Rich Structured Learning Experiences

NHCS’s educational philosophy is that children learn best when they are experiencing, creating, enjoying, and thinking in an environment that is carefully structured to achieve the goals of the unit or lesson effectively.

When school is both hard work and fun, minds come alive.

NHCS believes that quality lessons are both rich and structured. The richness is designed to stimulate engagement and foster a love of learning by providing deep, meaningful learning experiences that allow students to engage with the material in a variety of different ways, including art, literature, performance, and hands-on experimentation. The structure ensures that all teachers are well-organized and make use of data and assessments to ensure that students meet or exceed standards. Rich Structured Learning Experiences (RSLEs) are the means through which NHCS purposefully and explicitly helps its students develop the academic and social-emotional competencies that are necessary for their success in further education and in life.

two connected puzzle pieces, labeled "rich" and "structured"

What are Rich Structured Learning Experiences?

  • Neighborhood House Charter SchoolAs part of a curriculum on earth science—the intersection of geography, geology and weather—8th grade students created their own glaciers and demonstrated their effects on a model landscape.


  • In 3rd grades students spend many weeks in their social studies classroom learning the history of Massachusetts, with a particular focus on the Wampanoag tribe. In addition to reading and writing about the Wampanoags, students role played the interaction between the tribe and the colonists, including eating foods that both groups would have eaten. In tech class, each student had the chance to design a Wampanoag avatar.

Making Lessons Rich by Integrating Arts in the Academics

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  • 21 Queen Street
  • Dorchester MA 02122
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  • 2220 Dorchester Avenue
  • Dorchester MA 02124
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