Heath School serves the Chestnut Hill neighborhoods and has a population of 570 students. Heath’s core values are: Respect, Grow, and Engage. The school places a high value on student achievement and teacher collaboration. We are strongly committed to promoting equity and include as a goal in the School Improvement Plan that all students will have the opportunity to achieve at high levels. The school has an active Parent Teacher Organization, School Council, Diversity Committee, Social Action Committee, and the Heath Family Partnership that fosters connections between families in the METCO program and Brookline residents’ families.
Heath faculty has been recipients of prestigious grants and awards and has been recognized for their excellence in teaching locally and nationally. The Brookline Education Foundation regularly awards grants to Heath teachers so that they may continue to take risks, learn deeply, and travel globally in order to better serve Heath students. We take our professional learning seriously.
The school supports activities that foster community Pre-K through Grade 8. In Grades 4-8, elected representatives serve on Student Council. A number of school-wide events are held throughout the year, including Field Day, Day of the Reader, Science Day, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day assembly, and a whole-school Day of Service. We also have author visits and performances by various groups from the Brookline/Boston community and beyond. Each class has a partnership with an older or younger grade and share joint activities throughout the year.
All grades participate in community service, and Student Council representatives help coordinate the Holiday Toy Drive and food drive for the Brookline Pantry. Students in grades 4 are in charge of recycling and a third grade class manages the Lost and Found. Individual classes also plan community service such as participation in the Jolly Jaunt for the Special Olympics. Equally impressive is the Heath School community garden.
The PTO plays an important role in the school and organizes many events to encourage parent participation. Family events include a Welcome Barbeque, Family Math Night, International Night, Gallery Night, and the Mayfair. All families are members of the PTO.