Year 2, Newsletter 1: Four BPS Schools
Dear Boston Schools Fund community,
We had a busy fall, and I am excited to share big progress for Boston’s kids and families. Our intensive analysis and school visits have yielded another exciting slate of diverse, high-quality school options.
This quarter, we’re thrilled to work with four outstanding BPS schools. These schools provide an outstanding education to over 1,500 students today, and with BSF’s support, they will expand their programs to serve up to 1,200 additional students over the next four years.
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All the best,
MEET OUR GRANTEES
Each of the 500 students at Boston International HS/Newcomers’ Academy (BINcA) is an immigrant to the US; over half have arrived in this country over the last 18 months. Students at BINcA, a BPS high school, come from 40 countries and speak over 25 languages. The school’s results are nothing short of superlative: BINcA has consistently bested state averages in academic measures across the board, including post-secondary attendance and graduation rates. BSF is working with BINcA’s leadership to plan for the school’s growth, which could expand its transformative program to serve 240 additional students.
The JP Manning School, a BPS elementary school in Jamaica Plain, is remarkable in many ways. The Manning has developed a highly effective model for how to serve students with emotional impairments and has established itself as an extremely in-demand school with Boston’s students and families. Using a thoughtful inclusion approach, the school provides deep socio-emotional supports and academic rigor that generate outstanding results for all students. Over the next year, BSF will work with the Manning to develop a growth plan to serve up to 250 more students.
The Eliot K-8 Innovation School in Boston’s North End is the oldest continuously-operating public school in the city, and one of the highest-performing, as well. As the Eliot has grown – from 150 students in 2007 to over 550 students today – the school has remained in extremely high demand due to its rigorous academics and outstanding staff. Over 400 students are on the school’s waitlist today, and the number of applications to the Eliot has quadrupled since 2008. BSF will work with the Eliot to plan the school’s next stage of growth, which could include up to 500 new seats, in order to serve families who aren’t able to access a seat at the Eliot today.
In ten short years, New Mission High School in Hyde Park has established itself as a Boston institution. A rigorous academic program aligned to Advanced Placement curriculum coupled with student-centered supports and culture has resulted in a nationally-recognized school model. With outstanding math achievement and growth and over 83% of graduates attending college, New Mission is one of the highest-performing public schools in all of Massachusetts. BSF has previously supported New Mission’s growth planning process, and we are now excited to partner with the team at New Mission as they officially begin expansion of 150 seats.