About GPA

Located in the Allston neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, Gardner Pilot Academy is a full-service community school that serves nearly 370 students in pre-kindergarten (K1) through grade 8. Our school provides outstanding education and support to students from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. every day, with regular school hours between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

To achieve the school’s mission of academic excellence for all students, Gardner Pilot Academy (GPA) provides high-quality teaching, along with a range of social, emotional and enrichment programs.

GPA maintains strong relationships with dozens of community partners – including universities, physical and mental health providers, and non-profit enrichment, recreation, and arts organizations – that actively strengthen GPA’s ability to teach and enhance student learning.

As part of the network of pilot schools, similar to charter schools but part of the Boston Public Schools, GPA is exempt from many district and union regulations. Pilot status gives the school autonomy to offer innovative curricula, assessment, interventions, and a school culture that supports high expectations and achievement.

Our Vision

Gardner Pilot Academy educates the minds and develops the character of all students in partnership with families and community to ensure all children become socially responsible and achieve academic excellence.

Our Mission

The mission of Gardner Pilot Academy is to provide quality learning and social opportunities for our diverse student body, engage families, and offer health and community services through innovative programs and partnerships.

Gardner Pilot Academy serves a diverse population of over 400 students in preschool (K0) through grade 8.

Among all GPA students

More than 70% live in the Allston-Brighton community.
85% are eligible for free or reduced price lunch.
67% speak a first language other than English.
55% are English Language Learners.
17% receive special education services.

Students by race/ethnicity

65% Hispanic
13% African-American
11% White
7% Asian
4% Mixed/Other

Inclusion Philosophy

Gardner Pilot Academy values and appreciates every student’s unique strengths, needs and contributions to our learning community.  We educate all students in an inclusive setting through the use of collaborative teaching and we are collectively responsible for student achievement.  We offer rich learning opportunities to foster student independence and self advocacy and to promote student success while respecting each other’s differences.

Hive Five Griffin PRIDE

Promote Kindness
Respect self and others
Include everyone
Demonstrate Responsibility
Excel everyday

GPA Scholars are Kind, Caring and Inclusive.

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