School on the Move Prize

Congratulations to the Harvard-Kent Elementary School, winner of the 2019 School on the Move Prize!  In recognition of the school’s dramatic improvement, on October 31, 2019 the Harvard-Kent received a $100,000 prize, public recognition, and the chance to share its improvement strategies with others.


Hear about the Harvard-Kent Elementary School in their own words

The Harvard-Kent Elementary School, a 400-student school in Charlestown, serves a diverse community of students with a vast array of programs and supports, including a specialized program for students with emotional impairments and a Sheltered English Immersion program for students new to the country. The Harvard-Kent credits their improvement to a dedicated staff who share a commitment to creating a safe and welcoming environment for all students and fellow colleagues.

Finalist: Manassah E. Bradley School

The majority of students at the Manassah E. Bradley Elementary School, a 275-student school in East Boston, speak a first language other than English. The Bradley celebrates the diversity of their school community, whose students and families have rich traditions of oral language in their cultures. They credit their improvement to an intentional focus on building student voice throughout the school by tapping into those traditions and empowering student discourse.


Finalist: Thomas J. Kenny Elementary School

Located in Dorchester, the 300-student Kenny Elementary School has risen from the bottom ten percent of schools statewide, tripling their accountability level over the past five years. The Kenny credits its improvement to equal parts focus on operations, relationships, and academics, grounded in the belief that every student has a right to a high-quality education in a safe environment.


About the Prize

Through the Prize selection process, EdVestors seeks to understand how and why certain schools are able to accelerate student achievement. Each fall, EdVestors engages a select panel of civic and business leaders to dive deep into the stories of these rapidly improving schools and select one $100,000 winner and two finalists each year. Through a case study of the winning school and incorporating what we learn into the rest of our work, we help more schools make significant progress to improve education outcomes for all students.

The School on the Move Prize is presented each fall at a breakfast event that draws close to 300 guests and is an inspiring reminder of the hard work and innovation that can improve schools. The Prize is awarded in front of an audience of Boston’s leaders in education, the nonprofit sector, philanthropy, and business.

Prize Criteria & Finalists


Each spring, EdVestors invites a select group of Boston public schools to apply for the School on the Move Prize based on a rigorous quantitative screen of student achievement using historical and current state standardized assessment data.  The criteria identify schools with improvement that is substantially higher than their peers’ in one or both core subjects (English Language Arts and Math), as compared to BPS schools serving similar grades, with additional criteria related to school performance, student demographics, and graduation rates for high schools.

Typically, only 5-10% of schools each year meet the eligibility criteria and receive invitations to apply for the Prize. Invited schools are asked to prepare a written Prize application that details how they achieved dramatic improvement and outlines the strategies and best practices they employed. EdVestors’ Prize Selection Panel reviews applications and conducts site visits before announcing the winner at our annual Prize Ceremony.

School on the Move Prize applications are accepted from Boston Public Schools by invitation only.

2019 Invited Schools

Elementary Schools

Manassah E. Bradley Elementary School

Edward Everett Elementary School

Harvard-Kent Elementary School

Oliver Wendell Holmes Elementary School

Thomas J. Kenny Elementary School

James Otis Elementary School

Michael J. Perkins Elementary School

Winship Elementary School

John Winthrop Elementary School

K-8 Schools

Maurice J. Tobin Elementary School

High Schools

Dr. William W. Henderson K-12 School

East Boston High School

Muriel S. Snowden International School


NOTE: Only those schools meeting all the criteria are invited to apply each year.  Three former School on the Move winners, the Donald McKay K-8 School (2018), the Jeremiah E. Burke High School (2015), and the William Monroe Trotter Elementary School (2014), met all screening criteria but Prize winners are not eligible to apply for five years after their win.