BOSTON- Preparation of Roxburya public charter school that currently serves more than 1,500 Boston students on five campuses, has received approval from the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) to move forward with plans to build a new high school in Boston’s Newmarket neighborhood.
The new site will provide Roxbury Prep High School with space to build a state-of-the-art facility that meets the needs of its students, staff and community. It is near several public transportation options and will provide students with a permanent and well-equipped learning environment to help build community and create a complete high school experience.
“After a long and sustained effort, we couldn’t be happier to finally be able to move forward with our plans to build a permanent, world-class high school for our scholars, teachers and community to deliver on our promise. college and beyond,” Shradha said. Mr. Patel, Founder, Roxbury Prep High School. “The opportunity to have all of our students in one building, after years of relocation and separate campuses, in a neighborhood that is welcoming, representative and inclusive of our school community will strengthen learning, achievement and our school community. We are encouraged by the critical and ongoing investment efforts led by the City of Boston, neighborhood businesses and community partners to celebrate the contributions of the Newmarket neighborhood, and we look forward to joining these efforts, becoming long-term neighborhood partners and establishing even more opportunities in Newmarket.
Located on Proctor Street, the new location is ideally situated to serve the needs of the Roxbury Prep High School community. The 83,000 square feet will accommodate all students in grades 9 through 12 and will include a full-size gymnasium, cafeteria, performing arts spaces and high-tech science classrooms. Currently, Roxbury Prep’s 650 secondary students are separated by five miles and between two buildings in Hyde Park and Roxbury.
“I am delighted that Roxbury Prep can now build a brand new high school so that all four classes can be together in one permanent building. In the four years that Roxbury Prep tried to find a location for a new high school on Belgrade Ave, we constantly faced uncertainty, hindsight and prejudice. Finding a place in Roxbury where we can rise up, celebrate and be proud of our children and our school community takes time. The stability, community and sense of pride this new campus will bring is hard to put into words,” said Dorchester resident and Roxbury Prep parent Natasha Cole.
The new building will also serve as a base to build and strengthen the community. Roxbury Prep High School will join neighboring Mason Elementary School, pilot school Orchard Gardens K-8, non-profit organization The Base, student meal provider City Fresh Foods, as well as the new Newmarket Business Improvement District. This new location also provides students and staff with multiple options for using public transport, including four bus routes and the Fairmount Commuter Rail Line’s Newmarket stop, which are essential for the 80% of students who use currently using public transport to and from school.
“On behalf of the Newmarket Business Improvement District, we are delighted to welcome Roxbury Prep as a new long-term neighbor to Newmarket,” said Sue Sullivan, executive director of the Newmarket Business Association. “This news follows our recent investments in transportation, safety and neighborhood beautification, and we look forward to building on this positive momentum with a dedicated partner eager to join our community.”
“I am honored to support the proposed Roxbury Prep Charter School located at 69-71 Proctor Street,” said Councilor Frank Baker. “The new campus will be a positive addition to the Newmarket Business Association. All students deserve a quality education, learning together in one building, and I look forward to the day when we can bring them to this campus.
Roxbury Prep will partner with Suffolk Construction, a Newmarket-based company, for the development of the new secondary school. In addition to a modern, high-quality learning environment, the school will seek LEED Gold certification and will include high-efficiency lighting and electrical systems, electric vehicle charging stations, bicycle storage and solar panels on the roof. Roxbury Prep High School will also invest in public realm improvements. To improve multimodal transportation options and ensure accessibility, the project will replace deficient sidewalks, add crosswalks, add accessible ramps, and increase street lighting. Roxbury Prep will also be adding new trees and street benches to the Magazine Street area to improve public realm amenities.
“Suffolk has been a proud member of the Newmarket business community for nearly 40 years. We care deeply about this area and have always been a strong advocate for investing in its future,” said Suffolk Chairman and CEO John Fish. “We are honored and privileged to play a part in building Roxbury Prep High School in our own backyard. The new school will provide equitable opportunities and a modern, sustainable learning environment for the future leaders of our great city, and it will symbolize all that is possible when government, business and communities come together to achieve ambitious visions.
“Our students and their families deserve access to a top-notch educational space they can be proud of, and the Newmarket campus delivers on that vision,” said Ruven Rodriguez, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Roxbury Prep High School. . “Throughout this multi-year effort, we have seen firsthand how resilient our scholars and community are on the path to social justice and educational equity. I am thrilled that we can move forward and build a high school that our current and future community will be proud of, in a neighborhood that has been so welcoming and supportive.
Founded in 2015, Roxbury Prep High School has been working for four years to build a permanent campus to accommodate all high school students under one roof. The Newmarket neighborhood campus will usher in a new legacy for the Roxbury Prep community in Boston.