Dear Prospective Parent,
We are pleased to know of your interest in Neighborhood School (NS). We re-opened our building and expanded our campus this fall to meet in-person with students while mitigating risk associated with COVID-19. All NS teachers meet outdoors with students from “base camps” on Peter Parley Road (younger half of the school) and on the campus of Showa Institute in JP (older half of the school).
Our student body includes children ages 4.8 through 12 years who are representative of Boston’s neighborhoods. A team of 15 committed teachers and 60 children share the joy of learning and help one another adapt to outdoor and remote learning. Our school is valued for its intimacy and therefore openings are limited. We offer siblings of current students and children of our staff first consideration for openings.
While we are proud of our adaptability to offer outdoor learning this fall (with a hybrid of remote learning on Fridays for older students), and pleased that all families and faculty are participating, it is important to acknowledge that we are walking through difficult and unprecedented times. Our health, personally and collectively, is in jeopardy because of the combined effects of the pandemic, of systemic racial and economic injustice, and of environmental crises. These pressures affect mental health, more so for members of marginalized communities. Our top priority at NS this fall is to take care of ourselves and of one another. As we take care, we form community for the purpose of joy and meaning while growing socially and emotionally; then we take action to promote justice. Along the way we grow academically, making connections and developing skills that help us do important work.
All ages of children and adults are involved with Social and Racial Justice learning and anti-bias curriculum. We are raising young activists here, and they are helping us look at NS and weed out characteristics of white supremacy culture. For example, power sharing (for all ages) replaces power hoarding; realistic work plans take the place of a sense of urgency; and teamwork becomes an antidote to individualism. NS is a great place to learn!
How to Apply
- Submit an online Family Interest Form.
- Applicants for September 2021: Virtual tours and meetings for prospective parents are available from October – January. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your participation.
- First round applications are due January 15. To apply, Download and complete the Student Register Form and Student Information Form.
We hope this information is of help as you consider learning opportunities for your child.
Tricia Morrow, Director