Frequently Asked Questions


Do you accept applications for all grades?

Applications for each grade level are accepted as enrollment space becomes available. Our primary entry point is our Early Childhood Center, which is a full­-day, five-day-per-week program. Enrollment grows slightly for our Kindergarten program, and the grade size will remain consistent through our Sixth Grade year.

What are the age requirements for admission?

Early Childhood Center: age 4 by September 1
Kindergarten: age 5 by September 1
First Grade: age 6 by September 1

What is the tuition?

Please refer to our Tuition and Financial Assistance page for information about annual tuition rates and affording an Advent education. Advent has an historic commitment to providing access to the School through financial aid grants to families with demonstrated need.


What are the School hours?

School opens at 7:45 a.m. and classes begin at 8:30 a.m. Dismissal is at 3:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and on Friday dismissal is at 12:30 p.m. After-school education is available every day until 5 p.m., with extended care available until 6 p.m.

What is the diversity of the School?

The Advent School was founded to represent the diversity of Boston and diversity remains central to our mission. Racial, ethnic, religious, family composition, and socio­economic diversity are all represented and celebrated within our community.

What neighborhoods are represented in the student body?

The Advent School attracts families from all over the Boston area, including the neighborhoods of Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Charlestown, Dorchester, East Boston, North End, South End, among others; the towns of Cambridge and Somerville; and other nearby towns and suburbs.


How is the Reggio Emilia­-inspired approach translated to the upper grades?

All faculty at The Advent School are inspired by principles of the Reggio Emilia Approach. There is a shift in the curriculum from our Early Childhood Center and Kindergarten classrooms, which relies on an emergent curriculum influenced by the student community. In First through Sixth Grades, the curriculum is determined by teachers and the theme for that particular grade level.

What does co­-teaching look like at Advent?

At Advent, co-teachers are partners for everything that happens within their classroom. The co-teaching model allows for real-time assessment and documentation, small-group work, and differentiation of learning. Each teaching team is a model of collaboration for students.

Is additional academic support offered during the regular school day?

The Advent School will work with families to identify any need for one­-on-­one and small group tutoring to those who require support in literacy and mathematics.

Is there a summer program?

Yes! Advent runs an engineering and design summer program which is open to families enrolled at Advent and members of the greater Boston community.

Is there an after-­school program?

Our After-­School Education Program runs each school day until 6:00 p.m, offering enrichment ranging from outdoor games, science exploration and crafts, to private music and voice lessons, homework club, cooking, and gardening courses. Advent also offers programming for students on Parent­-Teacher Conference days, and during the February and April vacation weeks.

Is there foreign language instruction?

Spanish is offered in all grade levels. In addition to learning to speak, read, and write in Spanish, students are introduced to Spanish-­speaking cultures around the globe as a part of their curriculum. Additional language programs are offered in the After-­School Program.

School Life

What does parent involvement look like at Advent?

Parents are deeply involved in the life of the School. The Parents Association organizes programming for families including socials, community service projects, and other events that mirror Advent’s mission. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities available that can accommodate busy schedules.

Is there a dress code?

There is no formal dress code, but students are asked to wear neat, clean, and appropriate clothing. Students have recess on our playground each day, so children are asked to bring outerwear appropriate for all types of weather. Students are required to wear sneakers for PE classes.

Is transportation provided?

The City of Boston provides bus transportation to children, age 5 to Sixth Grade, who are city residents and live within The Advent School zone (BPS North Zone).

Is there a lunch program?

Students bring their lunches, and one or two snacks, from home each day. All snacks and lunches must be nut-­free in accordance with School policy. We encourage students to bring reusable containers, silverware, and water bottles to help reduce our daily waste. The School participates in composting and recycling programs to further reduce our impact on the environment.