Mather Elementary School1 Parish Street
Dorchester, Massachusetts 02122
- Neighborhood: Dorchester
- Project Type: Schoolyard with Outdoor Classroom
- Year Completed: 2010
- Landscape Architect: ICON Parks Design
The Mather Elementary School in Dorchester is the first public elementary school in America. Most of the students have few experiences with the natural world. The Mather's students come from Vietnam, Cape Verde, Latin America and Dorchester. Over 50% of the students speak a language other than English as home; over 20% have special needs. Said Emily Cox, Principal of the Mather School, "We want our students to understand the meaning of a 'green' building, to know from where their vegetables come, to understand the cycle of life first hand."