On behalf of the entire staff, I welcome you to the 2016 – 2017 school year of the John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science. As the newly appointed interim headmaster and proud O’Bryant graduate, I am both humbled and excited to lead a community where academic excellence is the standard for all students. In my return to the O’Bryant, I bring 19 years of experience as an educator with my role ranging from an English language arts teacher to a school leader. Highlights of my 7-year tenure as a school leader include maintaining a strong focus on instructional practices, analyzing data, ensuring that school-wide systems and structures contribute to student achievement, collaborating with families, developing partnerships, and writing grants. Over the course of the upcoming school year, and hopefully in the years to come, my goal is to expand upon this work within the O'Bryant community with your insight, input, and unwavering support. It is also my hope that we truly embrace our core values by holding each other accountable for being models of Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Discipline, and Excellence.
In preparation for our students’ return to school, it is important to highlight a few of the new and current educational opportunities available to our students. These educational opportunities include:
- Advanced Placement (AP) Courses in Computer Science, English Language Arts, History, Mathematics, Science, and World Language.
- Dual Enrollment Programs with Bunker Hill Community College and Wentworth Institute of Technology that allow students to earn college credits while enrolled in high school.
- Harvard Med Science Program to expose students to medical simulation lab experiences.
- Model United Nations Program for students interested in global studies.
- Music Program through the Roland Hayes School of Music where students work towards instrument mastery.
- Pathway Programs in Health Sciences and Engineering.
- 826 Boston Writing Lab.
As an exam school, one of our primary goals is to provide students with a rigorous educational experience that will allow them to compete for seats in the top colleges and universities around the world. To accomplish this goal, several supports are in place for student success. First, I am happy to announce that our Tiger Zone has a new and bigger location with greater capacity for after school tutoring. Second, our library is open on Monday – Thursday until 4 p.m. Third, teachers will continue to provide after school support along with community volunteers for academic tutoring.
Families, it is our hope that you become and continue to be active members of our school community. Take ownership by attending open house sessions, school parent council meetings, school assemblies and information sessions. It is during these meetings that decisions involving your child’s education are made. Please be sure to explore this website and sign up for the School Parent Council list serve to ensure you are updated regarding important school events and opportunities on a consistent basis.
Students, I encourage you to participate in enrichment programs and extra-curricular activities such as after school community service, job shadowing and internships, school sports, poetry and essay writing with 826 Boston, and much, much more. Please explore this website for a full list of opportunities.
It is my firm belief that shared responsibility and collaboration between the school and home will allow us to build on the successful practices in place so that we work as a unified community toward student success. Together, we can and will uphold the school's mission of ensuring all students "reach their full potential and become leaders who will shape the direction of society.” Again, we welcome you and look forward to working with you throughout the school year to provide a safe and productive learning environment that supports the success of all students.
Tanya Freeman-Wisdom, Ed.D.