School on the Move Prize

Congratulations to the Winship Elementary School, winner of the 2020 School on the Move Prize!  In recognition of the school’s dramatic improvement, on October 28, 2020 the Winship received a $100,000 prize, public recognition, and the chance to share its improvement strategies with others.

The event can be viewed in its entirety here.

Hear about the F. Lyman Winship Elementary School in their own words:

Finalist: Charles Sumner Elementary School

Finalist: Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers

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 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.

Like many aspects of our lives over the past year, the 2021 Prize will be different in a few ways. School on the Move Prize eligibility criteria traditionally begins with a screen of MCAS data over a four-year period. As MCAS was not administered in 2020, we are excited to be opening the invitation to apply to many of our former eligible schools from over the past five years. We are eager to learn how Boston’s most improving schools have utilized their foundation of strong practices to pivot during the ongoing pandemic and the disruptions it has brought to our education systems. In excavating lessons learned from the past year of remote and hybrid learning, our goal is to advance conversations about potential key levers to aid the recovery & reimagining of learning in the coming years.

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.

2021 Eligible Schools

Elementary Schools

Samuel Adams Elementary

Alighieri Dante Montessori School

Manassah E. Bradley Elementary

Edward Everett Elementary

Curtis Guild Elementary

Nathan Hale Elementary

Oliver Wendell Holmes Elementary

John F. Kennedy Elementary

Patrick J. Kennedy Elementary

Thomas J. Kenny Elementary

James Otis Elementary

Michael J. Perkins Elementary

William E. Russell Elementary

Charles Sumner Elementary


K-8 Schools

Dennis Haley K-8

Joseph Hurley K-8

William Ohrenberger School

Oliver Hazard Perry K-8

Maurice Tobin K-8


High Schools

Jeremiah E. Burke High School

East Boston High School

Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers

New Mission High School


Eligibility note: Because MCAS was not administered in 2020, all schools who have been eligible in the past five years (2016-2020) and meet other baseline criteria are up for consideration in 2021.