As the birthplace of public education, BPS is committed to transforming the lives of its 56,000 students through exemplary teaching in a system of innovative and welcoming schools. With the support of BPS, every child has great teachers and school leaders who encourage them to develop the knowledge, skill, and character that will allow them to excel in college, their careers, and their lives.
Boston Public Schools emphasize the critical role that the arts play in a well-rounded education. In 2009, BPS began its Arts Expansion program focused on a coherent, sustainable approach to quality arts education for all BPS students. To support the expansion, local foundations, the school district, arts organizations, higher education institutions and the Mayor's office formed a public-private partnership to develop creative, engaged learners. In just eight years, BPS has had enormous success in changing the landscape for arts education in Boston. Since 2009, an additional 17,000 students have experienced the arts during the school day whether it be dance, music, theater, or visual + media arts.