Clap Innovation School

Regardless of his/her socio-economic, linguistic and academic history, each student at Roger Clap Innovation School is educated to the highest level through a rigorous and comprehensive curriculum. We also educate students to become knowledgeable about, civically engaged in, and involved in the service of their school, the local community, and the global community. We do this not just through our curriculum, but by field trips, community service, and our weekly Town Hall meetings with inspirational members of the local community.


We envision a school that embraces a place-based curriculum model. Place-based education is the process of using the local community and environment as a starting point to teach concepts in language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, and other subjects across the curriculum. Emphasizing hands-on, real world learning experiences, this approach to education increases academic achievement, helps students develop stronger ties to their community, enhances students’ appreciation for the natural world, and creates a heightened commitment to serving as active, contributing citizens. Community vitality and environmental quality are improved through the active engagement of parents, community organizations, and environmental resources in the life of the school.

What makes our school special:

• Science, music, visual arts, and physical education

• Town Hall meetings with members of the community

• Weekly school newsletter

• Parent University

• Very active School Parent and School Site Councils

• Field trips once a month

* K-8 Pathway:Clap Innovation School 5th graders are guaranteed assignment to grade 6 at the McCormack Middle School.

Special academic programs:

• AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) college readiness

Our partners:

• Bird Street, BOKS, City Connects, Dorchester Historical Society, John W. McCormack Civic Association, Strong Women Strong Girls, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Teach Plus, UMass Boston School of Education, Achievement Network

 Before and after school programs in our building:

• Before school program, Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-9:05 a.m. Cost is $5 per day or $20 per week. Students complete homework if necessary, play in the schoolyard (weather permitting), and work on fun and art activities. Call the school for details about BOKS, our before-school fitness program.

• After school program run by Bird Street, Monday-Friday, 3:50-6:00 pm. Contact Kathy Thomas at Bird Street if you have any questions, 617-282-6110.


Chi Nguyen

35 Harvest Street
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States

Phone: 617-635-8672
Fax: 617-635-6389
School Hours: 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Early Dismissal, day before Thanksgiving and last two days of school: 2:00 p.m.

Grades: K1-5
Level: Elementary
School Type: Innovation School