Orchard Gardens K-8 School

  • Orchard Gardens K-8 Pilot School guarantees all students a rigorous academic experience, provided in an environment that values and celebrates strong relationships between students, staff, families, and the community. As a result, all students will believe in their ability to achieve and be offered a wide range of enrichments to fully prepare for college and career success.

    Orchard Gardens K-8 Pilot School is on track to becoming one of the top-performing schools in the state.  To achieve this goal, we will:

    1. Create and support teams of highly skilled educators who share a commitment to high achievement through data, high-quality professional development, and opportunities to work, plan and reflect together
    2. Ensure students will be educated through the creation and support of a safe learning environment and taught by educators differentiating instruction to meet specific, rigorous goals
    3. Commit our school to work closely with our strategic community partners to provide expanded learning time for all students, provide educational and engagement opportunities to all members of our community, and give families multiple opportunities to get involved with our school.

    Special Features

    • An innovative “pilot” school for kindergarten through 8th grade
    • Music, art, theater, dance, library media program
    • Multiple extended day programs
    • Guidance counselor and student support coordinator
    • Strong partnerships with families through monthly progress reports
    • Family coordinators who partner with families to access additional services
    • A beautiful, state of the art building built in 2003
    • Clubs and sports after school for students in grades 3-8

    Special academic programs

    • Specialized strand for students with disabilities
    • Full inclusion model with skilled intervention teachers providing specialized support
    • Sheltered English Instruction (SEI) for Spanish and Cape Verdean Creole-speaking students
    • Specialized program for students with interrupted formal education

    After school programs in our building

    • After-school programs, all free. This year, we partner with the Boys and Girls Club, Boston's Bridge to Excellence, and Boston Scores.


  • Principal
    Lauren Murdock (Interim)

    906 Albany Street
    Roxbury, MA 02119


    Phone: 617-635-1656
    Fax: 617-635-1634

    Grades: K0-8

    School Hours
    All grades
    7:20 am - 2:25 pm
    Early dismissal, the day before Thanksgiving and last two days of school: 11:55 pm