About the McCarthy School

The John E. McCarthy School is a vibrant learning community serving 250 students in kindergarten through grade 5 and approximately 100 additional students enrolled in the integrated preschool program. At the McCarthy School , we treasure the belief that wonder is the beginning of wisdom. We understand that our purpose is to cultivate this belief in all students through a comprehensive curriculum that promotes individual growth and success in both the academic and social realms. Further, we value the importance of a solid partnership between home and school in which success is realized when open communication between students, teachers, and parents is embraced.

The McCarthy School maintains high-quality teaching and learning through a strong interdisciplinary curriculum in which subjects and skills are integrated and embedded through hands-on activities, inquiry-based instructions, and rich and multi-faceted projects. We offer an academically rigorous curriculum aligned with Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, which focuses on achieving competence in all the areas of reading, writing, mathematics, science, social studies, and the arts.

At the McCarthy School , we support an inclusive philosophy of learning, offering heterogeneous classes, flexible instructional groups, and support services which are designed to meet the needs of students with diverse learning styles. Classroom teachers collaborate in grade level teams to develop curriculum, share instruction strategies, plan assessments, and review current research. Additionally, specialists work closely with classroom teachers to provide related services in special education, remedial reading, English as a Second Language (ESL), speech and language therapy, and occupational and physical therapy. Students also receive specialized instruction in art, music, and physical education on a weekly basis.

The McCarthy School prides itself in preparing technologically proficient students who are equipped with the necessary skills to succeed in the 21 st century. Our computer lab houses a total of 25 computers, an interactive SMARTboard, and color and black and white laser printers which all students have access to during their scheduled classroom times and throughout the week. There are also computers in each classroom, which offer opportunities for further practice, integration and advancement with our curriculum.
The McCarthy School also recognizes our responsibility in preparing students who are ready for the challenges of an ever-changing, pluralistic society. Therefore, character education is strongly emphasized through the socio-emotional curriculum of the Responsive Classroom and through our guidance department's instructional programs. These core values are reinforced throughout the daily life at the McCarthy School .

The McCarthy School greatly benefits from an active parental community involved in our Parent Teacher Organization and School Council Advisory Board. These groups meet monthly to plan special events, organize fundraisers and develop school improvement goals. They are a vital and essential asset to our growth and success. During the school year, these organizations plan activities which have become traditions at the McCarthy school. Some of these events include a beginning-of-the-year ice cream social, various cultural events, book fairs, science fair, and field day .

The McCarthy Elementary School is a nurturing, child-centered environment in which all of its members contribute to lifelong learning. We acknowledge and honor the mission statement of the Peabody Public Schools to �prepare students to be life-long learners and critical thinkers who meet the challenges of cititizenship in an ever-changing world.�

Please visit us and witness our McCarthy School pride first-hand!

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