The Manning is located in a quiet, residential neighborhood in Jamaica Plain. We have an instructional focus on higher order thinking skills and an inclusion program that supports success for all of our children. Our small size allows us to develop meaningful relationships with students so that we can individualize our instructional strategies and students’ social development. We are supported by an active Parent Council and powerful partnerships with the Responsive Classroom, Playworks and the Faulkner Hospital, among others. Students are offered extra science, library, art, physical education, and music each week.

Over the past year, we have worked hard to make the Manning a stronger, more inclusive school, while meeting high academic standards. We were a finalist for Edvestor’s School on the Move prize, which gave us a chance to showcase our accomplishments. We recently received a grant from the Boston Schools Fund to allow us to plan for expanding the school to sixth grade, and possibly beyond.



Teaching and learning are the most important things we do at our school. This year we have adopted an instructional focus on higher order thinking skills. Along with regular and rigorous data analysis, our teachers focus on student talk, teacher questioning and developing rigorous tasks that will challenge every student in order to develop these powerful thinking skills.


We also work diligently to differentiate instruction to make sure that every student is able to reach the standard. Teachers meet weekly to review data, look at student work, collaborate on lesson planning and support their own professional development. The Instructional Leadership Team meets regularly to revisit school wide initiatives. We provide a balanced educational program with art, physical education, and music as well as a positive school culture nurtured by daily, weekly and monthly rituals and the Responsive Classroom

SLAM 2018