Nearly a quarter of 7th-12th-graders in the Boston Public Schools (BPS) attend one of three exam schools, considered among the highest quality schools in the district. The exam schools’ student bodies do not, however, reflect the city’s diversity. Black and Hispanic students comprise nearly 75% of Boston’s student age population but represent only 40% of enrollment at the three schools and only 20% of enrollment at the most selective, Boston Latin School (BLS). In this brief, we attempt to identify contributors to the lack of diversity in exam school enrollment, as well as potential solutions to that problem.


Goodman, Joshua, and Melanie Rucinski. "Increasing Diversity in Boston’s Exam Schools." Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, October 2018.