Paul Cuffee School instills in our students the values of personal initiative and social responsibility through hands-on experiences that enhance academic, practical, civic, and social knowledge. As an all inclusive urban charter school, we cultivate an environment where every student excels, and we strive to close achievement gaps between Latino American, African American, and Caucasian American students. Our student achievement results continue to be impressive; we consistently outperform our sending district and are highly competitive at the state level as well. We admit our students by public lottery, which means we educate all without regard for ability or other factors.
We firmly believe that each child will succeed. Through a dynamic and rigorous curriculum, differentiated instruction, innovative teaching methods, and ongoing review and implementation of best practices, our caring and passionate teachers prepare students to thrive in school and beyond. Our maritime curriculum emphasizes problem solving, creative thinking, and cooperation as well as academic learning. In each of our buildings—Lower School, Middle School, and Upper School—we provide a supportive and nurturing environment in which our students can take responsible risks and imagine how they will contribute richly and widely to their communities.
Our goal at Paul Cuffee School is to prepare our students for life. We want them to understand and embrace the importance of personal integrity, social justice, philanthropy, and service. Ultimately, we strive to educate intelligent, reflective, engaged global citizens who are eager to make a difference in the world they inhabit and will, in time, inherit.
The spirit of our namesake, Paul Cuffee, pervades our school. An 18th century Quaker sea captain of African American and Native American descent, Paul Cuffee valued personal dignity and integrity above all else. He was reportedly the first Africa American to walk through the front door of the White House, requesting the return of his ship, The Traveler, which the government had seized during the War of 1812. (He got it back.) His courage and strength inspire us to believe that if he could then, why not you now?
We hope that this vibrant community will inspire you as well. Whether you are already familiar with Paul Cuffee School or are new to our community, I invite you to explore our website and learn more about who we are, what we do, and why it matters. It is my hope that our vitality will be palpable and that a virtual visit will inspire an actual one.
Interim Head of School