- Great Teachers
- Great Schools
- Great Results
New Schools Initiative
As a part of our new strategic direction, BPE is creating break-the-mold new schools where all students are prepared for college and career. The first of these schools opened in September 2012.
BPE partnered with the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative to create the Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School, an innovative new preK-5 school that offers Boston students an exceptional education and a full suite of services right in the Dudley community.
The Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School (a Horace Mann “in-district" charter) also serves as BPE’s first “teaching academy,” in which new teachers are trained through our intensive residency program and all teachers have unique opportunities to advance their practice.
A Promise to Students and Families
We promise that by third grade, all Dudley Street students will be proficient in reading and math, and that every graduate will be on a path to attend college and serve as responsible citizens and contributing community members. To realize this promise, the Dudley Street School will break from the traditional school model, proving students and teachers with the time, flexibility, and support they need to achieve at high levels. That includes:
- more time for student and adult learning, with a longer school day and year
- flexible student grouping that maximizes teachers’ expertise and ensures students are taught the content and skills they need when they need them
- ongoing monitoring of every student’s progress and the school’s progress as a whole
- comprehensive social‐emotional supports provided in partnership with neighborhood partners
A Promise to the Community
The Dudley Street School is the first new school created through the Boston Promise Initiative, a coalition of organizations seeking to create revolutionary change in the way education and services are provided in Boston neighborhoods. The school will serve as a catalyst for school improvement in the Dudley neighborhood and a demonstration site for educators across the city.
Through a close partnership with families, local schools, and community partners, the Dudley Street School will contribute to a stronger, more vibrant urban community.
In a new publication, "School Reimagined: Cultivating Ambitious Teaching through an Ambitious School Design," we describe how we designed the Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School from the ground up to meet our ambitious goals. This publication is the first in a series in which we share lessons we've learned--and questions we're exploring--in our effort to develop great teachers and great schools.