News on enrollment and registration from Boston Public Schools:
First Registration Period for fall BPS enrollment set for January 5-30, 2015
Parents of children who will begin Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, grades 6 or 9 in the fall of 2015 are encouraged to register for Boston Public Schools (BPS) during the first registration period, which runs Monday, January 5 through Friday, January 30. Families may visit any BPS Welcome Center to register for school.Parents of students seeking to enroll in all other grades may register between February 4 and March 20. Registering during the first available period for a grade level increases a family’s chances of receiving an assignment to one of their top-choice schools.
Families can view which schools will be on their options list by visiting the DiscoverBPS website, www.discoverbps.org. Starting in January, operators are also available during business hours to help answer questions at the BPS Registration Hotline: (617) 635-9046.
Families can also pre-register online at www.bostonpublicschools.org/register. By filling out information in advance using the online form, parents can take advantage of a separate line when they arrive at a BPS Center to complete the school registration process. Important note, December 30: This winter we are rolling out a new registration platform and this is causing some issues with the on-line pre-registration system. Families who plan to register in early January should plan on processing their full registration application in person at a Welcome Center. We know the pre-registration system adds convenience and we are sorry we are not yet able to provide it in advance for now. We will continue to update this site as we bring the pre-registration system online.
It’s important to note that registration is not first-come first-served, so it doesn’t matter when in the month families visit a BPS Welcome Center, and everyone has the same opportunities as long as they register within the correct period. BPS will run the school choice lottery after the completion of each registration period and will send school assignments by mail. For this reason, and to avoid long lines at the Welcome Centers, we recommend the registration schedule below for families, based on the first initial of the parent’s last name.
A–I: Register January 5-9
J–Q: Register January 12-16
R–Z: Register January 20-23
All: Register January 26-30
BPS will also offer Saturday registration hours on January 10 and 24 in both our Roslindale and Dorchester Centers, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
BPS Welcome Center locations and hours:
Dorchester (617) 635-8015
Campbell Resource Center (next to Burger King)
1216 Dorchester Ave.
Help in Cape Verdean creole, English, Portuguese, Spanish, and Vietnamese
Roxbury (617) 635-9010
Madison Park Complex (closest entrance to Roxbury Crossing MBTA)
75 Malcolm X Blvd.
Help in Cantonese, English, Somali, Mandarin and Spanish
Roslindale (617) 635-8040
Jennie Barron Bldg. (near Cummins Hwy.)
515 Hyde Park Ave.
Help in Cape Verdean creole, English, French, Haitian creole, Portuguese and Spanish
East Boston (617) 635-9597
Mario Umana Academy (side entrance)
312 Border St.
East Boston, 02128
Help in English and Spanish
Mattapan (617) 635-9596
Mildred Ave K-8 School (follow signs to rear entrance of building)
5 Mildred Avenue
Help in English, Haitian creole, Spanish
Dorchester, Roslindale and Roxbury Welcome Centers are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30am-5pm and Wednesdays Noon-7pm.
In January the East Boston Welcome Center is open on Mondays – Wednesdays, same hours as above.
Mattapan is open Thursdays and Fridays, same hours as above.