Admissions Information

The John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science is one of Boston’s three exam schools. Exam schools require that all students take the Independent Schools Entrance Exam (ISEE) before they are accepted. You are encouraged to learn more about the application process for the exam schools by viewing a BPS video here.

Frequently Asked Questions are below. For more information, feel free to contact the Boston Public Schools’ Office of Enrollment Planning and Support at or call 617-635-9512.

Frequently Asked Questions About Entrance to the O’Bryant School

Q. What is the application process for the school?
A. The application process for the exam schools includes test scores from the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE), Boston residency, and student grade information.

Q. How do I sign my child up to take the exam?
A. Please visit the Boston Public Schools Exam School page for complete and official information. Information packets will be available at ALL Boston Public School middle schools in mid-September each year. Testing locations and times will be included in the information packet.

Q. What is the name of the entrance test? When is the test date?
A. The Independent Schools Entrance Exam (ISEE) will be held on a Saturday in November. Eligible students must be enrolled in grades 6, 8, or 9. Check the Boston Public Schools website for exam information by clicking here.

Q. Can me and my student tour the school?
A.  We have three Preview days for prospective students and families. The dates/times of these Preview days are: December 4th from 6:00 – 7:30pm, December 18th from 8:00 – 9:30am, and January 9th from 12 – 1:30pm. The Preview days will consist of an info session about the school and a short tour. Please click HERE to register for one of the Preview days. 

Q. Can my student complete a shadow day?
A. Yes. We will have more information about shadow days in Spring 2020. 


If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact the school at 617-635-9932