boston’s three exam schools are among the top public high schools in Massachusetts. Boston Latin Academy, Boston Latin School, and the O’Bryant School of Science and Mathematics offer grades 7 to 12 and offer admission to either grade 7 or grade 9.
Boston Arts Academy (BAA) offers widely-recognized programs in visual and performing arts for grades 9 to 12. BAA uses a special application process, including an audition or presentation component. It is also a full-inclusion high school. A new school building (shown in the image to the right) is currently under construction on Ipswich Street near Fenway Park.
Quincy Upper School on Arlington Street offers grades 6 to 12, with a pathway from the Quincy Elementary School. Among their programs is an International Baccalaureate program, an internationally accepted qualification for entry into higher education. In May of 2019, BPS announced a plan to construct a new facility for the Quincy Upper School.
Boston Day and Evening Academy is an alternative in-district charter high school, with a specialized admission process separate from the general BPS process. It offers a day program for over-age first-time high school students; an evening program for students up to age 22, and distance learning. As a competency-based school, it does not use traditional grade levels to measure progress.
Note that grade configurations vary among schools, so there is some overlap in the grades offered by the elementary schools, middle schools and high schools. In addition, BPS is planning to change the grade configurations of some schools. In general, however, students elementary schools that do not have middle-school grades are guaranteed placement at one “pathway” school, and families can also apply elsewhere by lottery.