Since its opening in 1995, Neighborhood House (NHCS) has become a Dorchester institution. One of the best examples of a school integrating rigorous academics with wraparound social services and enrichment activities, Neighborhood House has become a national model for developing a diverse student body’s academic and socioemotional skills. NHCS parents first proposed expanding its PK-8 program to high school in 2010, and its ninth grade will open in 2017-2018 following a detailed expansion planning process.