Donald McKay K-8 School

  • The Donald McKay K-8 School is a welcoming community that embraces the uniqueness of every child. We empower students to do their best by setting high expectations, actively involving families, and fostering core values of respect, effort, and responsibility.

    The McKay School staff believes, "Our students will learn through expert instruction. We are collectively responsible for the education of our students and will collaborate in a supportive environment to ensure all students succeed.”

    We are passionate educators providing all of our students with expert instruction by implementing thematically planned units designed to meet the needs of every child.  We instill in our students the McKay School's Anchor Values of Respect, Effort, and Responsibility by supporting their Social Emotional and Character Development through Responsive Classrooms and explicit Social Emotional instruction.

    Our core academic program is enhanced by certified interventionists in literacy and math. Students’ academic experiences are enhanced through participation in art, music, computer, physical education, theater, academic enrichment classes, and a wide variety of student-selected electives.

    Students are empowered to become school leaders through the McKay School’s student government. Students play an active role in helping school leaders make important decisions affecting the McKay School community. Students are also frequently recognized for their contributions to the school through the Flying Cloud student recognition program.

    We are a certified Family Friendly school based on our extensive efforts to involve parents through Monthly School Parent Council meetings, monthly Coffee Hours with the Principal, and an active School Site Council. We also offer families, Technology Goes Home, Families’ First Workshops, Family Literacy Programs, and Read Boston activities. 

    Special Features

    • A partnership with City Year designed to meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of every child
    • Steppingstone College Success Academy for students in Grades 5-8
    • A Student Support Team designed to meets needs of the whole child
    • On-site, bilingual clinicians
    • Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program providing all students with healthy snacks
    • English as a Second Language after school and family literacy programs
    • Pre-AP program in middle school English, Math, and Science
    • After school tutoring with licensed teachers 

    Special Academic Programs

    • Co-Taught, Full Inclusion classrooms in grades 2-8
    • Spanish Sheltered English Instruction (SEI) program in K2 through grade 5
    • Pre-AP program in middle school English, Math, and Science
    • Boston Saves – College Saving Accounts for all Kindergarten Students
    • Boston Debate League
    • Science from Scientists

    Our Partners

    • America SCORES Boston for students in Grades 3-8 (Soccer and Literacy)
    • Arbour Counseling Services
    • Big Brothers/Big Sisters
    • Boston Bikes
    • Boston University
    • Boston Partners in Education
    • CitySprouts
    • City Year
    • East Boston Neighborhood Health Center
    • EdVestors
    • Let’s Get Moving
    • MassInsight (pre-AP program)
    • North Suffolk Mental Health
    • Piers Park Sailing
    • Playworks
    • Read Boston
    • South Bay Family Counseling
    • Steppingstone College Success Academy
    • Suffolk University
    • UMass Boston
    • YMCA

    After school programs in our building

    • YMCA program for all students; fee.      
    • America SCORES Boston soccer for grades 3-8
    • City Year Ripples after school program for Grades 3-8
    • Steppingstone College Success Academy for students in grades 4 and 5
    • After school tutoring with licensed teachers. 

School Data


  • Principal
    Jordan Weymer

    122 Cottage Street
    East Boston, MA 02128

    Phone: 617-635-8510
    Fax: 617-635-8515
    School Hours
    8:30 am - 3:10 pm

    Early Dismissal, the day before Thanksgiving and last two days of school: 1:10 p.m.

    Grades, 2015-2016: K2-8
    2016-2017: K1-8
    Level: K-8
    School Type: Regular