Letter from the Director

Dear Prospective Parent:

We are pleased to know of your interest in Neighborhood School. NS has involved children in a unique learning community since its beginning in 1986 as a private, alternative school with a family-like atmosphere. Our student body includes children 4.5 through 12 years old representative of Boston’s neighborhoods. A team of excellent teachers and 60 children at two adjacent sites share the joy of learning.

Students spend an average of two years within each of our four homeroom levels, developing skills and learning as they are ready while exploring many topics. Literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, art, music, drama, physical education, technology projects, life skills, and personal development are curriculum components integrated into our days. All ages are involved with Social Justice learning and anti-bias curriculum. While our school is valued for its intimacy, openings are limited. Siblings of current students and children of our staff are given first consideration for any openings.

How to Apply
1) Submit an online Family Interest Form.

2) Applicants for September 2020: Once we receive your online Family Interest Form, we will mail you an admissions information packet. Group tours for prospective parents are held each year from October through mid-January (after that time, individual tours are offered if an appropriate opening for your child should arise).

3) Download and fill out the Student Register Form and Student Information Form. Send these forms in with a $25.00 application fee by January 15, 2020.

If you are reapplying from the previous year, you do not need to resubmit the application forms unless your family’s situation has changed in the past year. Please do send an email of intent to reapply, and ask your child’s teacher(s) to submit a report of your child’s current learning and how s/he functions in the classroom setting. You do not need to pay a reapplication fee.

All applications will be reviewed, and child visits will be offered if the possibility of an appropriate opening exists. After January 15, applications will continue to be received on a rolling admissions basis. As we work to balance and broaden many aspects among a classroom of returning students, we invite a few student applicants to visit for each known vacancy. Applicants not being offered a position have an option of joining a short-term waiting list through later spring to early fall, in the event that an unanticipated opening arises.

4) All prospective parents are invited to see our students in action as follows:

Winter Concert 
Wednesday, December 18 at 6:30 pm
Forest Hills Covenant Church
455 Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

This lively evening of music and movement will feature our students, ages kindergarten through 6th grade. Adults and children are welcome. Admission is free.

We hope this information is of help as you consider learning opportunities for your child.

Warm regards,

Tricia Morrow, Director