We are located at 25 Walk Hill Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130.

Our phone number is 617-635-7717.


About the BTU School

We are a shared leadership school. We do not have a principal, but instead direct the operation and development of the school through our committee structure, and our weekly faculty meetings. Our decision making is intentional and many decisions are made by consensus. Two lead teachers with a reduced teaching load perform many of the daily administrative tasks. We are part of a national network of teacher-powered schools. For more information please go to http://www.teacherpowered.org/

History of the BTU School

In 2005, the Boston Teachers Union and the Boston School Committee negotiated an agreement under which the Boston Teachers Union would open a new, teacher-run school to showcase their commitment to educating Boston’s children. Both the Union and the Boston Public Schools were excited about this unprecedented partnership, and worked hard to make it a reality. A committee of educators and union officers met regularly during the 2008-09 school year to plan and design the school. The first lead teachers were hired in February 2009, a partnership with Simmons College was formalized later that spring, and the Boston Teachers Union School opened its doors in September 2009, with 150 students in grades K1-2 and grade 6. By September 2011, we were a full K-8 school with approximately 340 students.