Both of our children have attended the Hurley School starting eleven years ago when Ms. Soto became Principal.
We found that Ms. Soto, the teachers and the staff that Ms. Soto and the hiring committee have found and developed are very dedicated, hard-working and caring.
Ms Soto is always looking for ways to improve learning and the school experience. She encourages and enables professional development of the teachers and has formed partnerships with teaching programs so that all classes in the lower grades have at least two and often three teachers per classroom: A full teacher, an assistant and a student teacher.
I have always found her open to ideas and feel that she realizes how valuable parent participation is for the school.
Ms. Zrike, whose title is "Teacher Leader" but should be a combination of "Curriculum development leader", "Dean of Students" and "the person who can help with almost anything", is fantastic.
She works with teachers to develop the curriculum, with kids that are struggling or kids that need more of a challenge and seems to know the right person to ask if something is not within her expertise.
We have found that most Hurley teachers work to innovate in the classroom and work with parents to get things done. Teachers and parents have raised funds by writing grants and hosting fund-raisers. Together, we have created a library (the school did not have one when my daughter started K2), renovated the Gym, purchased thousands of books and created a playing field from a parking lot.
Ms. Varney, our full-time (ex-college) librarian and library resource instructor isa wonderful person and a fantastic resource for the kids.
The school library was benefitted from a Target make-over / update thanks to the grant application that she wrote. It now features even more new books and computer resources that she teaches the kids how to use.
Other programs include increased reading support and a partnership that has brought in a part-time school psychologist. There are many more academic support and enrichment programs. I just can't name them all.
From my experience, most of the teachers pay attention to the kid's emotional well-being as well as to making sure that they are challenged at their own level. Many kids Hurley students are eligible to attend Advanced Work and Boston exam schools.
A great small school.
The principle needs to be evaluated for performance. She needs to be responsible for her actions and hold accountable. Sadly, suspentions and detentions are the answers to solve school issues. She's disrespectful, dishonest, and cruel. When was the last time she recieved an evaluation performance as the teachers do?
As both a grandparent and educator, I see my grandson advancing further and faster, both mentally and socially, than one of his parents or myself at the same age. After some trepidation, supportive staff and good parents enhanced his adjustment, Now, he is blooming. Thank you, Hurley!
This is a school where the Principal marjorie soto) will be the amazing principal if you are a parent that can provide money or grants for the school if not don't bother having your child here because you as a parent and your child will be ignore.
It's hard to measure the test results for the Hurley when you take into account that it's a 2-way language immersion program. While still improving academically overall, the Hurley provides an amazing and immeasurable opportunity for kids to learn in 2 languages - which is a huge academic challenge to the kids. The Principal is very strong, the teachers are excellent, and the parents are extremely engaged in this school.
I think the hurley came a long way. Back in the day classes were very little, no gym, no library. The teachers have always been involved, and the principal (ms. Soto) is something to cheer about. Thank god for her.
The Hurley is a wonderful little school in the South End. Principal Marjorie Soto is an amazing leader and parent involvement is extremely high. In the two-way bilingual immersion program native English and Spanish speakers learn together in both languages. The school has recently added a gym, a library, and a playing field.
Hurley School is the poster child school for the renaissance of Boston Public Schools. With a very strong parents group raising millions for the schools over the past four years, the Hurley School is the best choice in BPS for the South End, Back Bay.