Welcome to Pierce School!
| The John Pierce School
The John Pierce School serves the Brookline Village neighborhood. An emphasis on community, equity and achievement are the guiding principles that give us our unique, close-knit and cooperative spirit. Our diverse population is made up of approximately 795 students, one third of whom speak English as a second language.
Flags from over 70 countries adorn the school representing the home land of many Pierce students. A wide socioeconomic range is represented among the 450 families (669 students) at Pierce. Residential housing has exploded in the school community over the last five years contributing to a swell in enrollment.
The strong academic culture is evident in our students’ achievements in traditional assessments and in other areas, such as National Geographic’s Annual Geography Bee, the town-wide math league, Math Counts for 7th and 8th grade students and our school’s service learning projects where students learn about the needs and circumstances of others. Students then use their knowledge to help those organizations which support the various identified needs. Our students have a number of varying service learning experiences. “Hope Found” (3rd grade annual Shattuck Shelter project), Half-Way Day contributions to Brookline New Pathways Halfway House (led by 5th graders), the Barakat organization - a program supporting Afghan Women’s Literacy (our sixth graders lead this effort) and the Walk for Hunger (a 7th grade project) are some examples of the programs made possible through a strong community service and service learning focus. Students participate enthusiastically in growing numbers each year.
Collaboration among staff is highly valued and is facilitated on a daily basis by the school’s physical layout. Pierce School is situated in a campus-like setting, with classrooms in two separate buildings. The historical building, a more traditional school structure, houses all of our kindergarten classes, a first and second grade class, and most of our 7th and 8th grade classes. The main building, completed in 1974, is an open structure that reflects the open classroom philosophy. Our three-story school library serves as a hub for teaching and learning, as it is surrounded by most of our open classroom spaces.
Our active parent community allows students and families to experience a variety of extra-curricular programming at Pierce School. The Performing Arts program presents two musicals each year, one for grades 3-6 and another for grades 7 and 8. The PTO also sponsors a range of school-wide activities, such as performances arranged through the Brookline Arts Council, the quarterly Principal’s Forums, the annual Book Fair, Skate Night at Larz Anderson and the annual Pierce Picnic, to name a few.
Pierce graduates experience a smooth transition to our large high school campus of three buildings, having become accustomed to a multiple building setting at Pierce. Over the years, students have frequently returned to Pierce as interns and staff as a result of our close-knit and caring community of teachers, students and parents.