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Our Mission
The mission of Graham & Parks is to educate the whole child: to help every child in our school fully develop his or her unique intellectual, social, and emotional capabilities. Download the full mission statement >>

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History
Students showing handsGraham and Parks is the result of joining two schools in 1981 -- the Cambridge Alternative Public School (CAPS), which was a small, nationally acclaimed magnet school, and the Webster School, which was a small, traditional neighborhood school. The School was renamed after Rosa Parks (1913 – 2005), inspiration for the modern civil rights movement, and Saundra Graham, a local activist for social, racial, and economic justice. The school was located on Upton Street from 1982 until 2003, when we moved to 44 Linnaean Street. Learn more >>

Whole School Values
Our goal is to create a set of core values that reflect the mission of our school. We want everyone at Graham and Parks to “own” these values; that means that we talk to children about them, and we explicitly explain and model what our values look like and feel like. Read more >>

Curriculum
The educational program is highly individualized, with an emphasis on teaching the Common Core Curriculum Standards in creative ways. The curriculum is developed by teachers and focused on building concepts and ideas. It is hands-on, project-based, integrated, multi-cultural and acknowledges diverse family groupings. We emphasize cooperative learning since we believe that learning is primarily a social activity. Explore the Curriculum >>

ArtSchool Life
We try to balance freedom and responsibility for the students -- we are truly concerned about the child and the curriculum and we are concerned with trying to educate the whole child. We place a strong emphasis on self- and social-awareness: we want our children not only to be capable -- to have skills and knowledge -- but to be lovable -- to like themselves and others and to work well together.

Parent Involvement
Parent involvement is unique. Parents not only are invited to volunteer in classrooms and to initiate curriculum linked projects. They are also involved in many aspects of decision-making - from the hiring of staff, to deciding how fund-raising money will be spent. Parents are supported by a part-time Parent Liaison. In addition, the city makes available (by appointment) Citywide Liaisons in several languages including Creole and Spanish, as well as a LGBT Liaison to support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender families and youth. Get Involved >>

After School Opportunities
We have an after-school childcare program grades K - 4, an after-school Community Schools Program offering enrichment classes for students grades K-5, and an after-school academic learning center for grades 3 – 5.
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