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James Otis Elementary School

James Otis Elementary School

Nature and Purpose

The mission of the James Otis School, working in concert with families and other community agencies, is to provide a challenging instructional program designed to promote intellectual and social development of every child. These programs will be designed so that the students will develop a capacity and a sustaining desire for lifelong learning which will enable them to enjoy successful participation as productive and responsible citizens in a democratic society. The James Otis Elementary has a diverse and dedicated group of highly qualified teachers that reflect the diversity of our student population. The goal of James Otis Elementary is to push children to succeed academically by helping schools become centers for the development of children and families and by infusing the school with a family literacy approach. Within the Otis School, parents are given a chance to study English as a second language in the school while simultaneously learning how to advocate for their children. The children, few of whom spoke English before entering the school, are provided with individualized programs. Students also enjoy a full complement of art, music, theater, science, drama, physical education, Spanish and computers.


With guidance from a classroom teacher, PULSE students will assist students in the classrooms, conduct small groups, and provide individual and group tutoring. PULSE students will also provide homework support in the after-school program and assist parents in the English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) classes. There are also various opportunities for students to implement activities based on their own interest.