Public Schools Making Strides

November 18, 2014
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Boston Public Schools are an excellent choice for Boston families.

Steady improvement in academic achievement by BPS students, combined with the increase in families wishing to stay in the city, has led many families living Downtown to choose Boston Public schools for their children’s education. Schools in the downtown area have test scores comparable to the best elementary schools in the state (see graph).

Families interested in learning more about local public school options for both elementary school and middle school/high school will have the opportunity to hear directly from parents with children currently enrolled in these local schools.  On Thursday November 13th, the volunteer parent organization Downtown Schools for Boston will be hosting their second annual Downtown Schools night. Parent representatives from four local elementary schools (Eliot, Hurley, Quincy, and Warren-Prescott schools) will speak from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and parents from 5 upper schools (Boston Arts Academy, Boston Day & Evening Academy, Boston Latin Academy, Boston Latin School, and O’Bryant School of Mathematics & Science) will speak from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Each parent speaker will give a short introduction to their school and answer questions. The event will be held at 74 Joy Street.

“Last year’s meeting was an enthusiastic, standing-room-only event. The schools near Boston’s downtown neighborhoods offer a great education and great experiences.  Each of the schools near downtown Boston has distinct and diverse programming, community, and enrichment options.  Parents will also want to visit schools and talk to staff and parents to explore which schools might be the best option for your child.” explained Angela Wang, a Boston Latin School parent, and one of the leaders of Downtown Schools for Boston.

The evening precedes BPS’s own kickoff event on Saturday morning, a citywide open house of all K0 to K8 Boston public schools on Nov. 15. “School Choice Season” is designed to provide families with information needed to register in January. Parents are encouraged to get to know their public school options through Saturday’s BPS showcase, use of BPS online tools, and preview days hosted by individual schools through the beginning of January. Registration to Boston Public Schools for the 2015-2016 year will be in January.

Details about Thursday’s event at 74 Joy Street can be found at:  http://www.facebook.com/DowntownSchools

Parents making choices for the next school year should use the BPS online tool www.DiscoverBPS.org to see their options; and parents of preschoolers should also see BPS’s www.countdowntokindergarten.org

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