Schools

Deadline looms for city entrance exam

By 
Staff
Sep. 15, 2014

The deadline to register for the test needed for entrance to one of the city’s three exam schools in Sept. 26. The Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE) takes place at 12 locations across the city on Sat., Nov. 8 at 8:30 a.m. The three exam schools are Boston Latin Academy, Boston Latin School, and John D. O'Bryant School of Mathematics & Science. New students are admitted to grades 7 and 9 at all three exam schools. Students must currently be in grades 6, 8 and 9 to take the ISEE.  Read more

TechBoston alumna gives away backpacks to kids

Backpack'd: Kelsie Norman, middle, gave away more than 100 backpacks to middle school students at TechBoston Academy on Monday. 	Photo by Bill ForryBackpack'd: Kelsie Norman, middle, gave away more than 100 backpacks to middle school students at TechBoston Academy on Monday. Photo by Bill Forry

Kelsie Norman is no stranger to the halls of TechBoston Academy, the grade 6-12 school that now occupies the old Dorchester High building on Peacevale Road. She graduated from TechBoston back in 2008 and has gone on to become a college graduate and a sheet metal worker.

But Norman’s formative years were here at TechBoston, where she found herself with the help of mentors like Keith Love and guidance counselor Jillian Smith.  Read more

Dorchester teen spearheads Madison Park protest

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Sep. 9, 2014

Kellsi Pemberton stands outside Madison Park Vocational High School on Tuesday morning. Photo by Lauren Dezenski

When it became clear on Monday afternoon that Madison Park Vocational High School students would spend their fourth day of the school year without schedules, 16-year-old Lower Mills resident Kellsi Pemberton decided to do something.

“We just want to go to school, go to our classes, and learn. That’s all we want and the school isn’t giving that to us, so we decided to organize,” Pemberton said.  Read more

Murphy School surprise: new principal named

Karen Cahill: Not commentingKaren Cahill: Not commenting

Students and staff at Dorchester’s Richard J. Murphy school will begin the academic year next week with a new leader after principal Karen Cahill was put on paid administrative leave this summer by the Boston Public Schools. Courtney Sheppeck, a sixth-grade teacher at the Murphy since 2001, will replace her as interim principal, the department said.

The details surrounding Cahill’s departure from one of the school system’s schools are still unclear. “Because this involves a confidential personnel matter, we cannot comment on the particular circumstances in this case,” BPS spokesman Lee McGuire told the Reporter in an email. We are focused on ensuring a great start to the school year for students, families, and staff at the Murphy.”  Read more

BPS back-to-school hotline is up and running

By 
Staff
Aug. 21, 2014

Boston Public Schools (BPS) parents can get back-to-school information and learn about school assignments by calling the multilingual BPS Back-To-School Hotline at 617-635-9046. Interim Superintendent John McDonough has launched the hotline early this year, at the end of June, to enhance customer service efforts for families with children in summer school. Since June 30, operators have responded to more than 2,000 calls and remain ready to answer a wide variety of questions from parents and students.  Read more

About that T lot in Mattapan Sq.

The state’s heavy investment in the Fairmount commuter rail line will soon be put to the economic test in a very tangible way: Two requests for proposals have been issued by the city of Boston in recent weeks to gauge interest in a pair of sites deemed as ideal for so-called “transit-oriented development.”  Read more

Codman Academy to begin work on its renovation of Lithgow Building

Renovations to start soon: The Lithgow Building in Codman Square will undergo a major interior renovation to create classroom space for its new owner, the Codman Academy Charter Public School.    Nereyda Rodriguez photoRenovations to start soon: The Lithgow Building in Codman Square will undergo a major interior renovation to create classroom space for its new owner, the Codman Academy Charter Public School. Nereyda Rodriguez photo

It won’t be obvious from the outside, but the 115-year-old Lithgow Building that anchors Codman Square is about to undergo a major transformation.  Read more

Senate takes up charter cap issue this week

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Jul. 14, 2014

The Senate this week will debate legislation to lift the cap on charter school enrollment in some school districts, entertaining a bill that is significant different from a bill that has passed the House and which includes a measure to tie a cap lift to state reimbursement funding.  Read more

Mather School Kids Make Presidential Pitch: Come to Our 375th Birthday Party!

By 
Staff
Jul. 11, 2014

YOU ARE INVITED from Mather Elementary on Vimeo.

The students of Mather Elementary School on Meetinghouse Hill will celebrate their 375th anniversary. The Mather was the first public elementary school in North America— and the school hopes that President and Mrs. Obama will come to Dorchester for the special event. The kids make a very strong case in the video.
#mather375 #hbdmather #HowCanHeNotCome  Read more

Charter school wants to buy T lot in Mattapan Square and move there

MBTA Lot: Roughly two dozen vehicles were parked in the T’s Mattapan lot early Monday afternoon. 	Lauren Dezenski photoMBTA Lot: Roughly two dozen vehicles were parked in the T’s Mattapan lot early Monday afternoon. Lauren Dezenski photo

A Hyde Park-based charter school is in talks to buy an MBTA parking lot in Mattapan Square and build a new school next to the T trolley and bus station along River Street. While the $1.5 million sale to Boston Preparatory Charter Public School, if executed, would fill the space at an often half-empty parking lot with a new building, it would also squelch earlier hopes for using the state-owned land as the anchor for a mixed-use, transit-oriented development – something that state lawmakers say should remain the top priority for the site.  Read more