photography, 13″ x 19″
Many Charter schools cater to advantaged students. The students are often from savvy families that know how to navigate the school system. By contrast, Bridge Boston Charter School is “designed to serve the most vulnerable children”. Its mission statement states: “We believe the most effective way to lift children out of poverty is by equipping them with an excellent education. With a long day and school year, we are able to provide academic rigor, a commitment to nurture the whole child, and a breath of full-service programming to remove obstacles to learning”.
The school is growing a grade a year (currently K1-5) with the goal of K1-8. 20% of the students are currently or recently homeless, 39% are English Language Learners, 22% have special learning needs, 100% are qualified for free or reduced lunch, 99% are students of color, and 20% are receiving services from the Department of Children and Families.
My photographs record life in the school. Some of these photographs are used by the school for its newsletter and website.