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)
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
Serves families living in Dorchester, Hyde Park, Mattapan, and South Boston.
North Zone Family Resource Center
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
Serves families living in Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, Roxbury, and West Roxbury.
BPS High School Renewal
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
The Boston Student Advisory Council (BSAC) leads workshops for 8th graders about high school choice.
Policy Advisor for Mayor Menino
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.
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
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
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.
Provides information about public, private, and charter schools in all 50 states.
National Associate of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Association of Independent Schools of New England (AISNE)
A Better Chance
Helps urban students get into independent schools.
National Parochial School Association
Catholic Schools in Boston