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The Boston Globe


Overlooked city school creates a buzz

The first time she brought her 4-year-old to Mendell Elementary School, Ellen Shattuck Pierce braced herself for disappointment.

She knew little about the small Roxbury school in Egleston Square; she had never heard other parents talk about it. An artist and educator living in Jamaica Plain at the time, Pierce had imagined her son at the nearby Curley School, or in the wildly popular bilingual program at Hernandez Elementary - just around the corner from Mendell, but a world apart in reputation.

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