How to choose schools for your child

Long before the first day of school — Sept. 4 for Boston Public School students — parents search for the right school for their child. Some opt for suburban schools, some enroll by lottery, some take exam screenings or other attend a designated neighborhood school. Many factors play into a decision: passing or failing a screening exam, lottery selection, location and money — just to name a few. “Based on my observation, children of affluent families tend to go to exam schools and suburban schools, and children of working-class families go to one of the Boston neighborhood schools,” said Richard … Continue reading

New building for Quincy Upper School, Boston Arts Academy could open 2017

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The Josiah Quincy Upper School and the Boston Arts Academy desperately need larger facilities and a $260 million school at Parcel 25 would meet those needs. Combining the two schools at one location would save cost and could be ready by 2017, said school officials at an Oct. 8 meeting. Continue reading

Boston parents and students help update BPS Code of Conduct, aligning it with state law

A major update to the Boston Public Schools Code of Conduct emphasizes the importance of giving all students the opportunity to make academic progress by strengthening a tiered system of progressive discipline and student supports. The Code has been updated after an 18-month collaborative effort by the Code of Conduct Advisory Council, the Boston Parents Organizing Network and the Boston Student Advisory Council.
Students and parents played a key role in the revisions. Continue reading