Lower School


215 Sydney Street | Dorchester | MA | 02125


Doors open at 7:00am
Recommended arrival time: 7:45am
Monday Academic Hours: 8:00-2:10pm
Tuesday-Friday Academic Hours: 8:00-3:10pm


Most of our students begin their experience at Boston Collegiate Charter School in the Lower School, grades five and six. For many students, BCCS is a very new kind of school. In addition to new structures and systems, there are extremely high academic and behavioral expectations with accompanying incentives and consequences, merits and demerits, uniforms, and lots of homework. Lower school teachers spend time orienting students to the new expectations of BCCS, helping them to stay organized and on top of their assignments, and showing them that learning and achieving can be fun!

The instructional program in the Lower School centers on a commitment to a rigorous college preparatory curriculum combined with additional time on learning and close, individualized instruction.


5th Grade: University of Massachusetts Boston
6th Grade: Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Monday: 1st Hour: 2:00-3:10pm; 2nd Hour: 3:10-4:10pm
Tuesday-Friday: 1st Hour: 3:10-4:10pm; 2nd Hour: 4:10-5:00pm

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Ms. Downes

Glam Squad

Do you like to to watch home decorating shows? Does your bedroom reflect your personal style? Do you enjoy making things look better? If so, Glam Squad is for you! With Ms. Downes as your leader, you’ll meet 1-2 times a month and work on school beautification projects. It could be anything from hanging new bulletin boards, to decorating a classmate’s cubby, to preparing the multi-purpose room for major events such as the Halloween Dance and the Lower School Talent Show. This group is for kids who like to decorate and aren’t afraid to put in the work to make things look their best!

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Ms. Valentin

Green Team

Do you care about the environment? Are you into recycling? Do you like to help out with chores at home or at school? If so, the Green Team is a great way to get involved in saving our planet! Each day you will help Ms. Valentin with our school-wide recycling program. If you are a responsible kid who is not afraid to do a little physical labor, this is the group for you!

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Ms. Adam


Are you a 6th grader really into math? Do you like to be challenged academically? If so, Mathletes might be the place for you! Every Friday a group of professional accountants come to Boston Collegiate to work on really rigorous, tough math problems with you. In addition to getting a brain workout, you also get to meet people who have made it a career to work with numbers, which might be something you are considering for your future. In the spring you get to visit them at their office in downtown Boston, and they’ve been known to bring some pretty great snacks when they come to visit. Talk to Ms. Adam if you are serious about growing your math muscles!

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Ms. Boshes | Ms. McHugh | Ms. Valentin

Multi-Cultural Club

Are you interested in learning about other cultures and in sharing your culture with others? Are you proud of your heritage and want others to know why? If so, you should consider joining the Multicultural Club! This group will meet 1-2 times a month to help organize our monthly cultural celebrations. This means you’ll get to be involved in brainstorming and planning important events such as assemblies and guest performers. You’ll also take part in hanging up our Heritage Month decorations alongside the Glam Squad. If you are an open-minded kid interested in celebrating our school’s diversity, then the Multicultural Club is for you!

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Ms. Kimball | Ms. Rodriguez

Sole Train

Do you like to run? Have you always wanted to run a road race, like a 5K, or maybe even some day in the Boston Marathon? Well if so, then consider joining Sole Train! Sole Train is a running club that happens twice a week on Mondays and Fridays from 2 - 3:10 pm, and the goal of this club is to help you understand that you can achieve goals you set for yourself. This is a group all about teamwork and encouraging each other towards success. In addition, you will get in better shape and run a road race that is 5 kilometers long on Saturday, October 21st at 9:30 am at Jamaica Pond and a 5 mile race on Sunday, May 27th at 7 am in the Seaport District (over the Memorial Day weekend!) Even if you have never run more than a few steps, Sole Train is open to all body and ability types, so long as you have the desire to challenge yourself mentally and physically. You will earn free T-shirts and sweatshirts as part of this club.

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Mr. Turner


Each Thursday, Mr. Turner teachers fundamental basketball skills to those hoping to learn more about the game.

Contact Ms. Mendes
Girls LEAP Staff

Girls LEAP

Girls' LEAP interrupts the cycle of violence by empowering girls and young women to value and champion their own safety and well-being.

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Mr. Ribiero


Mr. Ribiero loves guitar and is excited to teach our students how to play afterschool.

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Mr. Stephen

Homework Support

Come finish your homework each day before you head home! Be ready to work.

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Ms. Cole

Math Computer Lab

Our students practice math daily on ST Math and Khan Academy. This afterschool offering provides time to get that practice in while on campus.

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Ms. Saintil-Belizaire


This after-school offering provides time to plan and ultimately paint a mural in our Lower School building.

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Ms. Yee

Photo Editing

Do you want to learn how to edit photos on the computer for graphic purposes? Please come learn with us!

Contact Ms. Mendes