For School Year: 2021-2022
The Boston Public Schools offer a variety of academic, social, and cultural experiences that are hard to match anywhere else. Families can make choices from a customized list of schools that typically includes more than 15 elementary schools. When you register, we strongly encourage you to pick at least five schools, but you may list as many as you wish. Since the schools differ a lot, it is helpful to think about what factors are important to you and your child.
Registration is ongoing; however, for your best chance at a school assignment of your choice, it is important to register during Round 1 (for K0 and K1) January 5, 2021- January 29, 2021. For K2 February 8-April 5, 2021 All students who register within the same round are assigned to schools at the same time when the round closes.
First Round Registration for the 2021-2022 school year for K0 and K1 runs the month of January 5, 2021- January 29, 2021. For best service and reduced wait times, please register according to the parent/guardian’s last name:
A-I: January 5-8, 2021
J-Q: January 11-15, 2021.
R-Z: January 19-22, 2021
Open to all: January 25-January 29
NEW! For K2 First Round begins February 8- April 5, 2021
BPS Age Requirement
Your child must be 5 by September 1, 2021, to register for K2 kindergarten
Your child must be 4 by September 1, 2021, to register for K1 kindergarten
Your child must be or 3 by September 1, 20201, to register for K0 kindergarten
K1 and K0 seats are NOT guaranteed, so register during the First Round for your best chance of getting a seat!
For students with disabilities, placement in a school is determined by their Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and the availability of appropriate seats. While families are able to indicate school choices through the regular assignment process, placement decisions are made by the Boston Public Schools’ Sped team. Students with low levels of need (i.e. Pull-Out or Push-In Resources) can have these needs met in any district school on their Home-Based List. However, students with higher levels of needs may qualify for program seats from across a broader cluster of schools. The SPED tab on your DiscoverBPS results page will show you which schools may be available to your child. Please note that while the school list reflects all programs offered, placement is highly individualized and will depend on a student’s specific needs, as determined by the IEP. For questions about SWD placements, please call 617-635-8599.
Countdown to Kindergarten Registration Guide
"Your 'Register for Schools' Checklist
If you share housing and the lease is not in your name, please bring this completed form with you at the time of registration. BPS Affidavit
The steps you need to take are listed below and all relevant documents and links are indicated at the bottom of the page.
- Make sure to download and review the 'Registration Guide' for complete information
- Visit at 'Discover BPS' to get a list of schools available to you
- Pre-register using MYBPS SIS
- Schedule an appointment here
- By phone: Call 617-635-9010 and register with one of our registration specialists.
- Bring your child's original birth certificate, a record of immunizations, and two proofs of residency as listed on the 'BPS Residency Policy'
- If you register the previous year and did not get an assignment, you must register again if you are interested in K1 or K2 seats.
- Read 'What's Next' after registration