Inspired by the civil rights movement and Martin Luther King’s speech on the Boston Common in 1965…
Roxbury Weston Programs began in July of 1965, with a summer camp housed half time at the Case Estates, in Weston, and half time at the Blue Hill Christian Center, in Roxbury. The purpose of Roxbury Weston Programs was to bring families together from both communities, to create a learning environment in which to celebrate their diversity and achieve excellent early education for all. The impetus was to satisfy the prerequisite of the Weston School Committee that before the town could join the newly established METCO program (a state run program that voluntarily bussed children from Boston to suburban schools) proponents within the Town of Weston must prove that the Boston preschoolers were as well prepared as their Weston counterparts. The solution was to create both a day camp and a preschool to educate children from the city and the suburbs together.
There were fifty kids from Weston and fifty kids from Boston in the first session of the camp in July of 1965. By the summer of 1966, preschoolers were added to the camp and in the fall of 1966, Roxbury Weston Programs Preschool opened.
Today the mission of Roxbury Weston Programs echoes the original purpose, “to bring families together in a learning community dedicated to the celebration of diversity and excellence in early childcare and education”. Roxbury Weston is the longest running, voluntarily integrated educational program in the country.
"I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."
— Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr.
Over 50 years later…
We’re still here. stronger than ever…
Roxbury Weston Programs creates an open and intentional environment of cultural, socio-economic, linguistic, and cognitive diversity. Guiding children’s experiences alerts them to their world around them and transforms their learning and understanding. Our children emerge as socially aware and conscious thinkers, which carries them throughout their school career and well into their adult life.
Roxbury Weston Preschool recognizes the developmental needs of the whole child with equal emphasis placed on physical, emotional, social, and intellectual growth. Teachers design the curriculum to meet each child’s individual interests and needs, understanding that each child learns at his or her own pace and in his or her own way and time.
The preschool has been visited by members of the Boston Public Schools, the Schott Principals Fellowship, as well as leaders from the Weston Public School system. Two doctoral candidates from different institutions have conducted research at the preschool exploring curriculum content and methodology.
Our teachers from the preschool work diligently to align the standards, curriculum, instruction, and assessments within and across the preschool years through 3rd grade in order to bridge the early (PK) and elementary (1st-3rd) education experiences. This supports our children in learning the skills they require to succeed in school and in life. The standards, curriculum, instruction and assessments focus on social competence and self-discipline as well as academic skills. This quality of education has an enormous impact on a child’s lifelong learning and positively contributes to their health and development with a greater readiness for success in school and in life.