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.

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New Private School Opening in Forest Hills Fall 2020

A new elementary private school is planning on opening at the former site of the Harvest Co-op in Forest Hills in fall 2020. The Croft School will be offering one class of pre-kindergarten and one class of kindergarten. As for what type of school Croft plans on being? "We know schools that are obsessive about testing and standards. We know other schools that choose to forego explicit teaching of critical literacy, math, and other foundational skills.

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