‘Living lab of discovery’ has grown through collaboration

A view of the Boston skyline over Thompson Island.
Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe
A view of the Boston skyline over Thompson Island.

Re “A new way to excel on MCAS” (Editorial, Nov. 12): We wholeheartedly support your insights on the educational value of the Thompson Island experience, from which many of our students benefit each year. However, we want to underscore how this program has grown in recent years, and how much Boston’s public school teachers, principals, and administrators have contributed to this partnership.

In the past year, 35 Boston Public Schools brought more than 4,000 students to Thompson Island (up from 31 schools and 3,500 students in 2011), and leveraged the island as an important foundation for their curriculum. The school science department has collaborated with educators on the island to create the activities that bring the school curriculum alive.

Hundreds of students, from schools like Orchard Gardens in Roxbury and Curley K-8 in Jamaica Plain, come with their teachers for overnight visits. For the past three years, BPS students have enjoyed five consecutive weeks on Thompson Island integrating academics and experiential learning. This partnership is blossoming in our sights.


Boston school principals are thrilled to have Thompson Island’s treasures to explore with students, and Thompson Island is grateful for the close collaboration that has created what Superintendent Carol R. Johnson has called “a living laboratory of discovery” in our city’s backyard.

Arthur Pearson


Thompson Island

Outward Bound

Melissa Partridge

Office of Innovation,

Partnerships, and


Boston Public Schools