Award Year: 2013

New Mission High School

655 Metropolitan Avenue
Hyde Park, MA, 02136-3650

(617) 635-6437

Naia Wilson, Principal at time of Nomination

Boston Public Schools

School Website

Mission

Empowering all students to become college graduates who do well in the world and do well for the world.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 62%
  • White: 4%
  • Hispanic: 31%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 1%
  • ELL: 6%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Application

New Mission High School is a pilot school of the Boston Public Schools. Founded in 1998, the school services 263 students representing over 10 ethnicities. 96% are students of color. 31% percent are classified as First Language not English, and 82% are considered High Needs.

In 2006, New Mission looked nothing like it does today. The school was performing below the district average in nearly all-academic areas. Ambitious curricular and instructional reforms re-envisioned New Mission as an elite college preparatory school. The shift forced the school to construct a theory of action where all stakeholders were responsible for the success of the school and its students.

Intentional “layers of leadership” supported by comprehensive and resilient systems and structures were designed to distribute leadership among teachers. The school now has 12 different teams led by teachers including the Instructional Leadership Team, a Student Support Team, content teams for Advanced Placement, English Language Arts, math, history, and science, and grade-level teams.

The school day offers multiple opportunities for team meetings. All teams employ the Cycle of Inquiry to examine practices, and are working sessions. Teachers have access to rich student data and receive the professional support necessary to change their instruction in response to the data. The meetings are ‘inside-out.’ Teachers start with a student, and then ask what we can do to improve his or her learning. Every teacher in the school has a leadership role.

Student-led portfolios that occur twice per year complement the system of assessments. Portfolios facilitate shared responsibility and effective communication between the school and families. As a result, no child falls through the cracks at New Mission High School.