Quincy Elementary School

  • The Josiah Quincy Elementary School (JQES) was founded in 1847 and is consistently ranked among the top public schools in Massachusetts. JQES draws upon the energy of its surrounding neighborhoods and the diversity of its students to create a vibrant center for learning. JQES is a candidate for the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. It offers a rigorous academic program that also provides a window into the world. We believe the best way to teach children is to engage their love of learning by making them partners in their own education.

    JQES provides a challenging academic program that gives our students the means to meet high standards and excel to the best of their abilities. We foster sound habits and a healthy mind and body and instill in them such virtues as integrity, respect, and self-discipline. We provide a nurturing environment and effective teaching methods that promote independent learning.

    Special Features:
    • Mandarin language instruction for all students
    • Partnerships with many local world-class institutions
    • Indoor swimming pool with certified swim instruction for grades 1 through 4
    • Orchestra for K1 to grade 6 students
    • Comprehensive Behavioral Health Model-PBIS school
    • Rooftop play decks and outdoor learning space
    • Programs include SEI, Chinese SEI, Inclusion, Physically Handicapped, Advanced Work Class (AWC) for eligible students
    • Robotic Science and Student Senate for grades 4 and 5
    • Cultural events such as the Winter Festival and Lunar New Year Celebration
    • Full-time paraprofessional in all Pre-Kindergarten Kindergarten classes
    • Weekly coffee/tea for parents
    K-12 Pathway:
    • Guaranteed assignment to grade 6 at Josiah Quincy Upper School, an International Baccalaureate accredited school
    Special academic programs:
    • Advanced Work Class for eligible students in grades 4 and 5
    • Mandarin language instruction for all students
    Our partners:
    • Big Brother/Big Sister, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Boston Partners in Education, Boston College City Connects, Longy Music Institute, Community Music Center, Museum of Fine Arts, Northeastern University, Tufts University, Boston University, Wellesley College, South Cove Health Center; Tufts Medical Center, Dental School, Engineering School, and Nutrition Department; “e” Inc.
    Before and after school programs in our building:
    • Before school:
      • Free activities sponsored by the physical education teacher three mornings a week; Strong Women, Strong Girls group, gymnastics, basketball, BOKS fitness, SOLE Train
      • Free academic support before and after school for students recommended by their teachers, 4 hours a week
      • Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program
    • After school programs: 
      • Offered by the Red Oak BCNC, Wang YMCA, Castle Square Tenants Organization Youth Education Program, United South End Settlement, Chung Wah Academy, Kwong Kow Chinese School, IDILL, and Ellis Memorial
      • Chinese dance and band in partnership  with local agencies


  • Principal/Headmaster
    Cynthia Soo Hoo

    Assistant Principal/Headmaster
    Michael McCarthy
    Wai Chin Ng 

    885 Washington Street
    Boston, MA 02111

    Phone: 617-635-8497
    Fax: 617-635-7778

    School Hours
    9:30 a.m. - 4:10 p.m.

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

    Grades: K0-5