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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the school hours?

Hours for a regular school day are 8:10 AM – 2:25 PM for K–5 and 8:10 AM – 2:30 PM for Middle School. Students are expected to be in their seats, ready to learn, and finished with breakfast by 8:30 AM. On early dismissal days, students are dismissed at 12:45 PM.

How does the bilingual curriculum work?

The model changes as our students grow. K1 is full Spanish immersion. Then in the lower grades, children build a strong foundation in literacy by learning to read and write in their dominant language, while spending the rest of the day in Spanish on Mondays through Wednesdays and English on Thursdays and Fridays. After second grade, children move to a 50/50 model, switching languages each week, and in fifth grade and beyond, language switches with each new unit of study in a class. See our Bilingual Model page to learn more about becoming bilingual at the Hurley.

What is the uniform policy at the Hurley?

Uniforms are worn Monday through Friday.

Grades K–8

  • Khaki or navy blue shorts, pants, or skirts;
  • Solid colored white, navy blue, or light blue shirt, blouse, sweater or t-shirt (including Hurley School shirts);
  • Shoes and sandals (with a back strap; no flip flops); and
  • T-shirts, sweatpants, and sneakers on gym days.

All Hurley Wear is considered school uniform.

Is there an afterschool program at the Hurley?

Yes. The Hurley’s academic enrichment program, Bodega de Arte, provides full-time and part-time afterschool programming from 2:30 –6:00 PM Monday–Friday, and clubs from 2:30–3:30 Monday–Thursday. Children must be at least 5 years old to attend. See our Bodega de Arte page for more information.

Is there a before school program at the Hurley?

At this time, there is no program for students before school. Please check with the school office for more up-to-date information: 617-635-8489.

When does the school year start and end?

The first day of school is usually the Thursday after Labor Day for students in 1st–8th grades, and the following Monday for children entering K1 and K2. The last day of school is in late June; the date often shifts due to snow days and other changes. We try to keep the Hurley calendar up to date, but parents are advised to check the Boston Public School calendar in May to confirm the last day of the school year, or call the Hurley front office at 617-635-8489.

How can I learn about school closings?

How much is lunch?

As a Boston Public School, the Hurley provides universal free breakfast and lunch to all students.

How can I volunteer at the school?

The Hurley encourages parents to be classroom volunteers. Volunteers are screened according to Boston Public School guidelines and must undergo a criminal background check CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) and SORI (Sexual Offender Record Information) annually. Please visit the office for more information.

How can I donate money or goods to the school?

There are lots of ways to donate to the Hurley. Please see our Support section for more information. 

Is my gift tax-deductible?

Both the Hurley School and the Neighborhood Parents for the Hurley School (NPHS) are non-profit entities and most cash and some other types of contributions are tax-deductible, where permitted by law. When making a contribution directly to the school, please contact the school office to find out which contributions are eligible and to obtain a receipt. To make a contribution to NPHS, a 501(c)(3) organization and to learn to what extent it might be deductible, please contact the NPHS at discoverhurley.org.