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Headmaster's Message

August  2018


“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”--Mary Oliver


Dear Students and Families of The English High School,


Welcome to the start of the 2018-2019 school year! We are looking forward to welcoming our returning and new students back into our community for an exciting year with new programs, courses, and initiatives that we believe will make 2018-2019 the best school year  in EHS’s almost 200 year history.


Our faculty worked hard this summer to prepare new and engaging English Language Arts, Math, and Science courses that will be offered for the first time at EHS this Fall and Spring. Our new semesterised schedule will allow students to have more choice in the courses that they take, while also allowing us to make sure that the teachers are able to provide students with the supports and challenges that they need.


We are really excited about a new program that we will offer to all students this year: PIE Period. PIE Period is a 40 minute block every day during which students will meet with teachers for extra help in classes that they are struggling in, or sign up for enrichment activities such as Yearbook Club, Student Government, or Drumline.  All EHS students have been assigned a PIE Mentor, who will meet with them each Monday to review grades and set goals, and build their weekly schedule for PIE Period.


Our CVTE Pathways Programs continue to grow with offerings in Business Technology, Computer Programming and Web Design, Health Assisting, Protective Services, and Design and Visual Communications. These five programs are preparing our students to be college and career ready upon graduation from English High School. Pathways students participate in internships and our Health Assisting students get hands on experiences through a clinical rotation in a local nursing home and through a partnership with Harvard Medical School.


We are deeply committed to our roots as the nation’s first public high school, serving all students in the City of Boston and helping each student who enters our doors to become an intellectual, a passionate debater, a driven and motivated citizen of the world, and an empathetic friend. What will you do with your one life? We will help you find the answers.


We look forward to a great year ahead!


Caitlin Murphy,

Headmaster