William Monroe Trotter Innovation School
The Trotter School is a community where all children are becoming 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. As an Innovation School, we have the opportunity to select our entire teaching staff. As a result, we have a dynamic, professional and deeply passionate teaching force.
- Focus on rigorous academics and treating all people with respect and kindness
- An Innovation School: like charter and pilot schools, we have more flexibility and autonomy to implement innovative strategies to improve student achievement
- 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
- Big Sisters; Strong Women, Strong Girls, YMCA, Boston University (especially the School of Education), City Year, Family Independence Initiative, Friends of the Children, Generations Inc., Home for Little Wanderers, Playworks, Global Ministries, and Grace Chapel
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.
135 Humboldt Avenue, Dorchester 02121
2017-2018 School Year Hours
K1-grade 4: 7:30 am - 2:00 pm
grades 5-8: 7:30 am - 4:45 pm Monday-Thursday;
7:30 am - 2:00 pm Friday
Early Dismissal, the day before Thanksgiving and last two days of school: 12:00 p.m.