The Josiah Quincy Elementary School
This is a public elementary school located in the Chinatown district of Boston, Massachusetts. About 800 students are served ranging from grades PK to 5. The majority of the student body is of Asian descent, followed by African-American, Hispanic, then White. This elementary also partakes in the state-wide Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS). A unique fact about this site is that its original predecessor, The Old Quincy School, is nationally recognized for being the first school in the country to have separate classrooms for each grade and separate desks for each student.
Backstory and Context
This location is set in the Chinatown district and has a significant Asian culture integrated with education. On the school's website, there are subtitles in Asian characters. Since there is a generalized Asian culture within this school, other minorities are not represented as much within the school's community. For example, community events are typically held around Chinese New Years' and other holidays, but seldom around other ethnic holidays.
This school is ranked as 446 out of the 1001 elementary schools in Massachusetts. With inspection, one would also find that their students in grades 3-8 also meet expectations in reading and writing (MCAS, 2017). 80% of this population is classified as high needs, 66.3% of the population's first language is not English, and over 50% of this population is classified as economically disadvantaged.
Initially when I chose this elementary school it was because it was one of the most acclaimed schools in the Chinatown district of Boston. I was curious to see the achievement gap in this neighborhood with a rich Asian influence compared to other neighborhood that were also dense with ethnic groups. I found that because this school catered to their Asian communities and students, it allowed for the students to excel in their academics. I believe the unity plays a factor in one of the reasons why the school is performing at an excellent state.
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