Russell Elementary School750 Columbia Road
Dorchester, Massachusetts 02125
- Neighborhood: Dorchester
- Project Type: Schoolyard with Outdoor Classroom
- Year Completed: 2010
- Landscape Architect: Outdoor Classroom: Klopfer Martin Design Group
BSI completed the Russell in two phases: a schoolyard renovation in 2006 and and outdoor classroom to be completed fall 2010. Science is a priority at the Russell School; however, because of space constraints, there is no science room at the Russell School. The science specialists travel with their materials and lessons on rolling carts from room to room to teach classes. The school already has a tradition of using its outdoor space for science teaching exemplified by a 10-year partnership with EarthWorks, a former environmental education provider, and many of the school's teachers regularly take their students outdoors for instruction.