Johnson School

Why Johnson?

2 years 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.

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.