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.



The Hernández is excited to be launching a new Adult Education program this year! We know that learning for children starts at home, so we’ll be supporting the entire family in their learning goals through Adult Ed. We will be holding a variety of free classes and activities for families, most of which will be either during the hours of the After School program or will be accompanied by special childcare programming. 

We want our Adult Education classes to be what families want, so please share your ideas with our Adult Education Manager, Johanna Littlewood. Johanna can be reached at jlittlewood (at)  or (617) 635-8187 ext. 11100. 

English Classes:   If you would like to register for a free ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) class at the Hernández from 3:30 – 5:30 PM Mondays and Thursdays, please visit and click the Hernández classes. Please also email Johanna at jlittlewood (at) and tell her you are registering and to get your pre-test. 

Spanish Classes: We offer two levels of Spanish classes (beginner and intermediate) from 4:15 – 5:45 every Monday in person. Register with Johanna at jlittlewood (at)

Spanish/ English Conversation Group: Practice your English or your Spanish with other families every Wednesday from 8:00 – 9:00 PM on zoom. Contact Johanna at jlittlewood (at) to get the link. 

Citizenship Classes: Starting at the end of January we will have a three month long citizenship and English language class Mondays and Wednesdays in the evening on zoom. Register now with Johanna at jlittlewood (at) or by calling the school.  

Zumba Classes:   Zumba is a form of aerobic fitness exercise based on Latin dance rhythms. Classes will be offered for all adults – parents, guardians and staff one Thursday a month. The dates for the 2022-2023 year will be: October 13th, November 10th, December 15th, January 12th, February 16th, March 16th, April 27th, May 18th, and June 15th. 

Computer Classes: Starting in January we will offer in person computer classes and participants will get a free Chromebook at the end of the course! Register now with Johanna as space is limited.

Volunteering/ Visiting the Donation Center:   Our school is a community and we take care of one another. We also know everything is expensive these days! In the donation center you can find free clothes, uniforms, backpacks, toiletries, laundry detergent, and more. Please contact Brandel Delgado or Ana Contreras by phone at the school for more information or to volunteer your time. 

Healthy Living: One day a month we will offer 45 minutes of fitness training and 45 minutes of learning how to cook a delicious healthy recipe led by David Damiani and Hernandez grandmother Jeannette Hobson. Everyone who participates can take home a free delicious dinner for their family! Register the Monday before the event. 4:00 – 5:30. Dates: 12/1, 1/11, 2/8, 3/8, 4/12, 5/10, 6/14.

Financial Literacy Classes:  Run in partnership with JPNDC, there were financial literacy classes offered every Tuesday in October from 3:30 – 5:00. The topics were Goal Setting and Banking on October 4, Budgeting and Savings on October 11, Credit on October 18 and Home Buying on October 25. Refreshments were provided. Look out for other Financial Literacy classes in the future, including classes on getting a job later in the year. 

Other classes will be added throughout the year. 

March Calendar 2023

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

Student Engagement Coordinators:  Kassy Flores (Grades K-3) & Jessica Flores (Grades 4-8)

Family Liaison: Ana Contreras

Hernández School Director of Support Systems and Friends of the Hernández Executive Director:  Danielle Costello