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Old 10-08-2012, 07:50 PM
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If one is currently out-of-state on west coast, can one take the entrance exam and then, if child passes then move to Boston from out-of-state. Or if child does not 'pass', then move outside of Boston city proper from out-of-state.
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Old 10-09-2012, 05:52 PM
Location: Needham, MA
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I believe you have to establish residency before your child can take the exam, but I would suggest giving a call to the school superintendent's office to verify.
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Old 10-10-2012, 06:29 AM
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I'm 99% sure Mike is correct. You must establish and prove rescidency is Boston prior to taking the exam. I believe owning a home in Boston is not enough, you need to actually live there.
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Old 10-10-2012, 12:18 PM
Location: West Roxbury, MA
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From the BPS website:

"Students must be residents of Boston to apply for and attend an exam school. This means that students planning to take the test in November 2012 for admission to one of the district's three exam schools, the parent/guardian must demonstrate Boston residency in person at a Family Resource Center beginning October 1st, but no later than Friday, November 2, 2012.
The residency verification requirement applies to students currently attending private, parochial, METCO, charter schools, schools outside the City of Boston, and students being home-schooled. Even if you have other children enrolled in BPS, you must complete the residency verification process for the exam school applicant."

You can take it from out-of-state:

If you are not currently a Boston resident or require another test date, you can register online for a national test administration with the Educational Records Bureau (ERB); however, the deadline for a national test administration is November 17, 2012.
Students applying to multiple schools including the exam schools may want to consider taking the ISEE at a national test site since the BPS test administration does not include the essay component. Please note that ERB charges a test fee for this process. The school code for the Boston Exam Schools is 888888. To register for a national test administration, please call 1-800-446-0320 or visit the ERB website.


Now as strange as this is going to sound, since this is from the BPS website, I would suggest you verify it by making a call. A poster on this forum was about to move from Texas to Boston based on info from the BPS website which <clearly> said his kids would go to the school closest to his home. ("Enter your zip code and we'll tell you what school your child will attend." Yikes!!!) I don't know whether he stumbled across a beta site, or what, but that is <<so>>far from the truth. We had a nice email conversation and his family is happily settled in a town north of Boston with good schools and no lottery.

In the old days, while yes, you had to be a resident to attend, it didn't have to be <before you took the test> for heaven's sake, you at least got to know whether you got in!
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