Award Year: 2016

Daniel Butler School

90 White Street
Belmont, MA, 02478-4916

(617) 993-5550

Mr. Michael McAllister, Principal at time of Nomination

Danielle Betancourt, Current Principal

Title I School

Belmont Public Schools

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We are dedicated to providing a school community where students will acquire the foundational skills, knowledge, and behaviors needed for life-long learning. We believe this can best be achieved in an environment characterized by mutual respect and shared responsibility. Our success is built on a partnership of teachers who are committed to their profession and families who ensure their children come to school ready to learn. We expect everybody, every day, to be "Respectful, Responsible, and Ready to Learn."

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 5%
  • White: 55%
  • Hispanic: 7%
  • Asian: 26%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 6%
  • ELL: 16%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Graduates of the Butler School forever remain with us.

Graduates of the Butler School forever remain with us.

The Daniel Butler School is a community of students, dedicated professional staff, and supportive parents who are respectful, responsible, and ready to learn every day. We are located within the town of Belmont and are one of four elementary schools in the district. Ours is a diverse and vibrant K-4 Title I school serving 362 students from 288 families who hail from 27 countries, 26 states, and speak 37 different languages. Our student population is 33% English Language Learners, 18% qualify for free/reduced lunch, and 2% reside in Boston as participants of the METCO program. We are an inclusive school with 2 special educators, a reading specialist, and a reading interventionist. Our passionate and skilled staff collaborate continuously to effectively meet the varied needs of our students so that all learners get what they need. We hold high expectations for quality instruction, and our Response to Intervention model allows us to identify students for whom additional supports might be necessary. We provide targeted instruction and monitor how students progress so that we can adjust instruction as needed to ensure that all learners can reach their fullest potential. Our school-wide focus on social-emotional learning through explicit teaching of growth mindset, the practice of mindfulness, and fostering a culture of an inclusive, safe, and supportive school ensures that our learners are available and open to the demands of rigorous learning within a safe, caring, and nurturing environment. The interaction between teacher and child is the focal point of all of our endeavors.