BPE is creating a pathway of preK-12 schools in the Dudley neighborhood, where all students are prepared for college and career and teachers develop an ambitious teaching practice through our premier teacher training model. The first of these schools opened in September 2012.
BPE partnered with the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative to found the Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School, an innovative 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 teachers-in-training learn through our intensive teacher residency program and all teachers have unique opportunities to advance their practice.
A Promise to Students and Families
Our mission is to bring all Dudley Street students to proficiency in reading and math by third grade and to put every graduate will be on a path to attend college and serve as responsible citizens and contributing community members. The Dudley Street School was designed with this goal in mind, breaking from the traditional school model and providing 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.