Background: Roslindale does not have any K-8 schools. The neighborhood's elementary schools end at fifth grade, and exam schools don't start until seventh grade. The Irving Middle School has not had a stellar reputation in the community. So Roslindale parents have been faced with the dilemma of what to do with their kids in the sixth grade. The Irving Advisory Group, made of of parents of elementary students and Irving students, was formed to find ways to improve the Irving.
The things I came away with:
- The community and BPS are trying to find creative ways to extend the school day. Currently, the Irving’s school day runs from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. That’s a lot of time in the afternoon from dismissal to when most parents get home from work. (My work day doesn’t even begin until around that time.)
- One option is to have the school day start an hour or two later, pushing dismissal back.
- That would still leave several hours in the afternoon. One of the key recommendations of the Irving Advisory Group was to fund extended learning for all Irving students. Currently, only 200 out of 700 students are served in the extended-learning program.
- There was a lot of love in the room for principal Arthur Unobskey, who is in his first year at the Irving. Parents said they have seen a lot of improvement in the school and student behavior in the community.