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Boston Partners Award

Boston Partners Award

Boston Partners Award: On May 24th 2016, GPA received the Pamela L. Trefler School Partner Award from Boston Partners in Education at their annual Academic Mentor Party (AMP). "The school that receives the Pamela Trefler School Partner Award goes the extra mile to...

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Core Values Celebrations

Core Values Celebrations

At GPA we are so proud of our scholars who consistently have over 95% attendance! We celebrate as a community each month and highlight classrooms who are demonstrating high attendance and are always wearing their uniforms. It was amazing to watch each grade level take...

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ARCK Gala Art Resource Collaborative for Kids (ARCK) held their 5th annual gala this Fall 2016 and GPA was honored to have two of our 7th grade students, Shaniel Hernandez and Camila Desouza, as well as our 7th grade teacher, Katherine Atkins-Pattenson speak at the...

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Podcast Garage

Podcast Garage

A special thank you to our partner, the PRX Podcast Garage which is a community recording studio and educational hub dedicated to the craft of audio storytelling. Our 6th grade students, led by our wonderful teacher Randyl Wilkerson, went to the Podcast Garage to...

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Congratulations Scholars

Congratulations Scholars

Congratulations Scholars! On June 16th, 2016 GPA graduated our second 8th grade class since expanding from a K-5 to a K-8. 8th grade graduation was held at the Harvard Education Portal. Highlights from this ceremony included speeches from elected 8th grade class...

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May 3rd, 2016:  Boston College receives 1.2 million dollar grant to expand STEM programming

May 2nd, 2016:  Secretary of Education John King visits GPA to talk about teacher diversity

March 11th, 2016:  Harvard Allston Partnership Fund supports 17 fully funded and partially funded after-school enrichment program slots.

November 13th, 2015:  Exploring Paths to College at the Harvard Ed Portal

October 26th 2015: EdVestors Partnership launches interactive mathematics program

August 31st 2015: Best Selling Author, James Patterson, supports library and education makeover

June 26th 2015: GPA students experience Harvard Ed Portal for after school program

May 26th 2015: Big Brothers and Big Sisters connect with students during Mentoring Program

May 25th, 2015:  Group dialogue with parents and school staff through the YWCA Race Dialogues 

April 29th 2015: 2nd Annual family science event brings in Dr. Kathryn Hollar from the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

January 24, 2015: GPA students attend a women’s basketball game and hear from college student-athletes as part of Harvard University’s first “education day.”

October 30, 2014: NECN remembers Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s impact on Boston’s children with a feature on Playworks at GPA:

October 24th, 2014:  Zion Cadjoe receives the Class Act Award for his service to feeding the homeless

July 15, 2014: The GPA/YMCA Summer Program is featured in Harvard University’s Community Connections.

June 20th 2014: School rallies around Friday Arts Program

June 20, 2014: Harvard participates in GPA’s annual Friendship Feast.

June 1, 2014: GPA presents the 3rd annual Gardner Champion Award to Boston College Lynch School of Education Professor Irwin Blumer.

May 7th 2014:  GPA’s Adult Education program is highlighted at the Legislatures breakfast

April 24, 2014: Students, parents, staff, and partners come together for the first GPA Science Night.

April 7, 2014: Students from the Harvard Graduate School of Education tour GPA to learn about full-service schools.

December 4, 2013: GPA’s youth soccer program, run by America Scores, is featured on Harvard University’s “Community Connections” blog.

November 14, 2013: The Boston College Chronicle highlights the BC Music Outreach Program at GPA.

June 26, 2013: The Bay State Banner reports that Gardner Pilot Academy students’ artwork helps raise money for Art Resources Collaborative for Kids (ARCK).

March 18, 2013: The Harvard Gazette highlights the university’s partnership with GPA and the annual Gardner Champion Award presented to Lisa Moellman.

March 1, 2013: previews the 2nd Annual “Put Your Hands Up for GPA!” community event.

Fall 2012: GPA special education teacher Liz Byron will run 155 miles through the Sahara next spring to raise money for classroom laptops, earning coverage in the Huffington Post, and WBZ-TV News.

June 9, 2012: highlights K-8 ribbon-cutting and Friendship Feast at GPA.

June 8, 2012: City of Boston Cable Office (VIDEO) features the Gardner Pilot Academy K-8 Expansion.

June 6th 2012: BPS and GPA express gratitude for new K-8 expansion

April 24th, 2012:  More than 100 families attend math night at GPA

March 6, 2012: The Harvard Allston Partnership Fund announces continued funding for GPA programs. (

December 20, 2011: Gardner Pilot Academy is approved to become a K-8 school. (

October 9, 2011: Members of the Manchester United Soccer Team conduct a soccer clinic at Harvard Stadium for students in the GPA Summer Academy. (Egypt Intifada)

May 2, 2011: Volunteers from Harvard University help clean up GPA grounds during Boston Shines. (Harvard Gazette)

April 25, 2011: GPA fifth grade entrepreneurs share their innovative business ideas through the Harvard Business School Apprentice Program. (The Harbus)

March 9, 2011: The Harvard Achievement Support Initiative supports GPA’s Math Night and other family engagement efforts. (Harvard Gazette)

February 16, 2011: The Harvard Allston Partnership Fund awards $25,000 to support after-school and summer programs at GPA. (Harvard Gazette)

January 19, 2011: Students from the Institute of Politics at Harvard University help spruce up Gardner Pilot Academy. (Harvard Crimson)

December 22, 2010: A student “flash mob” dance to promote reading is covered by WCVB-TV, WHDH-TV and the Boston Globe.

September 14, 2010: GPA makes Adequate Yearly Progress across the board, achieves “good standing” under state and federal accountability systems.

September 11, 2009: The Allston-Brighton / Boston College Community Fund awards a grant to Gardner Pilot Academy. (Allston-Brighton TAB)

June 25, 2008: GPA alumna and after-school teacher Keyla Veloz wins the Dr. Thomas W. Payzant Public Service in Education Scholarship.

May 6, 2008: “Friendship Feast nets $10,000 for playground”: Friends of Gardner Pilot Academy hosts an innovative community celebration. (Allston-Brighton TAB)

May 5, 2008: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center highlights the opening of the Joseph M. Smith Community Health Center at GPA.

April 15, 2008: Gardner students unpack the “Ultimate Science Classroom.”

Fall 2008: FOSS (Full Option Science System) highlights “Science in the Schoolyard” at GPA in its newsletter.

August 9, 2007: Gardner School and Harvard Business School team up for summer fun and learning.

May 16, 2007: GPA science specialist Dean Martin wins the Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Environmental Education from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

June 2, 2006: Mayor Menino announces pilot school agreement for Gardner Elementary School.

October 16, 2002: City of Boston, Children’s Hospital, and Harvard School of Public Health present the Gardner School with the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Children’s Health.

February 3, 2000: The Boston College Chronicle profiles the university’s partnership with the Gardner School.




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