Since 1961, The Advent School has stayed true to its founding vision: an urban school whose community reflects the diversity of Boston; a forward thinking curriculum that inspires and engages a child’s passion for learning; a commitment to social justice; and a culture of collaboration where every child has the confidence to take action in a connected world.
In 1961, as Boston dealt with interracial relations in the face of conflicting pressures, a group of concerned members of the Church of the Advent felt a critical need for a school to serve families of all races and economic backgrounds. The church offered space in its parish house to begin such a school, and under the leadership of Mona C. Hull, the vision for The Advent School came alive.
Enrollment grew and by 1969 the trustees had raised funds to purchase two brick-and-brownstone residences on Brimmer Street, a quiet, tree-lined street across from the church. The buildings were remodeled—with classrooms, a library, and office space—all while retaining many of the fine features of the historic space.
The School flourished in its new facilities and remained committed to the goal of its founders by seeking to enroll students from diverse racial, religious, and economic backgrounds from around the city. Children came from Beacon Hill, Charlestown, Dorchester, Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, the South End, and many other neighborhoods.
In 1965 the Reverend Robert C. Day succeeded Dr. Hull as Headmaster and presided over the School’s growth and development until his retirement in 1995. A high point in his tenure occurred in the 1991-92 academic year when the School was honored by the United States Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School for Excellence in Education.
Nancy Harris Frohlich was appointed Head of School in July 1995. During her tenure, Ms. Harris Frohlich developed and documented the sequential curriculum in every subject area, founded the Early Childhood program in 2004, and brought the Reggio Emilia approach to Advent. Ms. Harris Frohlich also opened the SMART Lab, which became a permanent part of the School’s campus in 2016.
In July 2013, Nicole A. DuFauchard joined The Advent School as its fourth Head of School. Since becoming Advent’s leader, she has strengthened the School’s social justice and service learning initiatives, reaffirmed its commitment to innovative learning inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy, and broadened the support for our faculty and students with the creation of the Department of Learning Services.