William Monroe Trotter Elementary School

  • The William Monroe Trotter Elementary School is a community where all children become proficient learners who understand that effective effort leads to success. Everyone at the Trotter strives to act with kindness and respect. We are focused on creating a peaceful school climate with an emphasis on academic rigor. We value our families, and our Family and Community Outreach Coordinator supports the school in building relationships between home and school. We select our entire teaching staff. As a result, we have a dynamic, professional and deeply passionate teaching force. The Trotter is a Boston Community Hub School. 

    • Focus on rigorous academics and treating all people with respect and kindness
    • Expanding to become a K-8 school, adding grade 7 in September 2015
    • An extended day for students in grades 5-7 provided through our partnership with Citizen Schools
    • Science, music, art, and computers for all students
    • Tutoring and mentoring provided by Boston University, our major partner; and volunteers and foster grandparents who serve as mentors, tutors and teacher assistants
    • A beautiful, well-stocked new library provided by Target
    • Outdoor classroom for science, math, and writing activities
    • Tech Goes Home program in our new computer lab: parents and their children take computer classes together and may buy a computer with a no-interest loan
    • Full-time Family and Community Outreach Coordinator and a Family Center which hosts a Dad’s Club, monthly coffee hours and workshops
    • Math classes for parents
    • Communication between families and the school through newsletters, e-mails, Connect-Ed phone calls, letters and flyers
    • Monthly food pantry provided by the Greater Boston Food Bank 

    After school programs in our building:

    • Run by YMCA, 2:00-6:00 pm: Homework help, tutoring, sports and enrichment through clubs such as dance, woodworking, and basketball. 
    • City Year: Monday-Thursday, 2:00-4:30 pm. Strong Women, Strong Girls, Big Sisters, Computer Club, Science Club, Readers’ Theatre, Playworks, MCAS tutoring.


  • Principal
    Sarita Thomas, Principal

    Director of Community Partnerships and Family Engagement
    Walter Apperwhite
    135 Humboldt Avenue
    Dorchester 02121
    Phone: 617-635-8225
    School Hours
    7:20 a.m.-2:00 p.m. 
    Early Dismissal, the day before Thanksgiving, and the last two days of school: 11:40 a.m.

    Grades: K0-6
    School Type: Primary