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It's time to Discover BPS

Families should start preparing for Kindergarten (K1 for 4 years old and K2 for 5 years old) a full year in advance of their start date, which is the September before their child turns 4 or 5. For a few families, it may start sooner. Boston Public Schools (BPS) has a number of a very limited number of seats for K0 programs for children who are 3 by September 1. There are 76 Early Learning Centers, Elementary and K-8 schools in the City of Boston. Families can choose from a number of schools that are located close to their homes.

Attend an Information Session for answers to all your questions about BPS schools, the registration process and more. Starting in November, Information Sessions provide tips on the transition and kindergarten selection/enrollment process, along with suggested activities to help families prepare for a successful entry into kindergarten.

During School Preview Time (December– January), the Boston Public Schools invites families to get to know the schools. With more than 76 early learning, elementary and K-8 schools in the City, visiting schools is the best way to decide which ones might be good matches for your child and your family. If you cannot attend a School Preview Time session, call the principal to set up visit. In most cases you will have the opportunity to walk around the school, talk with staff and see classrooms. You may be able to meet school parents or the parent liaison.

Attending the Boston Public Schools Showcase In Our Schools  usually held on the second Saturday  of November is a great way to visit your available schools all in a day.  And be sure to use our School Visit Checklist to keep track of the information you gather on each of the schools you visit!

Your 'Visit & Choose Schools' Checklist

Complete during October to January. The steps you need to take are listed below and all relevant documents and links are indicated in red in the Quick Links box to the right!

  • Visit DiscoverBPS.org to determine which schools are in your Home Base.
  • Attend Showcase In Our Schools  Saturday, December 3, 2016
  • All Schools will host School Preview Times visit our calendar for the dates and times of the schools on your list.
  • Visiting schools is the best way to decide which ones might be good matches for your child and your family
  • Keep track of the schools you visit by using our 'Visiting Schools Check List'
  • Read Countdown to Kindergarten 'Registration Guides' for complete registration information
  • Check our registration Information Sessions calendar and pick a session to attend to get up-to-date information on the registration process.
  • In December, Log on to Pre-Register  for schools online.
  • January, Visit a Welcome Center and complete your registration process.  

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Calendar of Events

ELC West Playgroups
Thu Jun 22 @ 9:00AM - 10:30AM
Mario Umana School Playgroups (3-5 yrs. old)
Thu Jun 22 @ 9:30AM - 11:30AM
Kenny Elementary School Playgroups
Fri Jun 23 @ 9:00AM - 10:30AM
Mission Hill Playgroups
Fri Jun 23 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Kenny Elementary School Playgroups
Fri Jun 23 @11:00AM - 12:30PM