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 power-holders, 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 rebuilding 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." Then in November, architects unveiled the first architectural model for the new school building, which will be the first in the country designed from the ground up to support STEM education.
Finally, in March 2014, the MSBA approved its contribution of $36.6 million to an overall $70.7 million rebuild of the Dearborn grade 6-12 STEM Academy. Read more about this victory in coverage from the Boston Globe: here.