Paul A. Dever Elementary School





Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

9:20 a.m. - 4:20 p.m.
Early Dismissal: 1:25 p.m.


To provide an education to children in grades k1-5


325 Mt. Vernon Street
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States

May 4,2009,
BOSTON – Beginning this September, the Paul A. Dever Elementary School in Dorchester will offer a dual language program, in which native English and native Spanish speakers learn side-by-side in both languages.

Initiated by teachers at the school, the dual language program will be piloted next year beginning with two kindergarten (K2) classrooms for five-year-olds, with two classes added at each grade in subsequent years. The program will gradually replace the current Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) classes currently offered at the school. The dual language classrooms will be comprised of half native English speakers and half native Spanish speakers, with approximately 40 students learning all subjects in both languages. The school will continue to have two other monolingual kindergarten classrooms.

Three other Boston Public Schools currently offer “two-way bilingual” programs in Spanish and English: the Sarah Greenwood K-8 School in Dorchester, Hernandez K-8 School in Roxbury, and Hurley K-8 School in the South End. Dever staff are working closely with teachers from these schools and with the Graduate College of Education at the University of Massachusetts Boston to develop the new program.