The Rafael Hernández Dual Language K-8 School

Welcome to the website for the Rafael Hernández Dual Language School!

The Rafael Hernández is committed to working with parents and the community within a diverse, nurturing environment in which students use Spanish and English as constructive tools for learning.

We believe students, teachers, and parents should work cooperatively to set and achieve goals that maximize each student’s potential, and that develop courageous learners, effective communicators, and responsible citizens.

What you need to know for the 2023-24 year

All important information from the district as well as our school will be sent via School Messenger on email. We provide information in both Spanish and English for our community. It is critical that your email address be accurate and checked regularly. To update or add your email, please reach out to any of the Key Contacts below. 

    • First day of classes for 1st-8th grade: Thursday, September 7th
    • First day of classes for K1 & K2: Monday, September 11th 

School Supplies (link): This is the list of items that your child will need for school. Please bring them with you during the second week of school.

Updated Uniform Policy (link): Due to families requests, we are strengthening our uniform policy for the 2023-2024 school year. See below for the guidelines, uniforms from previous years can still be used. Uniforms will be available for sale at school, with details sent via school messenger in August. You can also buy from Metro School Uniforms. Students that do not have the school uniform will have to borrow a uniform and return at the end of the school day. We will have periodic spirit weeks or “freestyle” days when students do not need to be in uniform based on class goals. Notification will be sent home for these activities. 

Adult Education Classes, Fall 2023-24

Email or call the school and ask for Johanna to register for classes.
Primeras Maestras Program: starting September 18th
ESOL Classes
Mondays,  3:30 – 5:30 in person (starting Sept 25th)
Wednesdays, 3:30 – 5:30 on Zoom (starting Sept 27th)
Thursday, 3:30 – 5:30 in person (starting Sept 28th)
Citizenship Classes: 
Tuesdays,  6:00 – 8:30 on zoom (starting September 26th)
Thursdays, 6:00 – 8:30 on zoom (starting September 28th )
Spanish Classes: 
Spanish Lower Level Class: Thursdays, 4 – 5:30 in person (starting September 28th)
Spanish Higher Level Class: Mondays, 4 – 5:30 in person (starting September 25th)

Contact or Visit Us 

Check in with us  at 617-635-8187 for information about tours. Our school hours for students are 8:30 AM to 3:10 PM.

We’re located in the heart of Egleston Square at 61 School Street, Roxbury, 02119:

Public Transportation: Take the MBTA Orange Line to Stonybrook Station. As you exit the station, turn left and go to Amory Street. Turn left onto Amory Street and walk until you reach School Street. Turn right onto School Street and walk six blocks up School Street (go past the first school that you see – this is the Mendell School) and the Hernández will be on your left.


Principal:  Ana Carolina Brito

Family Liaison: Anita Torres, [email protected]

Hernández School Director of Support Systems & Friends of the Hernández Executive Director:  Danielle Costello, [email protected]