The Hernández School is a PreK-grade 8 two-way bilingual demonstration school where all students learn in both Spanish and English. Our student/teacher ratio is 25:2. While learning in both languages, students engage in project-based learning experiences related to an overall theme. Students have a working knowledge of the concepts because they spend their time doing hands-on projects integrating all subject areas. Creative arts are also integrated throughout the curriculum.
Special admission process for students applying for grades 3-8:
Once it is determined how many seats are available, the school’s Community Field Coordinator will contact you in the order your student’s name appears on the waiting list. The student will take a reading comprehension test (Spanish and English) to determine his or her ability to work in both languages. If the student meets the criteria, he or she will be assigned to the available seat.
What makes our school special:
• Dual language: all students learn in both English and Spanish
• Discovery school status: autonomy with curriculum & instruction
• Arts focus - partnership with Boston area museums
• Project based learning and field trips
• Home visits
• Renovated auditorium, gymnasium, and kitchen
• Computer lab
• Counseling available for students through Boston Institute for Psychotherapy
Special academic programs:
• Two-way, dual language program, English and Spanish
• Friends of the Rafael Hernández, Inc., Institue of Contemporary Art, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, UMass Boston, Wellesley College, 826 Boston (support for writing skills), Teach for America, Boston Institute for Psychotherapy.
Before and after school programs in our building:
• After school, 2:30–6:00: Tutoring, homework, arts & crafts, martial arts, drama, visual arts, yoga, African dance and drumming, Sole Train, Strong Women/Strong Girls, middle school peer leadership group; $200 per month with partial scholarships available.