At the McKay, students and their families come first. We strive to provide all students with an excellent education that will prepare them for success in higher education. Consistent with the vision of Donald McKay, a world leader in shipbuilding and design in his day, we work to transcend barriers and hurdles that would get in the way of our goal: excellence in academic achievement for each and every student in our school.
Our core academic program is enhanced by art, music, science, computer, and physical education classes. Our English language learners receive appropriate supports, including English as a second language where necessary.
Students are empowered to become school leaders through student government and executive council. Students play an active role in helping school leaders make important decisions effecting the McKay School community. Students are also frequently recognized for their contributions to the school.
Students who require additional literacy or math support receive frequent small-group instruction from literacy or math generalist teachers. Through our membership in the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, students are learning about and practicing strategies that increase physical activity and raise awareness of healthier nutritional choices.
What makes our school special:
• Interdisciplinary art curriculum linked to literacy
• Brand-new state-of-the art Mac computer lab
• An Instructional Leadership Team for teachers to communicate about academic expectations across grade levels
• Literacy instruction that considers the specific needs of each student, including English as second language.
• A welcoming environment for all families and an active parent council
• Open house events that focus on informing families of academic progress
• Tech Goes Home: students and parents take computer classes together and can buy a refurbished computer at very low cost at the end of the program
• Art , music, science and physical education classes
Special academic programs:
• Special education programs that aim to include students in general education classrooms
• Spanish Sheltered English Instruction (SEI) program in K-grade 5
• America SCORES Boston soccer and writing, Tenacity, Boston Partners in Education, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Museum of Fine Arts, Playworks, ReadBoston, YMCA, Boston Institute of Psychotherapy
Before and after school programs in our building:
• After school: YMCA for all students; fee.
America SCORES Boston soccer in grades 3-8; fee.Playworks for students in grades 4-5.