Dearborn Rebuild and Academic Turnaround

In the fall of 2009, GBIO began organizing at Dearborn Middle School in partnership with Roxbury Presbyterian Church (RPC) and Trinity Church Boston (TCB). The historic Dearborn school was in a state of physical disrepair – bathroom mirrors broken, asbestos risks in a school playroom, mold growing in classrooms – and on the verge of shutdown for its poor academic performance.

Leveraging relationships with public officials, in 2010 GBIO was able to help the Dearborn’s students, teachers, parents, and administration secure a commitment from public officials both to transform the Dearborn from a normal middle school to a grade 6-12 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) school, and to invest public money in a prompt renovation of the facility.

In 2013, a 9th grade was added for the 2013-2014 school year. In October, the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) approved the preliminary building design and GBIO secured the promise of Boston Mayor-elect Martin Walsh to "unequivocally support the Dearborn project through to completion." In November, architects unveiled the first architectural model for the new school building.

Finally, in March 2014, the MSBA approved a $70.7 million plan to rebuild the Dearborn grades 6-12 STEM Academy. See coverage of this victory in the Boston Globe: "High hopes for Boston's new Dearborn STEM academy."