Dearborn Early College Kick-off (DECK)

Are you the family of a current Dearborn 7th or 8th grader?

Do you want your student to earn a free Associate’s degree from Franklin Cummings Tech at the time of their high school graduation?

Students who earn an Associates degree by the time of their high school graduation save on up to 2 years of college tuition – the equivalent or $30,000 at a public college and often more than $100,000 at a private institution!


What is this program?

The Early College Academy is a partnership between The Dearborn STEM Academy and Franklin Cummings Tech that places 7th and 8th graders on a path to earning a free Associate’s Degree from the Franklin Cummings Institute of Technology (formerly Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology) by the time they earn their high school diploma from the Dearborn. There will also be the opportunity for some students to stay for a potential 13th year – we call them “super seniors” – in order to finish their Associate’s Degree

What can my student study?
Here are the areas students can study:




Who is this for?

This is for all students – but students will have to do extra work! There will be a summer programs for students, and students will have accelerated coursework while at the Dearborn.



When does this start?

DECK launched in summer 2023 and will continue each year. The program will be in-person at the Dearborn.  Students will be enrolled in academic and college/career activities.

  • Students will each receive a stipend of $800. Students must meet the DECK requirements in order to earn the stipend.
    • Summer school buy back credit available in lieu of stipend.
  • The program will be 4 weeks long, 4 days/week M-Th, 8am-11:30am and will include 1 college/career field trip per week, 1 skill building workshop per day, community building/check in as well as accelerated ELA and Math instruction.
  • If a student and family are interested but will be out of town this summer, we will work with you to ensure that your child can be prepared for the fall.


How do I sign up?

Applications are now OPEN! Please complete the form below for more information. It is available in the following languages: English, Cape Verdean Creole and Spanish.  You may also use this link to access the form.


What if I have more questions?

We will be having in-person and virtual information sessions that will be announced shortly. You can also email us at

STEM Career Pathways at the Dearborn

What’s it like for students in Dearborn’s career pathways program? In this video, hear from students and staff as they describe the Computer Science pathway, the first of three pathways that the school launched.

We offer three career pathways: computer science, engineering & advanced manufacturing and health & life sciences.  All programs are aligned to industry skills and standards and include early college and internship experiences that will help students transfer learned classroom skills into authentic college and career experiences.

Future of School — An Industry-driven Design Session

The global career landscape is changing, and we as educators need your input to design school in a way that prepares students to be successful in your workplace.

Dearborn STEM Academy, an open enrollment Boston Public School, is a middle and high school equipping Boston’s students with the skills, access and agency to take their place in our city’s high-tech economy. As we prepare to move into a brand new building designed for STEM education, we have a great opportunity ahead of us. Fully utilizing our innovative learning spaces and industry partnerships, we can serve as a demonstration site for the entire district. In order to do so, we need regular input from industry partners to develop the curriculum and programming that will put students on a path to career success.

Please join BPE and the BPS Office of External Affairs for an ideation session in which we’ll ask:

  • How can we reimagine middle and high school to prepare students for jobs that might not even exist yet?
  • What are the courses, work-based learning experiences and career pathways that students need to be successful in your industry?

Led by Augusta Meill, CEO of AGNCY, you’ll help us imagine ways organizations like yours can develop these skills in students.

With a welcome from
Rahn Dorsey, City of Boston Chief of Education


May 8 at District Hall, 11:30-1:30

75 Northern Avenue, Boston

By Invitation

Join the online discussion at #futureofschoolBoston


At Dearborn STEM Academy, we offer interdisciplinary Career Pathways to prepare all students for college and careers. Our goal is to ensure that our graduates can successfully access promising careers with advancement opportunities that allow for wealth building. We focus specifically on STEM careers, aligned with Boston’s rich STEM industries.

Every Dearborn student graduates with a post-secondary postgraduate plan which is focused on their interests and ambitions, and informed by their coursework, work experiences, and early college experience. Dearborn students are empowered to envision their futures in college and career through opportunities to experience both in a supportive high school environment.

We are an open enrollment Boston Public School preparing students for today’s top tech careers by bridging rigorous academics with career exposure.

Our middle and high school academics and experiences include:

STEM career pathway program:

Every student chooses Computer Science, Engineering & Advanced Manufacturing or Health & Life Sciences.

Challenging STEM curriculum:

Students learn coding, video game design, robotics, app development, CPR and first aid training and more through hands-on, project-based learning.

Immersive career exploration program:

Students visit colleges, local companies and meet industry professionals.

Early College Program:

Students can earn up to 60 college credits (up to an Associates Degree), at no cost to families, at the time of their graduating from high school. During the 2022-2023 school year, 33% of Dearborn students in grades 10-12 completed Early College courses.

Our higher education partners:

Wentworth Institute of Technology, Benjamin Franklin Cummings Institute of Technology, Bunker Hill Community College, and Roxbury Community College

Our workplace partners include: Cambridge Mobile Telematics, Mass General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Vertex, Bermeyer, Haley and Aldrich, Olin College, and Gillette


Students attending Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School are guaranteed admission to Grade 6 at Dearborn STEM Academy.

Priority deadline for grades 6, 7 and 9 is February 9, 2024

To, enroll, select Dearborn as your first choice on your school choice form.

Letter to families regarding uniforms – fall 2017

Dear Dearborn STEM Academy Families

In order to provide students and families with more clothing and size options, as well as year round uniform services, Dearborn will no longer sell uniforms out of the school. We are excited to announce that uniforms will be available for purchase at L&M Bargain Stores starting July 15, 2017. Prices and contact information for the store can be found on the attached sheet. Parents should review the dress code policy below.


Dress Code:  In order for Dearborn to create and maintain an environment that is safe, orderly and free from distractions, all students are required to wear the full school uniform every day. The uniform consists of three pieces of clothing:

  • Middle School Students: navy blue long or short-sleeve polo shirt, khaki-colored cotton twill/dress pants with no side/cargo pockets and sneakers/closed-toed shoes; low or high top footwear are both permitted. Navy crew neck sweaters and zip up hooded sweatshirts with Dearborn logos are permitted. Students are not allowed to wear hoods or hats once in the building.
  • High School Students: purple or black long or short-sleeve polo shirt, khaki-colored or black cotton twill/dress pants with no side/cargo pockets or black jeans and sneakers/closed-toed shoes; low or high top footwear are both permitted. Navy crew neck sweaters and zip up hooded sweatshirts with Dearborn logos are permitted. Students are not allowed to wear hoods or hats once in the building. 

The gym uniform is navy blue for ALL grades.  Tee shirt or sweatshirts are allowed along with shorts or sweatpants.  All black sneakers are required for gym.


In order to be fully prepared to meet uniform requirements, we suggest that students start off the school year with at least all of the following items:

  • 1 uniform sweatshirt
  • 1 uniform polo shirt
  • 1 uniform tee shirt
  • 1 pair of uniform sweatpants
  • 1 pair of khaki pants (and/or black pants for high school students)

If you have any questions or concerns regarding uniforms over the summer, please feel free to contact Estefania Alves at 617-306-8853.

Thank you,

Lisa Gilbert-Smith |Head of School

Dearborn STEM Academy

60 Washington Street, 4th floor (entrance at 60 Geneva Avenue)

Dorchester, MA 02121

617-635-8412 phone/617-635-8419 fax


Estimada Familias de Dearborn STEM Academy:

Para proveer a las familias e estudiantes más opciones en término de los uniformes y tallas, Dearborn no continuará vender los uniformes en la escuela.  Empezando el 15 de Julio, los uniformes se podrán comprar el las tiendas de L&M Bargain.  Podrá encontrar información sobre los precios de los uniformes y cómo comunicarse directamente con la tienda en la página incluida. Favor de revisar el código de vestimenta que sigue:

Código de Vestimenta:

Para mantener un ambiente seguro, libre de distracciones, y con orden, requerimos que todos los estudiantes se vistan en sus uniformes todos los días. El uniforme escolar consiste de tres piezas:

Estudiantes en Escuela Intermedia: Polo de mangas largas o cortas de color azul marino, pantalones de vestir en color caqui sin bolsillos. Zapatos deportivos o regulares que sean cerrados. Se permite sueter con cierre que tengan el logotipo de Dearborn. No se permite que los estudiantes usen gorras o sudaderas con las capuchas puesta.

Estudiantes de Escuela Secundaria: Polo de mangas largas o cortas de color púrpura o negro, pantalones de vestir en color caqui o negro sin bolsillos. Zapatos deportivos o regulares que sean cerrados. Se permite sueter con cierre que tengan el logotipo de Dearborn. No se permite que los estudiantes usen gorras o sudaderas con las capuchas puesta.

El uniforme de gimnasio es azul marino para todos los grados.  Un suéter o camiseta azul se puede usar con pantalones cortos o largos.   Estudiantes se cambiaran a su uniformes de gimnasio al empezar de la clase y se pondrán sus uniformes de escuela al terminar de la clase. Estudiantes que tengan la clase de gimnasio el primer periodo del día podrán reportarse a la escuela con sus uniforme de gimnasio puesto.  Al terminar la clase, se tendrán que cambiar a sus uniforme escolar.

Para que los estudiantes estén preparados en término se el código de vestimenta, se recomienda que los estudiantes empiecen el año escolar con las siguientes piezas de ropa:

  • 1 suéter
  • 1 polo
  • 1 camiseta
  • 1 pantalón de sudadera
  • 1 pantalón caqui (o negro para los estudiantes en la escuela superior)

Si tiene cualquier pregunta o inquietud a cerca del código de vestimenta, favor de comunicarse con Estefania Alves al 617-306-8853.


Lisa Gilbert-Smith |Head of School

Dearborn STEM Academy

60 Washington Street, 4th floor (entrance at 60 Geneva Avenue)

Dorchester, MA 02121

617-635-8412 phone/617-635-8419 fax


We are grateful for the support we receive from the donors and partners who make our work possible. You can support the ambitious mission of Dearborn STEM Academy by donating here:Ms. Hughes class




We offer the following sports teams:

Football (with Madison Park High School)

Track & Field

Junior Varsity – Boys Basketball (with Fenway High School)

Varsity – Boys Basketball (with Fenway High School)

Middle School – Boys Basketball

Middle School – Girls Basketball

Varsity – Girls Basketball (with Fenway High School)

Varsity – Boys Soccer (with Burke High School)

Middle School – Girls Volleyball


Sport Schedules 2022-2023


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    Phone: 617-635-8412
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