Our school was named for Henry David Thoreau, who was a naturalist, a writer, and a teacher. He was born in 1817 and died from tuberculosis at the age of 45 in 1862. He wrote:
“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to this music he hears, however measured or far away.”
At Thoreau School, we value and appreciate many different drummers.
In 2014 Thoreau School was 1 of 48 schools in Massachusetts to be recognized as a Commendation School for its high achievement, high progress, and for narrowing proficiency gaps.
Thoreau School 2016-17 School Year:
- Enrollment: 467
- Teachers: 34.2
- Student:Teacher Ratio: 13.6:1
- Average class size: 19
The Thoreau Elementary School opened for learning on November 27, 1951 and housed 155 students. The building included a kindergarten wing of two large rooms, joined by a covered walk to the main building of four classrooms and the administrative offices. In 1955, an addition was completed which added eleven classrooms, an auditorium, a playroom with showers, a teachers’ room, a conference room, storage and bathroom facilities. In 1996, a new wing added seven classrooms, an art room, and an expansion of the cafeteria. In 2004, the main building, except for the 1996 wing, was torn down. The Thoreau community was temporarily housed in the old Alcott school. In 2006, the new construction of Thoreau School was completed and the Thoreau community moved back in for the start of school that September.