Enrolling in Blackstone Valley Prep

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Enrollment Information

The application for the 2020-2021 school year opened October 23, 2019 and closed February 25, 2020.

If you have applied, please check to make sure your contact information is accurate in SchoolMint to avoid notification delays.

Your Application Status

Lottery results were posted to SchoolMint on March 6, 2020. Only Kindergarten seats are available immediately through the lottery. Children who do not receive a seat will be notified of their assigned waitlist number. All applications for grades 1-12 are assigned a waitlist number through the lottery.

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.

You can view your waitlist status on SchoolMint anytime after the lottery is complete. You can also check your status via the Android and iOS SchoolMint apps.

All applications submitted after the lottery closes (2/25) will be added to the end of the waitlist for the desired grade level.

Contact us with lottery questions

Most questions are answered in the FAQ section below. Still don’t see the answer you need? Email us at enrollment@blackstonevalleyprep.org

Visiting Blackstone Valley Prep

Are you interested in learning more about BVP for your child? We host two Open Houses during National School Choice Week.

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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.

parent testimonial

  • “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.”

    Krystal Vasquez, Parent
  • “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.”

    Georgia Shaban, Parent
  • “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.”

    Lina Mejia, Parent
  • “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.”

    Lina Mejia, Parent
  • “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.”

    Teague Shosh, Parent

Enrollment Frequently Asked Questions

What is BVP’s mission?

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.

What is a school day like at BVP?

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 the Academics page of our website.

When is the lottery application deadline?

The application deadline for the 2020-2021 school year was February 25, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.

Where can I find information about the Blackstone Valley Prep (BVP) Lottery and apply?

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.

Are there any costs?

Blackstone Valley Prep is a network of tuition-free public schools. There is no cost to apply and there is no cost to enroll.

Is there an entrance exam?

There is no entrance exam. The only requirement is residency in one of BVP’s four sending communities (Central Falls, Cumberland, Lincoln, and Pawtucket).

My child is already on the waitlist. Do I need to do anything else?

Y​ES. All children on the waitlist for previous school years must re­apply each year. Waitlists are only valid for the current school year.

How many lottery spots are available?

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.

How many people have applied for the lottery?

There is high demand, but we still encourage every single family to apply if they are interested.

How do I know if my child is eligible for Free and Reduced Price Lunch?

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.

Is bus service provided at no cost?

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.

Do brothers and sisters automatically get into BVP?

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.

When is the lottery?

Each year, the lottery occurs in early March for the following school year.

How and when will families be notified?

BVP’s lottery will be conducted in early March with auditors from KLR present. Families will be notified via the contact information they provided on SchoolMint (either email or text message) by March 13. 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.