What is BuildBPS?

  • Led by Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the Boston School Committee, and Superintendent Tommy Chang, BuildBPS is a 10-Year Educational and Facilities Master Plan for Boston Public Schools (BPS). 



    BuildBPS provides a strategic framework for facilities investments that are aligned with the district’s educational vision. BPS and the Mayor’s Education Cabinet worked with Symmes, Maini & McKee Associates (SMMA) to develop a comprehensive set of recommendations submitted to Mayor Walsh, Superintendent Tommy Chang, and the Boston School Committee. 

    Pictured: New $70 million Dearborn STEM Academy in Dudley Square, Roxbury, scheduled to open in 2018. 

    Pictured: New $70 million Dearborn
    STEM Academy in Dudley Square, Roxbury,
    scheduled to open in 2018.

    The development of the report was guided by five advisory committees that included educators and representatives of parent and community partner organizations. The work of SMMA was conducted in partnership with BPS, the Mayor’s Education Cabinet, and several City agencies, including Property and Construction Management, Environment, Energy and Open Space, Neighborhood Services, and the Boston Redevelopment Authority, in consultation with designer and project manager Margaret Wood of Pinck & Co.

    To bring data and vision together, the master planning process examines the following variables:

    • Educational: the district’s plans priorities for teaching and learning in the years ahead, and the resulting facility and space needs for most effective instruction
    • Facilities: the existing condition and uses of BPS buildings, as well as their capacity to house various educational programs
    • Demographics: current and projected school-aged populations in the City of Boston by neighborhood, program, and other factors
    • Finances: analysis of long-term costs for building maintenance and modernization, as well as the development of new schools
    • Community Input: perspectives from parents, students, staff, and other stakeholders about the present and future of Boston’s educational facilities

     Superintendent Chang has identified three core values to guide the planning process:

    • Equity – ensuring equitable access to high-quality schools and programs in every neighborhood
    • Innovation – taking creative approaches to the use of time and space
    • Coherence – promoting a more unified system of schools, including more consistent patterns of grade configurations and feeder patterns from pre-K through high school

    Dr. Chang has said, “This is not just about reimagining what facilities will look like, but ultimately what education will look like over the next 10 years and beyond.”

    BuildBPS is seeking community input and offer transparent insight into the planning process. BuildBPS is hosting a series of public conversations and activities aimed at creating a long-term vision for learning in our city and how we can best configure and use our buildings. In addition, documents that support the planning process are available on the "Reports & Resources" tab on the left side of this page. BPS and the Mayor’s Education Cabinet also welcome public feedback via social media by using #BuildBPS on Twitter or by completing this brief comment form.

    Download a brochure (PDF) about BuildBPS. 

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    BPS Building History