Mission & History


Neighborhood House Charter School combines rich and structured learning with extensive social/emotional programming to help all our students succeed in school and in life. We strive to develop scholars who seek knowledge, embrace effort, act thoughtfully, and commit to the common good.

Many children come to us with significant needs.  We don’t give up on them.  Our goal is that all of our students thrive at Neighborhood House, graduate from high school, and pursue post-secondary education on the path to achieve life success.


One of the very first charter schools in Massachusetts, NHCS opened its doors in 1995 with 51 students and a bold vision to become a beacon of educational excellence in a city of too many failing schools. Today, NHCS serves 400 mostly low-income students of color in one of Boston’s most diverse neighborhoods.  Our students’ performance on the MCAS – Massachusetts’ state-wide test which is administered annually to all 3rd-8th graders (and, at the high school level, 10th graders) – has earned us a reputation as one of the best K-8 public schools in the state.

Contact Us

  • Queen St Campus (grades K1 – 7)
  • 21 Queen Street
  • Dorchester MA 02122
  • Lower Mills Campus (grades 8-9)
  • 2220 Dorchester Avenue
  • Dorchester MA 02124
  • Phone: 617.825.0703
  • Fax: 617.825.1829
  • info@thenhcs.org
  • Directions and Map