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Neighbors and parents in Roxbury welcomed students to the neighborhood’s newest charter school Wednesday morning with cheers.
The 132 students, in grades pre-kindergarten through first grade, are the inaugural class of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School, which will eventually serve kindergarten through fifth-grade students.
“We know that to reach our goal of getting every child to proficiency in reading and math by third grade, we need to do things differently. We’ve used our flexibility as a Horace Mann charter to design a school from scratch that ensures each of our children gets the instruction she needs when she needs it,” said Principal Christine Landry.
Located at 6 Shirley St. in Roxbury and created out of a partnership with the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, Boston Public Schools and BPE, the school has a longer day and a more flexible curriculum, with teachers working as teams tailoring lesson plans to each student’s needs.
“The Dudley Street School is part of a truly powerful partnership. The community has committed to these young people, and we’re excited to support them as they learn and grow,” Chris Jones, DSNI Board vice president and member of the Dudley Street School’s Board of Trustees, said in a statement.
In addition to the unique teaching methods, the school will also host BPS’ first “teacher academy,” a program designed to develop new teachers and prepare them with the Boston Teacher Residency program.
Carol R. Johnson, the city's school superintendent, and Mitchell Chester, the state’s commissioner of elementary and secondary education, were on hand Wednesday morning as the school opened.
“This school is the fruit of a big vision and hard work. Mayor Menino and I advocated to include in-district charter schools in the state’s 2010 education reform law, and now we are seeing what this type of flexibility can mean for our children,” Johnson said in a statement. “I am very hopeful about the direction this school is taking and am proud to welcome the Dudley Street School into the Boston Public Schools.”