The Josiah Quincy Elementary School in Chinatown draws its diverse student population from several neighborhoods, including the Back Bay, South End, Roxbury, and East Boston. Parents prize the school’s outstanding academic programs and test scores, Mandarin instruction for all students, and wealth of extracurricular activities. Now, some worry the educational opportunities and diversity could be at risk under the school-assignment proposals unveiled recently by the School Department. In each of the proposals that draw new zones, the school would be shoehorned into one end of a swath that extends westward through Back Bay to the Fenway and Allston-Brighton.
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