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Boston Public Schools

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Boston Public Schools
Boston Public Schools logo.svg
2300 Washington Street,
Roxbury, Boston, MA 02119

United States
District information
SuperintendentDr. Tommy Chang[1]
Schools120 (2014-2015)[2]
Budget$1,332,439,836 total
$20,247 per pupil
Students and staff
Students54,312 (2014-2015)[2]
Teachers4,228.9 (2014-2015)[4]
Staff4,352 (2009-2010)[5]
Student-teacher ratio12.8 to 1 (2014-2015)[4]
Other information
SAT scores
496 verbal
513 math
1009 total (2017-2018)[6]
WebsiteBoston Public Schools

Boston Public Schools (BPS) is a school district serving the city of Boston, Massachusetts, United States.

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[MUSIC] My name is Tania Feliz, I go to Boston Day & Evening Academy and I will be going to Bryn Mawr College this fall. My name is Tyler Luong, I am the valedictorian of Boston Arts Academy and I will be attending Bucknell University with the Posse full Scholarship. My name is Filomena Da Silva, I go to New Mission High school and I will be attending Dartmouth College in the fall of 2018. My name is Aleksandr Gristin and I am currently a graduating senior from Boston Green Academy and my plans for next year are still a bit unclear in terms of college that I would like to attend, but it’s all in progress. My name is Jonathan Yuan, I currently attend Boston Latin School and I will be attending Harvard University in the fall. My favorite high school memory is from my junior year when we as students, as junior student back then, had to conduct a research regarding sustainability issues within the city of Boston and its neighborhoods and find possible ways how to solve it. And I was really excited to learn more about it and share it with the people, who were also interested and passionate about fixing and improving sustainability within in our city. I think my greatest high school memory has to be when I went on stage and gave my speech to run for the position of class officer secretary. It was always one of my dreams to help run the grade and to help organize and make our grade feel a lot more united, and more of a family. So when, going up on stage and seeing all my friends and classmates all in front of me cheering me on, being super supportive that was super super, ah- super inspiring. I think the people. It’s like I am not a people person, but I still enjoy being surrounded by like such a diverse group of people who all come from like, difficult and like very interesting backgrounds. I am going to miss the connections with my classmates, because we all share a common goal, because we’re all artists, we are all in this community were we are striving to perfect our art and being in that community really helped me pursue art and really strive as a musician and without that I wouldn’t be as good as I am. My advice for students, for all students, starting with the middle school, and even earlier grades is don’t waste your time. Try to manage your time as good as you can because there is so much stuff to be done and when you waste your time or you procrastinate, it fortunately might actually ruin your future. So I learned from several experience-- my several personal experiences and now I am doing my best to fix it. I think the most important advice I have for younger students is to never think you are not good enough, and so always like try stuff, especially when it comes to college students-- college season. You should always apply to the schools you think you want to go to, even if they seems like a reach, you should never just give up on them, and be like “oh they will never take me”. Because you really never know and you never know what schools are going to accept you. My advice for younger students is to never stop pushing yourself, put everything you can on your plate, when an opportunity comes don’t reject it. Even if it does seems impossible you’ll always find a way to overcome it. I would thank my mom, my dad for raising me and always being there for me. My friends, I love them so much, and they done so much for me. Especially when everything became so chaotic. I want to thank my guidance counselor, he’s the best for always giving me opportunities and always like pushing me to do more and be myself, and reach my fullest potential. I’d like to thank my mom because she signed me up for my first piano lessons and I remember when I was pretty young, I didn’t want to do them. But I eventually grew to love piano and without her I probably wouldn’t be at Boston Arts Academy. I think at this point the most important guide for me is my mentor, he was my history teacher in school, now one of the most influential people in my life, he was sort of that support. When I started BDEA at that time, he was sort of that anchor to keep me there. So a few teachers have been really really vital in my high school experience. First of all the classics teachers at my school, especially the sponsors at the JCL which is the classics club I have been a part of for six years now. Also I like to thank my Italian teacher Mrs. Verano and my other Italian teacher Mrs. Myette, because Italian was something that I took a really big step in, I really motivated myself to trying learn something new while at Boston Latin School and they were the ones that really allowed me to foster an incredible appreciation and love for Italian, which I never would have expected going in but it’s something I’m incredible appreciative now. I would say that all my junior year teachers, and senior year teachers, all of them. Because they all helped me a lot, they helped me to persevere and get over my fear of being an ESL student and being afraid of speaking and presenting myself, as a-- part of the community. They accepted me and that’s what was great about it. [MUSIC]



Dr. Carol R. Johnson (back row, far left), former Superintendent of the Boston Public Schools, meets students and their teacher Mrs. McClain and principal at the Bates Elementary School in Roslindale.
Dr. Carol R. Johnson (back row, far left), former Superintendent of the Boston Public Schools, meets students and their teacher Mrs. McClain and principal at the Bates Elementary School in Roslindale.

The district is led by a Superintendent, hired by the Boston School Committee, a seven-member school board appointed by the mayor after approval by a nominating committee of specified stakeholders.[7] The School Committee sets policy for the district and approves the district's annual operating budget. This governing body replaced a 13-member elected committee after a public referendum vote in 1991.[8] The superintendent serves as a member of the mayor's cabinet.

From October 1995 through June 2006, Dr. Thomas W. Payzant served as superintendent. A former undersecretary in the US Department of Education, Payzant was the first superintendent selected by the appointed School Committee. Upon Dr. Payzant's retirement, Chief Operating Officer Michael G. Contompasis, former headmaster of Boston Latin School, became Interim Superintendent, and was appointed superintendent in October 2006. Dr. Manuel J. Rivera, superintendent of the Rochester City School District, had agreed to become the next superintendent of the BPS, but instead accepted a post as deputy secretary for public education for New York Governor Eliot Spitzer. In June 2007, the Boston School Committee voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Carol R. Johnson as the next superintendent, beginning in August 2007. Dr. Johnson had served as superintendent of the Memphis City Schools since 2003. Dr. Johnson's tenure ended in summer 2013, and John McDonough served as interim superintendent until July 1, 2015.[9] Currently the superintendent is Dr. Tommy Chang.

The mayor and Boston City Council have control over the overall appropriation for the Boston Public Schools, but the School Committee has control over how funding is allocated internally, and has control over policy.[10]

List of Superintendents

  • Laura Perille (2018 - ) Interim
  • Dr. Thomas Chang (2015–2018)
  • John McDonough (2012–2015) Interim
  • Dr. Carol R. Johnson (2007–2012)
  • Michael G. Contompasis (2006–2007) Interim
  • Dr. Thomas W. Payzant (1995–2006)
  • Lois Harrison-Jones (1991–1995)
  • Dr. Laval S. Wilson (1985–1991)
  • Robert R. Spillane (1981–1985)[11]


BPS is the oldest public school system in America, founded in 1647.[12] It is also the home of the nation's first public school, Boston Latin School, founded in 1635.[12] The Mather School opened in 1639 as the nation's first public elementary school,[13] and English High School, the second public high school in the country, opened in 1821.[12]

In the mid-1970s, conflict raged in Boston's schools over forced busing of students. The state had enacted the Racial Imbalance Law in 1965, requiring school districts to design and implement plans to effect racial balancing in schools that were more than 50% "non-white". After years of consistent failure by the Boston School Committee to comply with the law, the U.S District Court ruled in 1974 that the schools were unconstitutionally segregated, and implemented as a remedy the busing of many students from their neighborhood schools to other schools across the city.[12] The busing aroused fierce criticism among some residents — from 1974 there were a great many protests at Boston schools, some of which turned violent, and in 1975 the Boston Police Department stationed uniformed officers in South Boston High School, Charlestown High and other schools.[14] An exodus of the city's white residents to the suburbs or private schools followed. In 2012, 13% of Boston public school students were white and 22% middle class or affluent.[15]

In September 2006 the district won the Broad Prize for Urban Education. The national prize, sponsored by philanthropist Eli Broad, includes $500,000 in college scholarships to graduates from the winning district. In most years since the prize program began in 2002, Boston has been a finalist, earning $125,000 in scholarships each year.


In 2017 the district's schools began using the Gall-Peters map projection instead of the Mercator map projection on the grounds that the latter misrepresents the sizes of continents along the Equator.[16]

Student assignment policy

Boston Public Schools (BPS) operates schools throughout the city of Boston. BPS assigns students based on preferences of the applicants and priorities of students in various zones.[17]

Since 1989, the city has broken the district into three zones for elementary- and middle-school students. High schoolers can choose any school throughout the city, since they can ride public transportation.[18] Due to the geography of East Boston, for all grade levels each child in East Boston is guaranteed a seat at a school in East Boston.[17]

In 2013, the Boston School Committee voted to begin a new school choice system for the 2014-15 school year and beyond. The new plan, called "Home-Based," measures schools through a combination of MCAS scores and growth, which are grouped in four tiers. Every family has at least two schools within the top tier, four in the top half of performance, and six in the top 75%. Families also are able to list any school within one mile of their home. The plan was first approved by an External Advisory Committee made up of parents, academic experts and community leaders. It was developed by an academic team from Harvard and MIT, which volunteered for the project after hearing about the community process in 2012. The District launched a website,[19] to help the community follow the process and contribute.


Early Childhood Education

These schools offer programs starting at either age 3 (K0) or age 4 (K1) and ending in either the first or third grade.

  • Baldwin Early Learning Center (Pilot)
  • East Boston Early Education Center
  • Ellison/Parks Early Education School
  • Haynes Early Education Center
  • West Zone Early Learning Center

Elementary schools

  • Adams Elementary School
  • Bates Elementary School
  • Beethoven Elementary School
  • Blackstone Elementary School
  • Bradley Elementary School
  • Channing Elementary School
  • Condon Elementary School
  • Chittick Elementary School
  • Conley Elementary School
  • Dever Elementary School
  • Dudley Street Neighborhood School (Charter)
  • Elihu Greenwood Leadership Academy
  • Ellis Elementary School
  • Everett Elementary School
  • Grew Elementary School
  • Guild Elementary School
  • Hale Elementary School
  • Haley Elementary School
  • Harvard/Kent Elementary School
  • Henderson Elementary lower school
  • Henderson Elementary Upper school
  • Hennigan Elementary School
  • Holland Elementary School
  • Holmes Elementary School
  • Kennedy, J. F. Elementary School
  • Kennedy, P. J. Elementary School
  • Kenny Elementary School
  • Lyon High School
  • Manning Elementary School
  • Marshall Elementary School
  • Mason Elementary School
  • Mather Elementary School
  • Mattahunt Elementary School
  • McKinley Elementary School
  • Mendell Elementary School
  • Mozart Elementary School
  • O'Donnell Elementary School
  • Otis Elementary School
  • Perkins Elementary School
  • Philbrick Elementary School
  • Quincy Elementary School
  • Roger Clap Innovation School
  • Russell Elementary School
  • Sumner Elementary School
  • Taylor Elementary School
  • Trotter Elementary School
  • Tynan Elementary School
  • Winship Elementary School
  • Winthrop Elementary School

K-8 Schools

  • Boston Teachers Union School K-8 (Pilot)
  • Curley K-8 School
  • Donald McKay K-8 school
  • Edison K-8 School
  • Eliot K-8 School
  • Greenwood (Sarah) K-8 School
  • Hernández K-8 School
  • Higginson/Lewis K-8 School
  • Hurley K-8 School
  • Jackson/Mann K-8 School
  • Kilmer K-8 School
  • King K-8 School
  • Lee K-8 School
  • Lyndon K-8 School (Pilot)
  • Lyon K–8 School
  • Mario Umana Academy
  • McKay K-8 School
  • Mildred Avenue K-8 School
  • Mission Hill School (Pilot)
  • Murphy K-8 School
  • Orchard Gardens K-8 School (Pilot)
  • Perry K-8 School
  • Roosevelt K-8 School
  • Tobin K-8 School
  • Warren/Prescott K-8 School
  • Young Achievers Science and Math K-8 (Pilot)

Middle schools

6-12 Schools

  • Dearborn STEM Academy
  • Henderson Upper School
  • Josiah Quincy Upper School (Pilot)

High schools

K-12 Schools

Exam Schools

The following schools serve students in grades 7–12 and admit students based on their grades and the Independent School Entrance Examination.

Former Boston Public Schools

See also


  1. ^ "Office of the Superintendent / Office of the Superintendent".
  2. ^ a b "Enrollment Data (2017-18) - Boston (00350000)".
  3. ^
  4. ^ a b "Teacher Data (2013-14) - Boston (00350000)".
  5. ^ "Boston Public Schools at a Glance 2009–2010" (PDF). Boston Public Schools. February 25, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 10, 2010. Retrieved November 17, 2010.
  6. ^
  7. ^ School Committee Members Nomination and Appointment Procedure, BPS Website Archived December 3, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Founding Legislation: Chapter 108, BPS Website Archived July 9, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Archived August 7, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ External Actors and the Boston Public Schools—The Courts, the Business Community, and the Mayor Archived October 6, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  11. ^ "Robert R. Spillane, Boston Public Schools superintendent in early 1980s, dies at 80 - The Boston Globe".
  12. ^ a b c d About Boston Public Schools Archived October 4, 2006, at the Wayback Machine United Nations Associate of the United States of America (UNA-USA)
  13. ^ "Notable Events in Massachusetts History".
  14. ^ Boston: Preparing for the Worst TIME Sep. 15, 1975 (Subscription required.)
  15. ^ Dana Goldstein (10 October 2012), Bostonians Committed to School Diversity Haven't Given Up on Busing The Atlantic
  16. ^ "Boston public schools map switch aims to amend 500 years of distortion". The Guardian. 2017-03-19. Retrieved 2017-03-21.
  17. ^ a b "Student Assignment Policy Archived June 13, 2010, at the Wayback Machine." Boston Public Schools. Retrieved on April 15, 2009.
  18. ^ WBUR,
  19. ^ Archived 2013-08-17 at the Wayback Machine

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