Enrolling in Blackstone Valley Prep
Applications for the 2019-20 school year open October 21, 2018.
Please visit SchoolMint to apply or to view the status of your application.
The application for the 2019-20 school year opens on October 21, 2018. The application window closes on February 16, 2019, at 11:59 p.m.
If you have applied, please check to make sure your contact information is accurate in SchoolMint to avoid notification delays.
Your Application Status
The lottery will be conducted on March 1, 2019. Parents will be notified by March 5, 2019, if their child has been accepted. Children who do not receive a seat will be notified of their assigned waitlist number.
If a seat opens for a child on the waitlist following the initial lottery, you will be notified via SchoolMint, a program used to manage the application process.
All applications submitted after the lottery closes will be added to the end of the waitlist.
Visiting Blackstone Valley Prep
Are you interested in learning more about BVP for your child?
We host several Open Houses during our application window. Check back soon for dates.
What Makes BVP Different?
Last year, a BVP scholar, his family, and our staff went on camera to tell our story in a new way. While data and descriptions of our practices are important to share, we believe the most authentic way to describe what we do is by allowing our scholars and parents to tell their stories.
“The opportunity to choose where my son goes to school gave me the ability to seek out a program that fit my son's educational needs and I am grateful for it.”
“To find a school culture that prioritizes both diversity, as well as high-expectations for academics to support her future in college and the world beyond, is wonderful. We’ve been thrilled with our daughter’s progress and truly love the school.”
“A BVP scholar is what every child is: dynamic, unique, and special in every way. Any child could be a BVP scholar because BVP serves all children.”
“It is so important to me that my daughter’s world is made up of people from many background, and my daughter experiences this every day at BVP.”
“My family can’t say enough- I'm grateful everyday that my daughter's exposed to high academic rigor, homework, activities, and a community of motivated teachers.”
Enrollment Frequently Asked Questions
Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy is an intentionally diverse, tuition-free network of public charter schools that serves students by lottery from four communities—Central Falls, Cumberland, Lincoln, and Pawtucket. Our mission is to prepare every scholar for success in college and the world beyond.
Our school day is about eight hours long and includes one enrichment per day. Models for daily schedules vary by grade level. For more information, see our “Day in the Life” sheets on the About Us page of our website.
The application deadline for the 2019-20 school year is February 16, 2019, at 11:59 p.m.
Families were able to apply on their phones through an iOS and Android application called SchoolMint.
Families who did not have internet access at home or through a phone were welcome to come into any BVP school where a kiosk was made available.
Applications were not available on paper.
Blackstone Valley Prep is a network of tuition-free public schools. There is no cost to apply and there is no cost to enroll.
There is no entrance exam. The only requirement is residency in one of BVP’s four sending communities (Central Falls, Cumberland, Lincoln, and Pawtucket).
YES. All children on the waitlist for previous school years must reapply each year. Waitlists are only valid for the current school year.
There are approximately 225 Kindergarten seats available each year.
If you are applying for a seat in grades 1 – 12, the lottery is used to determine your waitlist number.
You will receive your waitlist number after the lottery in March, but the waitlist does not activate until July 1. Availability for grades 1 – 12 is based entirely on whether our current scholars indicate that they will return next year. As such, we do not know how many seats will be available in grades 1 – 12 until after we complete the current school year.
There is high demand, but we still encourage every single family to apply if they are interested.
If your family has ever qualified for subsidized meals at other schools, or your family receives any public assistances, including SNAP, WIC, or TANF, you may be eligible for Free and Reduced Priced Meals. If you apply online, there is a calculator on the application to help determine your eligibility.
BVP provides free bus service. Specific transportation information will be discussed during enrollment meetings, which are held after the lottery. For a list of current stops, you can find our current bus schedule on our website.
All siblings must apply to the lottery every year. Siblings are given preference in the lottery above non-sibling applicants. If there are no available seats, then siblings are given preference on the waitlist.
Each year, the lottery runs on March 1 for the following school year.
BVP’s lottery will be conducted on March 1 with auditors from KLR present. Families will be notified via the contact information they provided on SchoolMint (either email or text message) by March 5. Families who are waitlisted will be notified of their waitlist status and have the ability to monitor their status through SchoolMint. If/when a seat becomes available, families will be notified of a seat offer and given the option to accept the seat directly through SchoolMint, or by contacting BVP.