Dear Prospective Parent,
We are pleased to know of your interest in Neighborhood School (NS). We re-opened our building and expanded our campus last fall to meet in-person with students while mitigating risk associated with COVID-19. We are grateful for our classroom “base camps” on Peter Parley Road, Franklin Park, and at Forest Hills Covenant Church in JP (spring 2021).
Our student body includes children ages 4.8 through 12 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 in fall and spring, and a hybrid of remote and outdoor learning this winter, 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 members of marginalized communities. Our top priority at NS this year 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 dominant 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 for transformative learning!
How to Apply
- Submit an online Family Interest Form.
- Applicants for September 2021: First round applications were due in February, however, we continue to review applications on a rolling basis and offer virtual parent and student visits as appropriate openings arise. We accept applications for students who will be at least 4 ½ years old by the start of the school year. To apply, please download and complete the Student Register Form and Student Information Form.
- If you are re-applying from last year, you not need to send new application forms unless your family’s situation has changed, and you do not need to pay an application fee. Email your reapplication request to firstname.lastname@example.org, and ask your child’s current teacher to provide a report detailing your child’s learning and how s/he functions in the classroom.
- Applicants for September 2022: Virtual information sessions for prospective parents are available from October 2021 – January 2022. The tour schedule will be available in September.
We hope this information is of help as you consider learning opportunities for your child.
Tricia Morrow, Director