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Johnson School

Why Johnson?

4 days ago

Our program is challenging, well-rounded, and connected to the natural and civic resources of Nahant.

At the Johnson School students experience a curriculum that reaches them where they are.

Kids with shovels
Through the use of  multi-level teaching, specialized reading books, online learning tools, and practice games and activities, we meet students' individual needs.

Level 1 school

Our school has earned a designation of Level 1 from the Commonwealth. This indicates that student overall achievement is high, and that we are closing achievement gaps between groups of students. This designation places us in the top 25% of schools in Massachusetts, and is based on performance on state assessments. See our School Report Card from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

A place-based curriculum

A community garden for art inspiration, science instruction, and history lessons

Hands-on, minds-on science at tidepools and thickets

Walking field trips to local historic sites

Traditions  While our educators are always innovating their teaching practices, we also have traditions that we are proud of. For over 50 years the 6th grade has produced a play during after school sessions. For over 100 years a student has recited aloud the Gettysburg Address. In more recent years, we have developed a close relationship with the US Coast Guard, inviting them to participate in reading celebrations, and in ceremonies recognizing our veterans.

Lasting Relationships  Students at our school develop lasting relationships that continue well past their years at the school. We support these, through alumni events, and through an annual scholarship ceremony for Nahanters graduating from their high school.

Our unique ties with the


Our school benefits from hands-on marine science lessons provided by the outreach educators at Northeaster university's Marine Science Center. Each grade level participates in in-school field trips that include artifacts and live animals, as well as guided visits to our local tide pools, sandy beaches, thickets and the decommissioned World War II bunkers that the University now uses for classroom space.


Enrichment Block

In addition to music, art, physical education and technology classes, we offer enrichment classes after school, during our Enrichment Block from 2:30-3:30.

Enrichment Block classes, organized by our PTO, include:


  • Spanish
  • Robotics
  • Engineering
  • Coding
  • Karate
  • Gardening
  • Instrument Sessons
  • Math Support
  • School Council



By Paul Kelly

Our Mission
The Mission of Johnson School is to facilitate, support, and celebrate academic excellence as students are
challenged individually and inspired to reach their full potential as productive members of our community and global society.

Principal's Message

4 days ago

Welcome to a new school year!

Dear Community Members,

I would like to welcome everyone to the 2017-2018 school year. We are looking forward to continuing initiatives begun during the past school year, as well as launching new ones. 

During this summer 5 teachers spent 4 days in training in the Responsive Classroom approach. With this complete, all of our classroom teachers are fully trained and prepared for implementation. Students will start the year by discussing how they will like their classroom to function, setting guidelines and expectations. They will also take part in regular morning meetings and will apply social and emotional learning skills learned during games and welcoming activities.

In the area of technology, we have added 24 ChromeBooks for use in classrooms. We will continue to use IXL, and keyboarding skills will be taught in grades 3 and 4 using the online tool Keyboarding Without Tears.  

This year you will also see the introduction of a new food-services program. We are excited to welcome Sidekim, which will cook our lunches fresh each day. To support meals with fresh ingredients, families will order lunches for the following week by Wednesday. An order form will be used to collect the order information and provide a digital menu to view. Payment will continue to be sent in with students, while we explore online payment options. 

Finally, I would like to invite you to a few welcome-back events. On August 30th the PTO will host a Parent Breakfast in the cafeteria following drop-off. On Wednesday, September 6th the school will host an Open House, where you will have an opportunity to meet your student's classroom teacher, as well as other school staff. 

I look forward to seeing you soon. 


Kevin Andrews

By Web Master

Core Values
At the Johnson School we:

* Set high expectations and standards for teaching and learning.
* Create a culture of integrity, responsibility and pride.
* Educate the whole child, striving for academic, artistic, physical, and interpersonal excellence.
* Collaborate and engage to foster educational innovation and experimentation.
* Respect and appreciate the worth of diverse individuals and groups.
* Cultivate respect among students, faculty, staff, and parents.
* Encourage and support parental involvement in their child’s learning.
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