Neighborhood School’s mission is to provide transformative, personalized learning for children representing the ethnic and socio-economic diversity of Boston’s neighborhoods in an atmosphere of respect and consistent caring. Neighborhood School is unique on Boston’s educational landscape. A teacher-founded independent school that began in 1986, it is intentionally small and creatively personalized with a demonstrated commitment to diversity, particularly ethnic and socio-economic diversity. It is a place where 60 students, K-6th grade ages, learn about themselves, others and how to form authentic community. Everyone is well-known at NS, and well connected.
Teachers at NS take advantage of curricular freedom to design a learning environment where children are nurtured to be kind, curious, informed, literate and involved. Students connect with people and places in the city to further their classroom investigations as well as participate in lessons designed to develop needed skills and strategies. Teachers have the opportunity to promote experiential learning and foster students’ connections to the world around them--through learning about the immediate community, exploring big questions and building a collective sense of social change.
Parents have opportunities to be involved in the life of the school and the lives of other school families. Neighborhood School is a place where a foundation for lifelong learning is nurtured and where lifelong relationships are often formed.