Mission Hill School Snapshot

  • Small School 235 students
  • Small Classes 11 classrooms with no more than 20 students per class
  • Two adults per classroom Lead teacher assisted by a para and/or student intern
  • Multi-Age At least a two-year age span in most classrooms
  • Inclusion Model classrooms consist of a variety of diverse learners
  • Graduation by Portfolio Review Graduation requirements based on demonstration of student ability to handle high school work and using Habits of Mind
  • Child-Centered & Project-Based Learning Curriculum and pedagogy built around interdisciplinary projects, using active, inquiry-based learning
  • Emphasis on the Arts Full-time art teacher and dedicated art room as well as instrumental and vocal music instruction
  • School/Family Collaboration Family involvement and mutual respect are integral to school community
  • Multi-Cultural, Anti-Racist, and Anti-Homophobic Culture Understanding of diversity and concern for fairness are at the core of MHS philosophy
  • Multiple Assessments Assessment consists of observation of students and student work in multiple settings-standardized testing is not used as a primary tool for assessment
  • Strong Community Partnerships City Connects, Simmons College, Northeastern University, Tufts University, Harvard University, New England Baptist Hospital, The Farm School, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, 826 Boston, The Boston Nature Center, New England Conservatory, Coalition of Essential Schools, and many others, including individual volunteers
  • Boston Pilot School Network The school’s status within BPS allows for greater freedom and flexibility in staffing, curriculum development, and budget allocation
  • Shared Space with Margarita Muñiz Academy  New, small, dual-language high school opening in fall of 2012, serving 320 students-multiple opportunities for shared resources