Holmes Innovation School

  • The Holmes Innovation School is an inclusion school. At the Holmes, our mission is to ensure that every child’s individual academic and social needs are met through a rich, rigorous, and multi-sensory education. We believe that every child has the ability to reach his or her highest academic and social potential.

    We aim to create responsible citizens who will push against the status quo and be agents of social change.  At the Holmes, we value relationships with our parents, community, and students. We aspire to provide a 21st-century education to all students in our inclusion setting.

    The building is bright and cheerful, with a library/media center, science laboratory, playground, auditorium/gym, and cafeteria. Our performing arts program, which includes music, band, and chorus, encourages our students to explore their different talents.

    Each student participates in structured intervention blocks three times a week, which focuses on skill-based instruction. Students receive additional academic support through tutoring through a partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank. We also have the Achieve before and after school program, which provides enrichment and instructional support.

    Special Features

    • 21st-century model inclusion school that fully includes students with disabilities in inclusion classes
    • Small class size of 15 students in K0-K1 and 20 students in K2-grade 5 in inclusion classrooms
    • Strong music program, with band and chorus, and a grant from VH1 “Save the Music”
    • Countdown to Kindergarten parent-child playgroup
    • A grant from ASTOS to support creative activities for students with and without disabilities
    • Volunteers from Federal Reserve Bank and Milton Academy
    • Open Circle social competency program
    • Achieve before and after school enrichment program
    • Children Discovering Justice
    • Achievement Network

    Special academic programs

    • Special Education: full inclusion school, K0-grade 5

    Before and after school programs in our building

    • Before school: 7:00-9:00 am, $30 per week
    • After school: Achieve! by GRASP, 3:20 -6:00 pm, $87 per week per child (rate varies), academics and enrichment


  • Principal
    Lianne Hughes Odom 

    40 School Street
    Dorchester, MA 02124

    Phone: 617-635-8681
    Fax: 617-635-8685

    School Hours
    9:30 a.m. - 4:10 p.m. (M,T,W and F)
    9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (on Thu)

    Early Dismissal, the day before Thanksgiving and last two days of school: 1:40 p.m.

    Grades: K0-6
    Level: Elementary
    School Type: Innovation