Boston Green Academy

  • Boston Green Academy (BGA) is a special place, a Horace Mann ‘in-district’ Charter School that is proudly part of the Boston Public Schools. Founded in 2011 by a committed group of Boston educators and community members, BGA is Boston’s only school focused on sustainability and preparing the next generation of diverse leaders for college and green careers.


    Asked by the Boston Public Schools in 2011 to turn around a struggling high school, BGA successfully ‘re-started’ Odyssey High School in South Boston and in three years became one of the most improved high schools in the Boston Public Schools and state-wide. In 2014, BGA moved to the historic Taft Building in Brighton and began our expansion to include middle grades, starting with a 6th grade. In 2017, BGA achieved our goal of becoming a full school for grades 6-12 serving over 500 students from every neighborhood and background in Boston. In 2019, BGA won the prestigious Massachusetts and United States Green Ribbon Schools Awards for being a national model in sustainable education. BGA continues to be one of the most improved and innovative schools in the Boston Public Schools and one of the most successful non-selective secondary schools in BPS.


    What makes our school special:

    • A Horace Mann 'in-district' Charter School, part of the Boston Public Schools, while also having additional freedom and accountability 
    • Serves a highly diverse student population: 90% Students of Color, 31% Students with Disabilities, 15% English Language Learners, 100% Amazing Human Beings!
    • Preparation for all students to be leaders in environmental stewardship and activism, to live their lives responsibly and sustainably, and to be prepared to succeed in the growing green sector
    • “Green” theme woven through all courses through project-based learning
    • Strong social emotional supports and counseling available through Advisory program and Student Support Team
    • Graduation requirements that exceed Boston Public Schools standards, including a required senior six-week internship for all seniors
    • College awareness and advising in all grades 6-12
    • Environmental Science Career Technical Education (CTE) Program open to all students
    • Six Advanced Placement course in high school; elective (art, phys ed and green programs) for all middle school students
    • Newly renovated library/media center with full time Librarian
    • Overnight environmental trips for all middle school students every year; Mentors for every high school student
    • Project Week experiential learning program every year including international service learning trip for high school students
    • Full sports, intramural programs, clubs and extracurricular activities
    • Partnerships with City Year, Boston College, Boston University, Harvard University, Harvard Medical School, Appalachian Mountain Club, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Massachusetts, Thompson Island Outward Bound, Eliot School for the Arts, Boston Nature Center, West End Boys and Girls Club and many more
    • Advanced Placement (AP) and honors courses in high school

     After school programs:

    • Tutoring, SAT prep and college application support, exciting clubs, activities and student government, sports, and academic support for student-athletes; internships throughout Boston with our many partners


  • Headmaster
    Matthew Holzer

    Assistant Headmaster
    Jeff Becker

    20 Warren St.
    Brighton, MA 02135

    Phone: 617-635-9860

    Fax: 617-635-9858

    School Hours
    8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri.
    8:00 a.m.- Noon Wednesday

    Early Dismissal, the day before Thanksgiving and last two days of school: 12:30 p.m.

    Grades: 6-12
    School Type: Horace Mann (In-District) Charter School