The mission of King Open School is to build rich, meaningful learning experiences using the expertise and potential of staff, students, and families. We seek to help each student achieve academic success and develop a lifelong love of learning. Social justice is King Open’s guiding principle and informs everything we do—from curriculum design to recess to relationships with families. We believe that all students must discover their capacity and responsibility to make a positive contribution to the world around them.
The Martin Luther King Open School was founded over 30 years ago as a K-8 Cambridge public school by a group of parents and staff who sought to create a vibrant learning community dedicated to social justice that would be economically, socially and culturally diverse. When the school first started, such innovative learning communities were hard to find. Over time, the staff and families of King Open have worked hard to refine the curriculum and approaches to learning that guide the school. It is a community committed to ongoing reflection and improvement of practice.
In 2002 King Open moved to the Harrington School building near Inman Square on Cambridge Street, its current building.With the relocation and growth, King Open has been enriched through the school’s greater diversity and its strong connections to the many communities of Cambridge. In 2012 King Open became a K-5 as part of a citywide initiative that converted all elementary schools to K-5 and created four new upper schools serving grades 6-8. The school’s essential mission and philosophy remains a motivating and unifying force as we now focus on grades K through 5th.
King Open is at 359 Broadway. After 5th grade, King Open students join 6th graders from the Cambridgeport School and the Fletcher Maynard Academy for middle school in CSUS.
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