Brownie points, anyone? Check out these organizations for additional help on high school choice. And if you really want to stay after class, read the History of School Choice in Boston.

Boston Public Schools (BPS)
(617) 635-9000
boston.k12.ma.us
The BPS website provides lots of great information on school choice, registering for school, problem solving, and support services. See especially the Family Resources section at boston.k12.ma.us/info for information on Choosing a School, Family Involvement, and the Policy Handbook for Parents and Students.

BPS Family Resource Centers
East Zone Family Resource Center
(617) 635-8015
Serves families living in Dorchester, Hyde Park, Mattapan, and South Boston.

North Zone Family Resource Center
(617) 635-9010
Serves families living in Allston/Brighton, Charlestown, Chinatown, Downtown, East Boston, Mission Hill, the North End, Roxbury, and the South End.

West Zone Family Resource Center
(617) 635-8040
Serves families living in Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, Roxbury, and West Roxbury.

BPS High School Renewal
www.highschoolrenewal.org/summary.htm
Information on career pathways and small learning communities at BPS schools, plus college and career planning resources.

BPS High School Workshops
Maria Ortiz, BSAC School Advisor
(617) 592-1944

The Boston Student Advisory Council (BSAC) leads workshops for 8th graders about high school choice.

Y/BPS
Laurie Sherman
Policy Advisor for Mayor Menino
(617) 635-3868

Funded by the Boston Foundation, Y/BPS is a partnership between the YMCA of Greater Boston and the BPS that helps families understand why they should consider the Boston Public School system for their children’s education. Includes workshops led by parents of students in BPS schools.

METCO
www.metcoinc.org/
(617) 427-1545
The Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity, Inc. is a free, voluntary program for students of color from urban areas to attend schools in the suburbs, to create a more racially balanced learning program. Most students enter METCO in kindergarten through second grade, although some students do enroll at a later age.

Eye on Education Parent Resources
eyeoneducation.tv/parents/parent_resources.html
See the Resources List for local and national organizations dedicated to helping you support your child’s learning. See also Tips for Success.

Preparing for College
www.ed.gov/pubs/Prepare/pt2.html
The online version of “Preparing Your Child for College: A Resource Book for Parents,” a publication by the US Department of Education. Includes courses recommended for college-bound students.

Great Schools
http://www.greatschools.net/
Provides information about public, private, and charter schools in all 50 states.

Independent Schools
National Associate of Independent Schools (NAIS)
www.nais.org

Association of Independent Schools of New England (AISNE)
www.aisne.org

A Better Chance
www.abetterchance.org
Helps urban students get into independent schools.

Parochial Schools
National Parochial School Association
www.parochial.com

Catholic Schools in Boston
www.abcso.org/schooldirectory.htm