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It's time to start planning for the Boston Public Schools for the 2016-2017 school year.  Your chances of getting your school choices are better if you register before the end of January, so you'll want to visit schools in November and December. You can learn about the school choice and registration process by visiting and

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About Downtown Schools for Boston: 

We are a group of five hundred Boston parents, grandparents and other supporters, working to:
  • Add and expand public elementary schools in Boston's downtown neighborhoods, and engage our downtown neighborhoods with the Boston Public Schools.
  • Make it possible for more children to attend Boston Public Schools, and help more families stay in downtown Boston.
  • Support efforts to improve the quality of downtown public schools.
Families in the downtown neighborhoods want public schools that reflect the diversity of the City of Boston.

We strongly support the Boston Public Schools and the City of Boston.  Our efforts will help continue the steady improvement we have seen in the quality of the Boston Public Schools, across the city. 

In addition, we are adding to the quality choices for other neighborhoods in Boston.  A large share of the new seats in downtown schools would be available to families from other neighborhoods.  And new seats would also free the capacity we currently use in the public schools in nearby neighborhoods.  

We hope to involve residents in all of the downtown neighborhoods.  Our focus is on the downtown neighborhoods that currently have no public elementary schools:  Audubon Circle, the Fenway, Kenmore Square, the Back Bay, Beacon Hill, the West End, and Central Boston (Downtown Crossing, Downtown North, Government Center, and the Financial District).

Downtown Schools for Boston, Inc. is a volunteer organization and a Massachusetts non-profit corporation, and is registered as a public charity with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.


The Beacon Hill Times' Suzanne Besser looked at the critical role of schools in Making Beacon Hill Inviting to Young Families, as part of a review of the issues raised by the Beacon Hill Civic Association in the strategic plan for the neighborhood.   (December 17, 2013)

To assist voters across Boston's downtown neighborhoods in making their decisions in the September 24th and November 5th elections for Mayor and City Council, the community group Downtown Schools for Boston prepared a Voter Guide outlining candidates' views. The Voter Guide was prepared from responses to a questionnaire about schools and the downtown neighborhoods.  (October 24, 2013)

Our press release about the Downtown Schools for Boston Voter Guide explains how important it is to vote, and to ask your friends and neighbors to vote, in Boston's municipal elections.  (September 9, 2013)

Read the article that appeared in the Back Bay Sun and Beacon Hill Times about our survey of the Mayoral candidates.   (September 10, 2013)

Congratulations to Jay Livingstone on his election and swearing-in as the State Representative for the 8th Suffolk District! The State Representative for the 8th Suffolk District represents many of our neighborhoods, and Representative Livingstone is an important partner in our efforts.  (July 17, 2013)

In May, we asked a number of questions of the candidates for 8th Suffolk Representative, and have summarized their responses on this page. (May 22, 2013)

Downtown parents: North End school a good start, but more options needed, from   (March 26, 2013)

Downtown School is a Step Closer to Reality: Site Selected by Mayor Menino, in The Back Bay Sun.   (March 19, 2013)

Reactions from the Downtown Schools Coalition, in The Back Bay Sun.   (March 19, 2013)

Read our letter to the Boston School Committee in support of the recommendations of the External Advisory Committee on Improving School Choice.   (March 11, 2013)

School Activists Talk Possible Sites with the BRA, from the Boston Courant.   (February 8, 2013)

City Commits to a Downtown School, from the Boston Courant.   (February 1, 2013)

Fresh Approach to Opening New Public Schools, from the Beacon Hill Times.   (January 22, 2013)

Forty Years of No Schools, by Karen Taylor at   (January 15, 2013)

Read about our our request to the Boston Redevelopment Authority to consider including a public school in a development in the Back Bay, and see questions and answers about our request(January 7, 2013)

Push for a School Downtown is Reborn in the Boston Courant.   (December 14, 2012)
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