Whole Student Focus
The Eliot is focused on development of the whole student—including physically, socially and emotionally. Our curriculum provides hands-on, project-based, interactive instruction to help instill skills that can be applied immediately to increase students’ independence and self-confidence. To help facilitate this, the Eliot subscribes to programs such as City Connects, which helps link children to a customized set of intervention, prevention and enrichment services in the community to help families improve their child’s academic success. A mentoring program is also available to students at all levels to help them assimilate with the school culture and improve academic outcomes.
The Eliot’s instruction is driven through data and ongoing assessments that measure students’ aptitudes and progress. Students benefit from receiving lessons and enrichment planned in response to their changing needs based on continuous data collection. Eliot teachers have the freedom to go beyond the packaged curriculum to effectively engage all the diverse learners within their classrooms, ensuring every student makes successful academic progress. The curriculum also is dynamic in that it allows teachers to provide students with authentic reading and writing opportunities across all content areas, such as English, science and social studies.
Teacher and Student Engagement
At the Eliot, both teacher and student engagement is viewed as essential, since engaged teachers create engaged and successful students. Teacher professional development is strongly encouraged, supported and funded at the Eliot, and instructors enjoy immense freedom in lesson and curriculum planning. In the classroom, teachers ensure student engagement through use of the workshop model, where instruction is given in small groups of students at similar skill levels. Another technique used to increase engagement in reading and writing is permitting students to choose books of interest to them. Both engagement methods bring learning down to a personal level, as students enjoy intimate discussions of material of interest to them. Not only does this engagement increase academic results, but it also creates life long readers and writers.
At the Eliot, Arts instruction is viewed as critical to a students’ holistic growth, as research has linked participation in the arts to improved academic test scores. The Eliot provides special training to its teachers to help them incorporate more arts instruction into their teaching of core academic subjects. Manual arts, such as woodworking, are included in the curriculum for older students. Additional arts opportunities such as music (including musical theater, instruments and voice) are provided to students through programs offered both before and after school through the North End Music and Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC).
With the Eliot’s location in the historic North End of Boston, students are easily immersed into the Italian culture. Through the Italian language curriculum, students learn not only to speak Italian, but also about Italy’s history and culture. Students experience hands-on learning through field trips to local businesses, such as Italian pastry and coffee shops, as well as other North End restaurants and cultural attractions.
The Eliot is committed to providing physical education to its students, believing there is a direct correlation between physical health and a student’s ability to learn. Physical activity and instruction not only nurtures a healthy body, but also boosts student’s energy, stamina, concentration and self-confidence promoting better academic performance and success at school.
PARTNERSHIPS & PROGRAMS
In order to provide students with an exceptional curriculum and the best possible resources, the Eliot has partnered with a number of reputable organizations which share its philosophy of striving for a holistic, hands-on educational experience.
- Big Sisters of Boston
- Boston Partners in Education
- Boston Public Library (North End Branch)
- Coast Guard
- Community Rowing
- Consulate General of Italy and Centro Attivita Scolastiche Italiane (CASit)
- Discover Champions
- Fairmount Battery Wharf
- The Golden Goose
- Harvard University
- Massachusetts General Hospital
- Monica’s Restaurant
- Nazarro Community Center
- North End Music and Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC)
- New England Aquarium
- North Bennet Street School
- North End Against Drugs (NEAD)
- North End Waterfront Health
- North End Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC)
- North End Waterfront Resident’s Association (NEWRA)
- Northeastern University
- Old North Church
- Simmons University
- Steriti Memorial Rink
- Suffolk University
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