Resources for Supporting Immigrant Students and Families

BPS: We Dream Together

For information in various languages, please visit the "By Language" page or click the following links for resources in languages including Arabic (العربية), Cape Verdean Creole (Kriolu di Kabu Verdi), Chinese (中文), Haitian Creole (Kreyòl Ayisyen), Portuguese (Português), Somali (Soomaali), Spanish (Español), Vietnamese (Tiếng Việt) and more.

Letter to the BPS Community

Office of the Superintendent Tommy Chang, Ed.D., Superintendent Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building 2300 Washington Street Roxbury, Massachusetts 02119


Boston Public Schools is committed to providing safe, healthy and welcoming spaces for students that can ensure that students are able to focus on their learning while being confident in knowing the we will protect the rights of our students and provide them with their constitutional right to a free public school education. Our students are our top priority, and we will do everything in our power to protect their rights and ensure all students get a quality education. Nothing is more important than putting all of our students on the path to success.

We take pride in BPS’ diversity. BPS and Boston are the strong, vibrant, and diverse hubs they are because of the amazing and significant cultural contributions made by our immigrant and refugee students and parents, our principals and teachers that strive for excellence, and a caring staff that foster a true ‘Culture of We’. BPS stands in solidarity with all of you! We are dedicated to maintaining a clear focus on sustaining the personal, cultural, and linguistic identities of our students, their families, and our staff.

BPS’ policy is to maintain safe, healthy and welcoming schools that are free from harassment, bullying, and discrimination on account of actual or perceived race, color, physical or mental disability, homelessness, sex/gender, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, or sexual orientation.

In creating safe spaces aimed at protecting undocumented students and refugees, BPS has developed a website with resources to support the safety and emotional well-being of all students, regardless of immigration status.

The website contains a variety of resources:

Educational Resources: useful links for school leaders, teachers, and support staff to support students and families when conversations arise about immigration and diversity

Family Resources: resources to assist families in understanding their rights, information about BPS, City of Boston, and other community resources, and useful tips to help families discuss current events with their children

Student Resources: resources to assist students with understanding their rights and how to navigate their everyday lives as immigrant or refugee students

Learning Opportunities: upcoming learning opportunities provided for educators and support staff to understand stress and its impact on teaching and learning; learning opportunities for parents to learn more about issues related to immigration and refugee status

Additional Resources: resources to assist families and students identify non-profit organizations and legal assistance that can help them understand their status and immigration options

We at Boston Public Schools (BPS) are aware of and empathetic to the concerns of our immigrant families who are facing uncertain times. BPS continues to work closely with the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Advancement and numerous community partners on providing helpful information and services to immigrant families, including students and educators. BPS is committed to fostering a safe, welcoming environment for all students regardless of their immigration status. There has been, and will continue to be, a clear focus on sustaining the personal, cultural, and linguistic identities of our students and families.

Boston Public Schools Superintendent

A Message from Dr. Tommy Chang

"We will continue to stand up for all of our students and families, regardless of their immigration statuses,” said BPS Superintendent Tommy Chang. “We will welcome and teach every single student who enters our classrooms. Diversity and inclusion are at the core of our values as a school system and as a city. We are a 'Culture of We,' and we are one BPS family."

—— Superintendent Tommy Chang, January 28, 2017

If you or any family need additional information or technical support please contact Melody Feng in the Office of English Language Learners at (617)635-9435 or email

Boston Public Schools Vision

As the birthplace of public education in this nation, the Boston Public Schools is committed to transforming the lives of all children through exemplary teaching in a world-class system of innovative, welcoming schools. We partner with the community, families, and students to develop in every learner the knowledge, skill, and character to excel in college, career, and life.

BPS educators, staff and members of the BTU joined United We Dream and many other educators across the United States to support our DACA, refugee, and immigrant students. #HereToSay

Boston Public Schools Featured Update

Boston Public Schools has recently updated and made some changes to the Superintendent Circular regarding Educational Access for all Students. We want all families to know that will continue to welcome them and support them, and honor their constitutional right to a free and uninterrupted public school education.

Follow the links below to access the circular in its entirety.

For English, please click here.

Pa Criolu di Cabo Verde, karka li.

Pour français, cliquez ici.

Pou Kreyòl Ayisyen, klike isi a.

Para Português, pressiona aquí.

Para español, haga clic aquí.

Muốn xem bằng tiếng Việt, xin bấm vào đây.


Af Soomaali, halkan riix.

.لقراءة باللغة العربية، يرجى الضغط هنا

SUP-08 EducationalAccessforAll FINAL.pdf

Dr. Esparza meets with Chris Lovett at BNN News

A Glimpse at American Immigrants

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Albert Einstein1 Isabel Allende2 Citizenship Oath Ceremony3 Ieoh Ming Pei4 Farah Pandith5

Mayor Walsh Press Conference on Immigration

Featured Community Update

Citizenship Day Boston 2017 will be on Saturday, September 23!

    • Are you 18?
    • Have you been a legal permanent resident for 5 years OR 3 years if you’re married to a US citizen?
    • Can you read, write, speak English?
    • Want help with your citizenship application?

Come to our clinic September 23 and get the help you need for FREE!

To register or for more info, visit <> or call (617) 694-5949.

The flyer is available in the following languages:

EN_Citizenship Day 2017.pdf

Boston Public Schools

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