The Holmes School is an inclusion school. Our mission is to educate our students in a safe, nurturing community that encourages creativity and self-esteem and maximizes students' academic achievement. Our bright, cheerful building has a library/media center, a science laboratory, playground, auditorium/gym and a cafeteria.
In addition to studying literacy and math, students have classes in science, music, library, physical education, and technology each week. Our flourishing science program is supported by resources from the Museum of Science, the New England Aquarium, the Franklin Park Zoo, the Children’s Museum, and other partnerships. Our performing arts program, which includes music and chorus, encourages our students to explore their different talents.
Our children in need receive extra support. Students receive additional tutoring provided by the Fix-the-Foundation Grant, a program of the Dorchester Family School Initiative (DFSI). We also have the Achieve after school program which provides enrichment and instructional support.
Our Manager of Family and Student Support engages families by helping to create supports and implementing programs that increase student growth.
What makes our school special:
• A model inclusion school that fully includes students with disabilities in all classes
• Small class size of 15 students in K0-K1 and 20 students in K2-grade 5
• Computers in every classroom
• Science lab, library and auditorium/gym
• 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
• Children Discovering Justice program
• Playground and outdoor classroom
• Achievement Network
* K-8 Pathway: Holmes 5th graders are guaranteed assignment to grade 6 at the Frederick Middle School.
Special academic programs:
• Special Education: full inclusion school, K0-grade 5
• Achievement Network, Children Discovering Justice, Countdown to Kindergarten playgroup, Dorchester Family School Initiative (DFSI), Codman Square Health Center and Dorchester House, Federal Reserve Bank, Inclusive Schools Network, Open Circle social competency program, Boston Bikes, Climb Corps, and other local Americorps organizations
• School partnerships: Milton Academy, UMass Boston, Lesley and Tufts universities and Wheelock College
Before and after school programs in our building:
• Before school: 7:00-9:00 am, $30 per week
• After school: Achieve!, 3:20 -6:00 pm, $87 per week per child, academics and enrichment