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Brooke is a network of high-performing charter public schools in Boston. Our mission is to provide an academically rigorous public education that ensures STUDENTS ARE PREPARED TO SUCCEED IN COLLEGE AND BEYOND.

Great Teaching Has Supported

Our Students to Achieve Exceptional Results

About Senator Edward Brooke

Brooke Charter Schools is proudly named after the late Senator Edward W. Brooke, the first African American popularly elected to the U.S. Senate. First elected in Massachusetts in 1966, he represented our state in the Senate from 1967 to 1979. Not only does our school seek to carry forward his legacy of excellence and public service, but we are pleased to have had his personal support of our efforts before he passed in 2015.

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About Our Scholars

This year, Brooke serves over 2,000 scholars in grades kindergarten through twelve. Ninety two percent of Brooke scholars are Black and Latinx. Our scholars reside in neighborhoods where the average family income is $38,194. Brooke families primarily live in Dorchester, Hyde Park, East Boston, Mattapan, Chelsea and Roxbury.

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About Our Teachers

At Brooke, we focus on recruiting, developing and retaining great teachers. Our definition of great teaching incorporates three critical elements: 1) putting the thinking on kids, 2) challenging and knowing every student, and 3) supporting all scholars to identify as achievers.

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Brooke opened its doors in 2002 to 88 5th grade scholars

We Now Serve 2,059 Students

  1. 2002

    Brooke Roslindale Opens

    Jon Clark (Brooke Co-Director) and Brett Peiser (CEO of Uncommon Schools) open Brooke Roslindale with a founding class of 5th graders.

  2. 2010

    Brooke Expands

    Following a legislative lift to the charter cap, Brooke expands from its flagship K-8 campus in Roslindale to open two additional K-8 campuses.

  3. 2011

    Brooke Mattapan Opens

    Brooke opens its second campus in Mattapan, with a plan to enroll 500 students in grades K-8.

  4. 2012

    Brooke East Boston Opens

    Brooke opens its third campus in East Boston to kindergarten, first and fifth grade classes, with a plan to grow to 500 students in grades K-8.

  5. 2016

    Brooke High School Opens

    Within months of receiving approval from the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to expand into high school for the first time, Brooke High School opens with a founding class of 9th graders.

  6. 2020

    1st Brooke High Graduation

    In June 2020, Brooke High School’s founding class graduated in the midst of a global pandemic. Their hard work and resilience to them on the path to some of the best colleges locally and nationally.

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Our Campuses

Brooke Roslindale

Brooke Roslindale currently serves over 500 students in grades kindergarten through seven with the motto: Engage together, grow together, achieve together.

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Brooke Mattapan

Brooke Mattapan currently serves over 500 students in grades kindergarten through seven as is committed to achieving exceptional results for scholars.

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Brooke East Boston

Brooke East Boston currently serves over 500 students in grades kindergarten through seven with the motto: Building a community of care.

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Brooke High School

Brooke High School was founded in 2016 and currently serves over 440 students in grades nine through twelve, providing them with an exceptional secondary education.

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What is a Charter Public School?

At Brooke, being a charter public school means we have the flexibility to incorporate best practices that support great teaching, including:

  • Longer school day and year (more instruction time)
  • Ensuring a safe and orderly learning environment
  • Establishing a positive, achievement-focused school culture
  • Implementing strong organizational supports and resources for teachers

Rather than approaching education through programs and interventions, we meet our goals through developing and supporting great teachers. 

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