Holmes Elementary School
The Holmes School is an inclusion school. Our mission is to ensure that every child’s individual academic and social needs are being met through a rich, rigorous, and multi-sensory education. We believe that every child has the ability to reach his or her highest academic and social potential. We aim to create responsible citizens, who will push against the status quo and be social agents of change. At the Holmes, we value relationships with our parents, community, and students. We aspire to provide a 21st century education to all students in our inclusion setting.
The building has a bright, cheerful atmosphere and the advantages of a Library/Media Center, a Science Laboratory, playground, auditorium/gym and a cafeteria. Our performing arts program, which includes music, band and chorus. encourages our students to explore their different talents. Each student participates in structured intervention blocks three times a week, which focuses on skill based instruction.
Students receive additional academic support through tutoring through a partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank. We also have the Achieve before and after school program, which provides enrichment and instructional support. Our liaison from the Office of Engagement works with our families to create supports and implementing programs that increase student growth.
• A 21st century model inclusion school that fully includes students with disabilities
• Expeditionary Learning,
• Small class size of 15 students in K0-K1 and 20 students in K2-grade 5
• Computers in every classroom
• A bright, cheerful building with a library/media center, a science laboratory, playground, outdoor classroom, auditorium/gym and a cafeteria.
• Strong music program, with band and chorus, and a grant from VH1 “Save the Music”
• Countdown to Kindergarten parent-child playgroup
• Grant from ASTOS to support creative activities for students with and without disabilities
• Volunteers from Federal Reserve Bank and Milton Academy
• Full-time graduate interns from UMass Boston and the Teach Next Year Program
• Children Discovering Justice program
• Achievement Network
* K-8 Pathway: Guaranteed assignment to the Frederick Middle School.
Special academic programs:
• Special Education: full inclusion school, K0-grade 5
• Achievement Network, Children Discovering Justice, Countdown to Kindergarten playgroup, Boston College and City Connects, Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Federal Reserve Bank, Inclusive Schools Network, Open Circle (social competency program), Boston Bikes, Climb Corps and other local AmeriCorps organizations, AIP, and Imagination Playground
• School partnerships: Milton Academy, UMass Boston, Berklee College of Music, Harvard University, Boston College and Wheelock College
Before and after school programs in our building:
• Before school: 7:00-9:00 am, $30 per week
• After school: Achieve! by GRASP, 3:20 -6:00 pm, $87 per week per child, academics and enrichment