Now Accepting Applications for the 2023-2024 School Year! Apply Today for Grades K1-11!

The application will be open through February 28, 2023, and our enrollment lottery will take place on Wednesday, March 8, 2023 (snow date, March 9th).
*For more information please email .

The Application Process

Neighborhood House Charter School is a tuition-free open enrollment charter school for grades K1-12. We serve approximately 800 scholars across two campuses in Dorchester, MA. Families must complete a basic application by the application deadline to enter their child(ren) into the lottery. We encourage any family who is eligible to apply. To be eligible, your family must meet the following criteria: The student is a resident of Massachusetts. The student must be 4 years of age by September 1 of the school year in which they enroll.

Enrollment Preferences

Siblings of current NHCS scholars receive enrollment priority in the lottery for open seats. An application must still be completed for each sibling applying. Among all remaining applicants, preference is given to residents of Boston. For more information, please feel free to read the NHCS Enrollment Policy, approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.


Waitlists do not carry over from year to year. You must reapply for your scholar each year.

Notice to Applicants

NHCS provides this notice of the rights of scholars with diverse learning needs to attend NHCS and to receive accommodations and support services, including scholars who may have disability, require special education, or are English language learners.

Tour Opportunities for Prospective Families

Lower & Middle School Tours – 21 Queen St. Campus (Grades K1-7):

*tours last approximately 30 minutes

TUESDAYS: 10-11am and 1-2pm

February 7th
February 14th

High School Tours – 197 Centre St. Campus (Grades 8-12):

*tours run approximately 30 minutes


February 8th
February 15th

TO SIGN UP FOR A TOUR, please email with the following information at least one week prior to the tour date:

  • Parent/Guardian name and student name & grade applying
  • Campus, date, and time slot for your tour

If you can’t make one of these events, don’t worry! We will be hosting Admitted Family Receptions in March for students who receive an enrollment offer and their families.

Watch our new videos to learn how NHCS is equipping our scholars with the tools they need to succeed in and lead for a rapidly changing and more equitable future.