FAQWhat is a charter school?
A charter school is an independently run public school granted greater flexibility in its operations, in return for greater accountability for performance. Massachusetts charter schools must have their charters renewed every five years.
How do charter schools accept students?
Charter schools accept students completely at random through a public lottery.
Is there a cost to attend a charter school?
Absolutely not. Charter schools are tuition-free, like all public schools. All students, regardless of background, are eligible to submit an application for the lottery.
How is the school funded?
The school receives public funding in the form of per-pupil tuition revenue from the state and federal entitlement grants to pay for operating expenses. Boston Collegiate looks to private funders to support significant facility expenses and special initiatives.
Do you provide tutoring or extra help for students?
Yes. We provide many levels of academic support, including Homework Club, afterschool tutoring by teachers themselves, peer tutoring, Saturday School, Reading Buddies, and MCAS & SAT prep.
Do you provide transportation?
Yes. School bus service is provided through Boston Public Schools for students in grades 5 and 6 living in any of the neighborhoods of Boston. The school currently enrolls students from all 13 Boston neighborhoods. Boston Collegiate also provides discounted MBTA student passes.
My child is on an IEP or receiving other special services, can you accommodate his/her needs?
Yes. We accommodate all children and their individual learning needs.
Do you have sports or any other extracurricular activities?
Yes, we have a rich extra-curricular program for all students in good academic standing. Click here to learn more about our extracurriculars and varsity sports.
Is there a school uniform?
Yes, the lower and middle school uniform consists of khaki pants/skirts and navy blue polo/sweaters/sweatshirts purchased through a uniform company. The high school uniform also includes light blue and white collared and polo shirts.
How does a family apply to your school?
A family must have a child who will be entering the 5th, 6th, 7th, or 8th grades and must submit an application by the March deadline. All students who have applied by the deadline will be entered into our public lottery held in early/mid-March. For more information on applying to BCCS, please click here.
When can a family apply?
Due to the size of our lower and middle school waiting list, it is best to apply for enrollment when your child will be entering the 5th grade. The enrollment process runs from early January to early March of each year.
Does Boston Collegiate have a waiting list?
Yes, our current waiting list totals over 2,500 students. We maintain waiting lists for 5th-8th grades and in the fall of each year we begin recruitment for the next entering 5th grade class.