How to Create a New School 101: The Croft School is Opening Its Doors This Fall in JP

It's not every day, or year, that a new elementary school is created in Jamaica Plain. Public, private, charter, Montessori, Catholic -- the birth of a new learning institution is quite an ordeal. Come this fall, the Croft School will be opening its doors in Forest Hills. The Croft School is co-founded by Scott Given, who previously founded and was the CEO of the UP Education Network, and Jamaica Plain resident Cristina Smith, who moved to the area in 2017 after working at elementary schools in California. The Croft School is opening at 3815 Washington St., which was previously home to the Harvest Co-op.


Jamaica Plain Students Receive Honor Roll at St. Sebastian’s School

St. Sebastian's School and Headmaster Burke is proud to announce the following students from Jamaica Plain who were named to the Second Quarter and First Semester Honor Rolls. Students receive honors under the following categories: High Honors: A- or above in all subjects; Honors with Distinction: B or above in all subjects; Honors: B- or above in all subjects; Effort: Marks of 1 or 2 in all subjects (2nd quarter only); Superior Effort: Marks of 1 in all subjects. The following students are from Jamaica Plain
Maxim D. Kalinichenko, Grade 7, Honors with Distinction, Effort
Michael J. Kalinichenko, Grade 9, High Honors, Effort
Kristian A. Rosario, Grade 12, Honors with Distinction, Effort
Luis E. Sosa Espinal, Grade 7, Honors with Distinction, Effort



BPS High Schoolers Learn From the Trees at Arnold Arboretum

As David Mays walked through the snow-covered Central Woods of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University last month, gazing at the red oaks and the eastern white pines, the 17-year-old wondered if trees alone can save the planet. “Are trees the only thing that will stop global warming?” Mays asked. “How many should we plant before we graduate? I want to support humans, nature, and save the Earth.”

Mays was one of 25 high school students from the Boston Day and Evening Academy in Roxbury learning about forest ecology, carbon’s role in ecosystems, and how trees mitigate climate change at a special program at the Arboretum. Designed as part of Boston Public School’s biology curriculum, the two-day experience let students conduct hands-on fieldwork in the landscape and engage with Harvard researchers in interactive panel discussions about climate change.


JP Resident, Former First Lady of Mass., Diane Patrick Receiving Boston Arts Academy Award

Former First Lady of Massachusetts Diane Patrick will be honored by the Boston Arts Academy (BBA) with the BAA Foundation Champion Award today. Presented annually, the award recognizes individuals who embody the school’s commitment to the arts, scholarship and citizenship. Patrick, a Jamaica Plain resident, will be presented with the award at a special reception at the Roxbury Community College. “Diane personifies BAA’s belief that education is the foundation for opportunity and for a healthy transition to adulthood. As a former public school teacher, she knows how critical access to education is, and she continues to advocate for early childhood education, K-12, special education and intervention programs in the Commonwealth,” said BAA Foundation President Denella Clark.


Governor Signs Education Funding Equity Bill Into Law at English High

With English High School students gathered in a packed gym, Governor Charlie Baker signed a bill into law that boosts investment in public schools by $1.5 billion annually over the next seven years. Baker was joined by numerous elected officials and business leaders, including Mayor Marty Walsh, Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, Boston School Committee Chairman Michael Loconto, State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, City Councilors Matt O'Malley and Annissa Essaibi-George, and more on Nov. 26. The Student Opportunity Act will particularly provide new funding to school districts with high percentages of low-income students and English Language learners who often live in some of the highest-need communities. “This is a monumental moment for the future of our Commonwealth.