In the News

October 2017

Thank you Neil Campbell for highlighting Brooke in his recent piece for U.S. News about charter school expansion and replication! We are honored to be mentioned alongside other distinguished charter networks!

July 2017

Thank you T&G Global, Envy Apple and United Fresh Start Foundation for providing a fresh salad bar for our Brooke High Students! We are so proud of our cooking club students for writing the grant to make this opportunity possible! You can read more about this amazing donation in this Fresh Plaza article. 

June 2017

Thank you to El Planeta for featuring our third annual Brooke East Boston-Eliot Book Club partnership! Our students and volunteer readers had a great time discussing Steve Pemberton’s memoir, A Chance in the World

October 2016

Jon Clark, Brooke’s founder, had the opportunity to trade emails with Richard Stutman, head of the Boston Teachers Union, and the exchange was published in Commonwealth Magazine

September 2016

We feel so honored and thankful to have the support of The Banner as we work to provide more educational opportunities for students in the Boston area. 

Check out the Boston Magazine article to hear why our Brooke families love their school

August 2016

We’re excited to share that Jon Clark and Brooke Charter Schools are featured in the newly released Richard Whitmire book, The Founders. You can check out this short video of Brooke East Boston and additional videos including interviews with students and staff. 

The Metro West Daily News featured an op-ed sharing about the impact that our extended year and school day has on summer learning loss. 

June 2016

Brooke East Boston Charter School partners up with The Eliot K-8 Innovation School for the 2nd Annual Book Club. Students from both schools connected with adult readers from the Boston community to discuss Steve Pemberton’s memoir: A Chance in the World. 

March 2016

Check out Richard Whitmire’s piece on Brooke Charter Schools in The 74: America’s Best Charter School Doesn’t Look Anything Like Other Top Charters.  Is That Bad?  

February 2016

Brooke High School is a reality! Check out the coverage from MassLive and the Boston Globe around Brooke’s expansion and plans for Brooke High in August 2016. 

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A shout-out to Brooke’s high-quality classroom instruction in a recent blog post by John Maycock at the Achievement Network!

October 2015

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Columnist Farah Stockman examines if schools can be separate and equal with this thought provoking look at today’s education system. Brooke Mattapan is the central focus of this piece. Governor Charlie Baker announced his Charter Cap Lift Bill on the steps of Brooke Mattapan on Thursday, October 8th, 2015. This article from the Globe details further his plan to provide an excellent education to all children in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  

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Brooke Charter Schools partnered with the Eliot K8 Innovation School in the North End as well as Boston city and elected officials to read and discuss Cristina Henriquez’s The Book of Unknown Americans Grownup Pols, children’s literature.

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Eliot School and Brooke East Boston Hold Inaugural Joint Book Club

May 2015

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Brooke Charter Schools is selected as the second annual Pozen Prize winner for excellence in charter schools in Massachusetts. Read more about the award in The Boston Foundation’s press release: Brooke Charter Schools Wins Pozen Prize.

April 2015

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Nina Rees, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, examines the lottery system that students must participate in to gain access to charter schools across the country. Brooke Charter Schools is listed as an example of a network of schools with far more demand than seats available in the opinion article “Too Much Left to Chance“.

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Roger Lowenstein, who visited Brooke earlier this year, shares more about what charter schools are doing differently and how they are closing the achievement gap in Boston and across the country. Urban Charter Schools are Succeeding — so get out of their way

March 2015

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Boston’s Charter Schools Show Significant Gains — Boston charter school students outperformed their counterparts at traditional public schools and at charter schools in other urban areas by a striking margin over a recent six-year span, a Stanford University study found.

February 2015

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Greenhouse Schools in Boston: School Leadership Practices Across a High-Performing Charter Sector –NewSchools Venture Fund and TNTP recently published a report that showcases Brooke’s focus on developing and supporting great teachers.

January 2015

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Leading the Way In Education Means Lifting the Charter School Cap – Richard Whitmire traveled the country researching his book and in all of his travels ” never saw a charter quite like Brooke Charter Schools.”

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Charting Charlie Baker’s Course: Charter Schools Once Again on the Firing Squad – To mark Charlie Baker’s first full week on the job, WGBH News is examining a quartet of deeply problematic challenges facing the new Massachusetts governor. This is the third installment, on charter schools.

Remembering Senator Edward W. Brooke

Edward W. Brooke, Who Broke Down Barriers, Dies at 95The Boston Globe Edward W. Brooke, Senate PioneerThe New York Times Edward W. Brooke, First African American Popularly Elected to U.S. Senate, Dies at 95 The Washington Post Ed Brooke’s Lasting Gift – Adrian Walker, The Boston Globe One of the Last Political Giants – Frank Bellotti, The Boston Globe Photos: Remembering Former U.S. Senator Edward BrookeWBUR

December 2014

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Mississippi OKs 1 School, Rejects Second – Brooke serves as a model for one of Mississippi’s first charter schools in Jackson.

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Carmen Farina Needs To Get Over It and Embrace Charter Schools – Richard Whitmire, educational columnist, discusses the plight of charter schools in NYC and uses Brooke as an example of success of charters in Massachusetts.

 

November 2014

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A “Thank You” to Boston from Angela Menino

September 2014

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MCAS Results are in: Are our students learning? Brooke East Boston had the highest growth of any school (all grades combined) of any school in the state. Evan Horowitz investigates what schools are doing to close the achievement gap in Massachusetts.

 

July 2014

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Schools Choose Adults over Kids: Column Brooke is the focus of an editorial about the importance of creating more great schools. This piece takes a closer look at the steps our founder, Jon Clark, has taken to shape Brooke Charter Schools into a successful and replicable charter school model.

November 2013

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The Boston Foundation 2013 Annual Report Brooke Charter Schools is prominently featured in The Boston Foundation’s 2013 annual report. In addition, Danielle Blair, 6th grade math/science teacher at Brooke Mattapan was honored as one of five “Change Maker” award recipients.

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October 2013

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Charter School Demand and Effectiveness: Understanding Boston A new report by researchers from the School Effectiveness and Inequality Initiative at M.I.T. has found that Boston charter school students continue to significantly outperform Boston Public Schools students across the middle and high school grades on the MCAS.

September 2013

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New Boston charter schools yield high MCAS scores Brooke Charter Schools is number one in the state on the 2013 MCAS exams. Brooke’s two newest campuses, Brooke Mattapan and Brooke East Boston are demonstrating that our model can be replicated.  

May 2013

Stanford University’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) Brooke Charter Schools is named one of the nation’s top schools. Researchers found that the typical student in a Boston charter (about 13 percent of the state’s charter students) gained more than twelve months of additional learning per year in reading and thirteen months greater progress in math.

February 2013

Boston Kids Need Another Brooke Charter School Boston.com reporter Jim Stergios reports on Brooke’s effects on the 2012 MCAS exams and the push to lift the cap.  

January 2013

The new Edward Brooke Charter School coming together Brooke East Boston’s growth plans are detailed in this article. Read about the upcoming renovations and remodeling proposals for the abandoned Savio Prep building. Home

November 2012

 

Ed TrustAnnounces 2012 Dispelling the Myth Award Winners Brooke Roslindale was one of the three public schools in the nation selected to receive the 2012 Dispelling the Myth award presented by the Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan.  Brooke Roslindale was honored with this award for the amazing academic achievements our students demonstrate year after year. 

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Massachusetts-Based Brooke Charter Schools Received $1.5 million to Close Achievement Gap Brooke’s growth plans and exciting new funding partnerships are detailed in this article. Hear from our founder and co-director, Jon Clark, as well as representatives from the Charter School Growth Fund, and Alex Finkelstein, our newest board member. 

Mass Receives 21 proposals to open new charter schools Brooke is featured as one of the charter school networks that applied to open more schools in the future. The competition to open new charter schools in Boston will be stiff. The four proposals, three pitched by existing charter schools, collectively seek to serve more than 1,300 students.

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This Land is Your Land: President and Mrs. Bush Visit Boston’s High Performing Brooke Charter School George W. Bush Institute convened four of itsAlliance to Reform Education Leadership Programs (AREL) programs – Building Excellent Schools, Harvard Graduate School of Education, KIPP and Achievement First – along with Massachusetts State Commissioner for Elementary and Secondary Education, Mitchell Chester and The Lynch Foundation, for a roundtable discussion on the impact of school leadership on student achievement.  

 

March 2012

   

 

Who won millions in Walton Foundation grants in 2011 Brooke Mattapan is featured as one of the selected schools for the Walton Foundation’s 2011 grants.  We thank the Walton Foundation for giving Brooke Mattapan the necessary start-up funds to ensure a successful first year.   

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Brooke East Boston is highlighted on Channel 27’s Univision program. Ms. Burnor, Brooke Roslindale Kindergarten teacher, is interviewed about the newest addition to the Brooke network, Brooke East Boston.  

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Brooke Middle Schoolers Perform at the House of Blues in Honor of MLK Jr. Students from Brooke Roslindale perform during the Third Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at the House of Blues.

November 2011

 

 

 

NewSchools Announces $3 Million in Grants for Expansion of Four High-Performing Boston Charter Schools NewSchools Venture Fund announces they will support Brooke Charter Schools as we grow our network.

October 2011

College aid – the daunting calculus Our very own Akeasia Edwards (BCS ’08) is profiled as she navigates the cost of college.

Channel 5 News EyeOpener Channel 5 News featured Brooke Scholars for their early morning EyeOpener segment. 

BCS 7th Graders Rank #1 in MCAS English and Composition Statewide Schools That Can, a national nonprofit network of high-performing, urban, faith-based, charter and district schools operating in low-income communities, profiles Brooke 7th graders’ record breaking composition scores.

September 2011

Brooke Charter School in Roslindale Goes to Head of the Class on MCAS The Globe covers our exceptional 2011 MCAS rankings.

On Charter Time The Globe points to a longer school day for explanation of student success in charter schools.

March 2011

 

Inside the Charter School Lottery Process Fox News captures many disappointed faces as parents realize that their child has only a 7% chance of securing a seat in MA’s #1 K-8 public school.

 

Students Face Tough Odds to Get Charter School Seats The Globe covered the incredibly high parent demand — 3,000 applicants for only 228 seats — at Brooke.

February 2011

 

Brooke Responds to BTU Criticisms Unfortunately, the Boston Teachers Union recently released statements about Brooke that were based on politics, not facts. They assert that we “force” kids out, when in fact we have a LOWER attrition rate than the average Boston public school.

Student Achievement in Mass Charter Schools 2011 A study from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education proves that students who attend Brooke — even for a short amount of time — significantly outperform their peers in traditional public schools.

 Area May Get 6 New Charter Schools The Globe highlights Brooke’s expansion to Chelsea in a look at the growing number of excellent educational options for students in that region.

 

Rise of the Charter Schools The Globe highlights Brooke as a great Boston school planning to grow.

December 2010

Senator Newsletter The bi-monthly parent newsletter highlights scholar accomplishments and shares details on our replication plan.

November 2010

 

Senator Newsletter The bi-monthly parent newsletter highlights scholar accomplishments and shares details on our replication plan.

 

Charter Schools Can Be Role Model Boston Foundation President Paul Grogan highlights Brooke as a role model for failing Boston schools.

October 2010

 Senator Newsletter The bi-monthly parent newsletter highlights scholar accomplishments and shares details on our replication plan.

 

Don’t Wait for Superman — Focus on Teachers A Brooke 1st grade teacher pens an op-ed about the importance of excellent teaching.

 

 Charter School Finalists Now at Six Brooke plans to open a new school in Chelsea, a district much in need of high quality educational options.

Charter School Bids Named Finalists for Replication Efforts Brooke is selected from a competitive pool to submit a final application to open new charter schools for Boston and Chelsea students.

September 2010

 

Reforms, Not Desegregation, Will Bring School Advances Globe editorial highlights Brooke as an example of an urban school that can outperform even the best suburban districts.

 A Blueprint for Success An editorial highlights Brooke’s success as proof that Boston students can achieve at the highest levels when they have great teachers.

June 2010

 

Charter Schools Seeking to Expand Brooke plans to replicate its successful model, opening up to four new schools in the next five years.

April 2009

Demand for Charter Schools Is High, Seats Are Few Brooke’s long wait list is highlighted as evidence that families want increased access to excellent schools.

May 2008

Linking Learning to What Teachers Earn A Department of Education report highlights the success of the federal Teacher Incentive Fund at Brooke.

Charters Prove Worth U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings’ selects Brooke as the only Massachusetts school to visit during National Charter Week.

 

Patrick Aide Backs Teacher Pay Overhaul A top state education advisor points to the success of teacher performance pay at Brooke in his support of expanding such compensation programs.

 Brooke Charter School Enjoys a Morning with Spellings U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings visits Brooke to celebrate the accomplishments of teachers and scholars.

The MVPs of Boston Charters Brooke is highlighted as a top performing charter school in Boston.

November 2007

Students Have the Times of Their Lives at Brooke Forty percent of the scholars entering Brooke at 5th grade don’t know their basic times tables; by the end of the year, these same scholars are multiplication masters.

September 2007

Trying to Educate a Future Governor A Boston parent is inspired by the excellence at Brooke to write an op-ed urging Governor Deval Patrick to lift the charter cap.

April 2007

Brain Food: Brooke Students Explain It All at Science Fair Brooke scholars bring their experimental prowess to questions about the physical and biological world in their annual science fair.

March 2007

Luck Needed to Get Into Charter Schools Parents hope to win the Brooke lottery, concerned that, without Brooke, their child will be stuck in a failing school.

February 2007

A New Funding Plan for Charter Schools Brooke’s performance is highlighted as a reason to lift the charter cap in an op-ed urging Massachusetts to expand charter access.

March 2006

Kids Find Out All About Weird Science 6th and 7th grade scholars share all that they’ve learned in their science projects at the annual science fair.

December 2005

One Times One Equals A Lot of Fun Brooke’s annual Times Table Day is a way for scholars to show off all the Focus and Self-Determination that’s led them to mathematics mastery.

November 2005

Generations Bonding Over a Shared Book Club Brooke scholars and families grow their love of reading through a parent-child book club.