Flexible Minds

The future will require students to become comfortable with ambiguity and change. Imagination and creativity will be critical in helping students become disruptors in industry. Becoming critical thinkers and problem solvers who think systematically, intentionally, and by design is critical. These are the skills of successful entrepreneurs, innovators, and leaders. Here at CM, we want to train our students to be active learners and thinkers who can work in teams and adapt within different settings. CM strives to teach skills as well as content. Our dynamic curriculum blends traditional educational content with innovative pedagogy and learning experiences to ensure our students are primed to navigate the ever-changing world.

A CM graduate is prepared for manhood and the world it brings, a world full of unknown challenges, ambiguity, and complex problems. He appreciates difference, thinks critically and creatively, asks important questions, communicates with clarity, and understands the fundamental value of relationships. He serves his communities with empathy and is confident in his identity.

At CM...

Students solve diverse problems creatively and critically by thinking flexibly...
Eighth graders collaborate in groups to design and build coroplast boats that are launched in the Charles River. During the building process, students experiment with varieties in the shape of the hull to determine buoyancy and hydrodynamic effects on the boat's motion. As they undertake their design, students learn to self-assess their work and learn from momentary failure.

Students connect their academic experience to real-world situations and events...
In US History, students studied the first women’s rights movement including suffrage, employment, and wages. The study included a close-reading of primary source material. Students then discussed parallels to the current day, discussed the progress or lack of progress on key issues, and brainstormed potential solutions to issues of gender inequality.

Students learn to be thoughtful, conscientious, and engaged in civic and global citizenship...
In the seventh grade's Perspective of Citizenship course, students discovered the origins of democracy and citizenship in Ancient Athens. They analyzed the extent to which Athenian democracy was fair and equal, and whether it truly represented the definition of democracy as we know it today. At the end of the unit, students participated in an Athenian Assembly dressed in togas, where they discussed, debated, and voted on the same issues that Ancient Athenians did over 2,000 years ago. Students immersed themselves in the same type of assembly as the first citizens of Athens and they experienced what it felt like to participate in world's first direct democracy.

Students develop an aesthetic sensibility that values and allows them to analyze the role art plays in history, culture, society, and popular culture...
The Spanish IV Honors class visited the Museum of Fine Arts to view a special exhibit, Cecilia Vicuna's "Disappeared Quipu." Quipu or "talking knots" were a complex system of enumeration and record-keeping that entailed knotting thread. The World Languages Department, while emphasizing fluency in a student’s chosen language, also incorporates a comprehensive study of history and culture.

Flexible Spaces

We believe that where boys learn is critically important to how boys learn. That’s why we’re creating cutting-edge studio classrooms and collaborative workspaces. Over the past four years, we have invested $4 million into our campus to enhance our academic and communal spaces. In our classrooms, students get hands-on with projects that allow them to test concepts, engage in scientific discovery, and explore artistic expression. Our learning spaces are new and innovative. And they're a perfect match for our forward-thinking curriculum.

Math Studio

As the prototype for the studio design concept, the Math Studio allows for more dynamic interaction between the teacher and students and provides a space better-suited for students to apply their learning to real-world situations. It’s not just new furniture. It is a new approach to teaching and a new atmosphere for learning. An energetic, engaging space leads to energetic and engaged students.

Freight Farm

Students and faculty collaborate to grow basil, lettuce, cilantro, and other fresh produce. Students learn how to maintain a hydroponic farm while also learning about sustainable farming and other environmental issues. Besides the science behind the farm, students put into action the principles of social justice learned in theology classes by donating the healthy, nutritious greens to local food pantries.

Innovation Lab

The Innovation Lab houses five 3D printers, 24 robotics kits, a laser cutter, and a vinyl cutter. More important than the equipment, the Innovation Lab is an incubator for unique product designs, creative problem-solving, and design engineering. In addition to a mental sweat, students learn the value of collaboration and learn the value of momentary failure. In the lab, students develop products for investors, blend art and engineering, and design, build, and launch their own boats.

Critical Making Studio

CM partners with EXPLO, a non-profit educational organization that offers summer programs in a dynamic environment of intellectual inquiry to offer Critical Making courses for 7th and 8th graders. Students are presented with narrative-based, multi-discipline-focused problems that they must solve using hands-on construction. Collaboration and communication are keys in this curriculum as students learn the value of momentary failure while developing a strong sense of self-efficacy.

CM is the only school in the state offering Critical Making courses at the middle school level. The inquiry-based curriculum at CM is preparing students for a dynamic, innovative, and fast-paced economy.

About Us

Catholic Memorial, the Christian Brothers School of Boston, prepares boys for college, manhood and a world full of unknown challenges, ambiguity and complex problems and the importance of relationships.


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West Roxbury, Massachusetts 02132
Phone: 617-469-8000
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