This point datalayer shows the locations of schools in Massachusetts. Schools appearing in this layer are those attended by students in pre-kindergarten through high school. Categories of schools include public, private, charter, collaborative programs, and approved special education.This dataset originally was developed by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) GIS Program based on database information provided by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DOE). MassGIS now maintains and makes periodic updates to this dataset. The update published in October 2012 was based on listings MassGIS obtained from the DOE as of February 17, 2012, plus a change received from the field.The layer is stored in ArcSDE and distributed as SCHOOLS_PT.