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Project Alerta


All of our ALERTA teachers are highly qualified. They are certified teachers who work arduously in the classrooms with their students. The staff of Project ALERTA create an environment where education is highly valued by:

  • Instilling the confidence, drive, and academic skills students need to succeed — from elementary school through college
  • Helping students gain admission into the best middle and high schools in Boston, including competitive exam schools
  • Working with highly trained teachers in Boston Public Schools, many of whom have been with the program from the beginning
  • Hosting parent workshops at all schools, an important parental-engagement component of the program
  • Placing students in a higher education setting, where they can envision themselves as university students
  • Helping students develop positive self-identities, leadership skills, and problem-solving techniques

ALERTA teacher Lilybell Llera, William Blackstone Elementary School:

“As an immigrant from Puerto Rico, I became determined to learn how to read and write in English. As a Project ALERTA teacher, it’s rewarding to see our students blossom as they gain language proficiency, do better in school, and set their sights on a future college education.”

Project ALERTA

100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125-3393