Several JP Schools Starting 2 Hours Earlier: 2018 New Start & End Times for JP’s Public Schools

Some Boston Public School students will get to sleep in a little later next year as the Boston School Committee approved altering start and end times for the 2018-2019 school year. But that’s not the case for several Jamaica Plain schools as three schools will actually start two hours earlier and another school will start one hour earlier.

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Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Change greets students.

“School bell times have tangible impacts on the lives of families, ranging from jobs to a student’s academic performance,” said BPS Superintendent Tommy Chang. “As a district, we must make sure that our students and families are set up for success, and they deserve nothing less. I am confident that next year’s school bell schedule will be an improvement for the majority of families, and is reflective of the feedback we have received from thousands of students, parents, and staff.”

But the Hennigan, Manning and Mission Hill K-8 School are all starting at least two hours earlier in the 2018-2019 school year compared to 2017-2018. The JFK school will be starting more than an hour earlier.

In total, 105 out of the district’s 125 schools will have new bell times next year. In total, 94 percent of middle and high schools will start after 8 am — compared to 27 percent of them during the 2017-2018 school year. BPS officials pointed to research that repeatedly found that starting school later for middle and high schools improves academic outcomes, reduces tardiness, improves student physical and mental health, and even improves the quality of athletics.

School officials also said they “heard from our community that 4 pm or later is too late for elementary school students to dismiss after” and so the number of elementary students being dismissed after 4 pm has been decreased from 33 percent to 15 percent.

With these changes BPS also reduced the total costs of transportation, and added that, “Once we have a better understanding of the magnitude of these savings, we are hoping to reinvest those funds back into classrooms.”

Here are the current and new start and end times for JP schools:

Boston Teachers Union K-8 Pilot

Current and new start time: 8:30 am to 9:30 am

Current and new end time: 3 pm to 4 pm

Community Academy

*No changes

Start time: 8 am

End time: 2:20 pm

Curley K-8

*No changes

Start time: 8:30 am

End time: 3:10 pm

English High School

Current and new start time: 7:20 am to 8 am

Current and new end time: 2:20 pm to 3 pm

James W. Hennigan K-8

Current and new start time: 9:30 am to 7:15 am

Current and new end time: 4:10 pm to 1:55 pm

John F. Kennedy Elementary School (JFK)

Current and new start time: 8:30 am to 7:15 am

Current and new end time: 3:10 pm to 1:55 pm

Manning Elementary School

Current and new start time:  9:30 am to 7:15 am

Current and new end time: 4:10 pm to 1:55 pm

Margarita Muniz Academy

*No changes

New start time: 8:30 am

New end time: 3:30 to 2:30 pm (12:30 pm on Friday)

Mission Hill K-8 School

Current and new start time: 9:30 am to 7:15 am

Current and new end time: 3:30 pm to 1:15 pm

West Zone Early Learning Center

Current and new start time: 7:30 am to 7:45 am

Current and new end time: 4:35 pm to 4:50 pm

  • Bethan Steward
  • Anselmo Di Medici

    Nothing can be learned by a young brain at 7 in the morning. Basically the entire world of teachers (outside of the USA) agree on that fact. leave it to Muricans to priorize an completely unrelated issue (let out time) over all and use yet another unrelated problem (start time) to solve it. Everyone looses.

  • Hugo_JP

    There is some merit to the fact that teenagers need a little more sleep than younger kids. That said, it seems like an “only in Boston” situation where the school start times are driven by the cities inability to provide timely and efficient bus service to the public school students.
    How does a family with young children revamp their school/work/life schedule when the city adjusts the school day by TWO hours?

  • Emily

    7.15-1:55 for elementary schools: For a working family with young school children and traditional schedules, that means 4 hours of an after school program, a rush home to for a quick dinner, then straight to bed. No time to relax as a family, talk about the day, and recharge. I find it hard to believe that many families asked for this scenario during BPS’s outreach around this topic and would like to hear more about why this crazy start time was included in the algorithm.