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Family Information Session “Choosing Boston schools for your child” Fall 2008 Welcome! Benvindu! Byenvini! Bem-vindos! Bienvenidos! Chào mừng! Soo dhowaada! In this session, you will learn about… changes to school options for 2009-2010 how the student assignment process works how to make informed school choices how to register your child for school … and get answers to your questions! “Pathways to Excellence” Guiding Principles Expand excellence Increase access Ensure equity …for all Boston Public Schools families. Superintendent’s academic goals… • Reading by the end of Grade 1 • Reading to learn in Grade 3 • Skillful, analytical writing in Grade 7 • Algebra 1 in Grade 8 • “On track” to graduate by the end of Grade 10 • SAT I scores of 1650+ and Excellence for All • ELLs acquire academic language mastery and fluency • College-ready and success-bound “Pathways to Excellence” More K-8 options… 3 in September 1995 28 in September 2009 New K-8s next year: • Beethoven / Ohrenberger – West Roxbury • Boston Teachers Union Pilot – Jamaica Plain • Edison – Brighton • Grew / Rogers – Hyde Park (feeder pair) • Higginson / Lewis – Roxbury • King – Dorchester • Mildred Avenue - Mattapan “Pathways to Excellence” More pilot school seats… New or expanded pilot schools next year: • Boston Teachers Union Pilot – Jamaica Plain • Haley - Roslindale • Lyon (9-12) - Brighton • TechBoston Academy (6-12) – Dorchester • Young Achievers – Mattapan Under consideration: Harbor (9-12) - Dorchester “Pathways to Excellence” Graduation for All… More rigorous and personalized high school programs to eliminate the dropout rate: • Capital investments to ensure full accreditation • New high school at Dorchester Education Complex • Newcomers Academy • Transition / Truancy Center • More Advanced Placement and dual enrollment opportunities “Pathways to Excellence” Innovation and enrichment… • Montessori programs • International Baccalaureate • Two-way bilingual programs • Citywide marching band How does the student assignment process work? High school students may apply to any school in the city. For elementary and middle schools, the district is organized into three geographic zones. Families may apply to any elementary or middle school in their assignment zone… … and any “citywide” school Walk Zone Priority Families get “walk zone priority” to any: • elementary school within 1 mile of home • middle school within 1½ miles of home • high school within 2 miles of home X Families may apply to any school in their walk zone, including schools across zone lines. Half of the seats in every school are reserved for students who have walk zone priority. The other half of the seats are open to students from the entire geographic zone, including those in the walk zone. “Sibling priority” To help keep families in the same school, siblings are assigned first. Wait lists… If there are more applicants for a school than available seats, students will be placed on wait lists. There isn’t a “cap” on the length of any wait list. Students will be placed on wait lists based on their priorities for that school, their random number, and the registration period in which the family applied. Any Boston resident may remain on a school’s wait list after the school year begins, even if the student does not attend a Boston Public School. The formula… BPS uses a mathematical formula to assign students to schools. A new formula adopted in 2005 was designed to simplify the school choice process for families. It enables parents to list their true choices of schools, in true order of preference, without having to “strategize” about the rank order. What is my “random number”? Every student applying for schools is given a “random number” generated by computer. (A lower random number is “better” than a higher number.) This number is used to order students who have the same priority to a particular school. The random number can be thought of as a “tiebreaker” among groups of similar students. How assignments are made… In each school, seats are filled based on a combination of factors for each child, including: Registration period (“round”) Priorities (sibling, walk zone, etc.) Family preferences (school choices) Random number How can I make informed school choices for my child? Do your “homework”… School Preview Time November 3, 2008 through January 23, 2009 Every elementary, K-8, middle and high school • Tour schools • Meet principals, teachers and parents • Learn about programs • Ask questions • Call the school to “RSVP” “What are my schools?” www.bostonpublicschools.org/register/ 1216 Dorchester Ave 02125 Do your “homework”… Citywide Showcase of Schools Saturday, December 13, 2008 • 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Reggie Lewis Track and Field Center, Roxbury Separate FACT from FICTION… Make your choices based on what you see for yourself. Other Resources www.bostonpublicschools.org/schools/ “Introducing the Boston Public Schools” Countdown to Kindergarten Y/BPS How do I register for schools for September 2009? The registration process: WHEN For the best chance of assignment to one of your top school choices, be sure to apply any time during the first registration period for your child’s grade… Kindergarten and Grades 6 and 9:* January 5 – February 6, 2009 All other grades:* February 11 – March 20, 2008 * Including applications to transfer from one Boston Public School to another The registration process: WHEN For faster service during the first registration period, visit a Family Resource Center based on the schedule by parent’s last name: Parent/guardian’s last Register: name begins with: A - I January 5 – 9, 2009 J - Q January 12 – 16, 2009 R - Z January 20 – 23, 2009 Open to all, January 26 – February 6, 2009 All applications received during the same registration period are processed at the same time! The registration process: WHERE Families may register at any Family Resource Center (FRC) West Zone North Zone Lori Cox, Director Gloria Smith, Director 515 Hyde Park Ave., 55 Malcolm X Blvd., Roslindale Roxbury 617-635-8040 East Zone 617-635-9010 Peggy Soto, Director 1216 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester 617-635-8015 New in 2009: Saturday registration! The East Zone FRC (1216 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester) will be open on the following Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon.: Jan. 10, 17, 24, and 31. The registration process: WHERE …or any Satellite Office… Umana Middle School Academy Jackson/Mann School 315 Border St., East Boston 40 Armington St., Allston 617-635-9695 617-635-8532, x222 Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Jan. 5 – Feb. 6, Weekdays, Jan. 26-30, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Boston City Hall Downtown, Government Center Room 801 January 12-16, 2009 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The registration process: WHERE In January, students already enrolled in the Boston Public Schools will receive a pre-printed application if they are entering a transition grade (such as Grade 6 or 9) next year. The registration process: HOW Families new to BPS must bring to the FRC… Pre-printed proofs of current address www.bostonpublicschools.org/residency/ Up-to-date immunization records Child’s original birth certificate, passport or I-94 form (Kindergarten and Grade 1 only) Proofs of current address Up-to-date immunization records Child’s original birth certificate, passport or I-94 form The registration process: HOW Age requirements For Grade 1: 6 years old by September 1, 2009 For K2: 5 years old by September 1, 2009 For K1: 4 years old by September 1, 2009 The registration process: HOW To improve your chances of being assigned to one of your top choice schools: Select at least 5 schools … ideally more than five! Be sure your list includes some schools where your child has a priority – such as walk zone or sibling. Include a mix of schools that are easier or harder to get into, including some lesser-known schools considered “hidden gems.” The registration process: HOW To save time during registration, you can “pre-register” online using BPS Express. www.bostonpublicschools.org/register/ Log on from any computer with an Internet connection – from home, libraries, FRCs. Complete your application form in advance. All families new to BPS must complete the application process at any FRC to submit documents. The registration process: RECAP “Ready… Set… Go!” Find out your list of eligible schools: www.bostonpublicschools.org/register/ (or visit a Family Resource Center) Attend the Showcase of Schools Gather all documents you need for registration Visit schools during School Preview Time Pre-register online using “BPS Express” Submit your complete application What happens after registration? Assignment notices are mailed out 5-6 weeks after the end of each registration period. They include the name of the assigned school, your child’s transportation eligibility for that school, and any schools where you’re on a wait list. Complete and return the “RSVP” form to accept the assignment and/or be removed from any wait list, or visit a Family Resource Center. What if I don’t get any of my choices? Most students who are not assigned to any of the schools they selected will receive an “administrative assignment” to another school. When making administrative assignments, we try to place students in the closest school where there are available seats. Exception: Most students younger than 6 years old will not receive an administrative assignment. Any family – pre-K through Grade 12 – may return to a Family Resource Center to make new choices. What about other programs? The process described in this session applies to all students in regular education. The assignment process for students in special education programs and programs for English Language Learners (ELL) is slightly different. Staff from the Special Education and English Language Learners offices are here to answer questions about these programs. The school year begins… Thursday, September 10, 2009 for students in Grades 1-12 Monday, September 14, 2008 for Kindergarten students Questions…