Mario Umana Academy
The Mario Umana Academy prides itself on giving students a sense of ownership in the school and local community. We have many opportunities for success that are enhanced by having an expanded day schedule.
Our expectation is that all students—regardless of learning or language barriers—will succeed academically and socially. The Umana has one hour of expanded learning time each day that allows for teacher and grade cluster planning as well as additional academic support for students. In addition, seven early release days have been added to the calendar for whole school professional development.
Umana Academy offers a wide array of learning experiences for our students with our community partners, which include Tenacity, Zumix, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, Waypoint Adventure, Gear Up, and Debate Mate. We are able to partner with so many organizations because of our flexible schedule and our commitment to providing a wide range of opportunities for learning to our students.
What makes our school special:
- Our instructional focus: Read To Know, Write To Show, Speak To Grow
- Our mission: Provide students with a rigorous student-centered curriculum that is integrated across subject areas in a safe, respectful, learning environment where all community members work together to enable our students to become life-long learners and productive members of society.
- Expanded Learning Time school, with an additional one hour of instruction each day
- Thirty minute block of time when everyone—students, teachers and staff—are dedicated to our literacy support and acceleration initiative.
- Celebrations of students’ academic, social and behavioral successes at the end of every marking term.
- Developing pathways with East Boston High School
- The expectation that all our partners will deliver programs that align with our academic focus and achievement expectations in a seamless school day
- Exciting instrumental and ensemble music instruction in partnership with ZUMIX
- A new Umana schoolyard and outdoor classroom in fall 2013
- Becoming a dual language (English/Spanish) school starting in September 2014
- K-8 Pathway: Guaranteed assignment for students from the Adams, Bradley, Guild, P. Kennedy, O’Donnell, and Otis.
Special academic programs:
- Advanced Work Classes for eligible students in grade 6
- Special Education: program for students with intellectual impairment, K2-grade 8
- Dual Language (Spanish/English) in grades K1-2
- Alliance for Inclusion & Prevention, American Student Assistance GEAR-UP, America SCORES soccer, Boston Public Health Commission, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, Mass InsightEducation, Harvard Rally, Tenacity, Waypoint Adventure, Young Audiences, and ZUMIX music.
Before and after school programs in our building:
- Before school: Many students come to school for open gym or use of the computer lab at 6:30 am.
- After school: For Kids Only academic, recreational and social opportunities. This program runs during the summer, vacation weeks and most holidays.