Rafael Hernández K-8 School

  • The Hernández is a dual language school (English/Spanish) — the first in the city of Boston (1970) and in Massachusetts. Every student is taught in English and Spanish, regardless of their home language. The Hernandez School is a Boston Community Hub School. 

    Students engage in thematic studies, which vary according to the grade and Common Core State Standards. We are a Discovery School. This allows us to have different curriculum options (not the same texts, tests or schedules) in use in the school system. Teachers work cooperatively in teams to meet the needs of all learners.

    In 2012, Margarita Muñiz Academy opened its doors to all high school students who are learning in a dual language school or who have proficiency in both languages. All our 8th graders are guaranteed assignment to MMA if they choose.

    Currently, there are seven Educators of the Year and two Massachusetts Teachers of the Year teaching at our school.  The staff is experienced, innovative and demand excellence from themselves as well as their students. We also have a low turnover among staff allowing stability in planning long-term curricular goals. The arts are integrated throughout the curriculum through collaboration among music/movement specialists and classroom teachers. The Hernández community partners with families to meet the needs of each child.

    Special Features

    • Dual language: all students learn in both English and Spanish 
    • Project-based learning
    • Integrated arts curriculum and partnership with area museums

    Special academic programs

    • Two-way, dual language program, English and Spanish

    After school programs in our building

    • After school, 2:30-6:00 p.m.:  Tutoring, homework, arts & crafts, martial arts, drama, visual arts, yoga, dance, African dance and drumming, Sole Train, Strong Women Strong Girls, middle school peer leadership; $300 per month, partial scholarships available. 


  • Principal
    Carolina Brito

    61 School Street
    Roxbury, MA 02119

    Phone: 617-635-8187
    Fax: 617-635-8190

    School Hours
    8:30 am - 3:10 pm

    Early Dismissal, the day before Thanksgiving and last two days of school: 12:40 pm

    Grades: K1-8
    Level: K-8
    School Type: Regular