Health & Wellness

As a full-service school, Gardner Pilot Academy is committed to removing the non-academic barriers that prevent students from achieving success.

As a full-service school, Gardner Pilot Academy is committed to removing the non-academic barriers that prevent students from achieving success.

Therefore, the school places great emphasis on the physical and mental health of all students, with a particular focus on prevention.

  • GPA relies on strong partnerships with health and wellness professionals, who provide a broad array of services in school.
  • GPA students engage in physical and recreational activity indoors and outdoors, including physical education classes and after-school enrichment clubs. Playworks engages students in organized, collaborative movement activities during and after the school day.
  • A school-based social worker serves uninsured and underinsured students during and after school. She also runs several group sessions designed to address relevant issues arising throughout the school year such as bullying, peer relationships, health and human sexuality, gender roles, leadership and mentoring.
  • A registered nurse is on staff full-time at GPA.
  • The GPA Wellness Council provides education, resources, and opportunities for students and staff to build healthier lives and a healthier environment. Composed of teachers, administrators, the school nurse, community partners, and parents, the Wellness Council focuses on healthy eating, physical activity, and staff wellness.
  • The GPA Governing Board has approved a Healthy Snack and Beverage Policy for the school.

As a full-service school, Gardner Pilot Academy is committed to removing the non-academic
barriers that prevent students from achieving success. Therefore, the school places great
emphasis on the physical and mental health of all students, with a particular focus on
prevention. GPA relies on strong partnerships with health and wellness professionals, who provide a broad
array of services in school.

Staffing:

  • GPA has a full time certified Boston Public School nurse at the school every day.
  • GPA has a nurse practitioner on site as part of our partnership with Charles River Community Health along with a team of other providers that can be accessed through the clinic.
  • GPA has a full time social worker through City Connects each year.
  • On site the school also houses at least three school counselors from partnerships with local agencies to provide mental health counseling in the school.

Health and Wellness Programs Offered at the School:

  • The Charles River Community Health Clinic on site provides students, families and staff with immunizations, physicals, and treatment for common ailments.
  • Tufts University School of Dental Medicine offers dental services on site, including both preventative care and treatment.
  • Tufts University School of Dental Medicine offers dental services on site, including both preventative care and treatment.
  • Boston College supports GPA’s efforts in nutrition education.
  • GPA students engage in physical and recreational activity indoors and outdoors, including physical education classes and after-school enrichment clubs. Playworks engages students in organized, collaborative movement activities during and after the school day.
  • GPA offers a full range of mental health services, including: evaluations; individual, group and family therapy; home intervention; consultations; workshops; and support groups for parents and staff. Services are provided through the Brighton Allston Mental Health Association, the Prevention Science and Practice Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Charles River Community Health Clinic. Students are referred to specific mental health providers based on student need, parental consent, and insurance coverage.
  • A school-based social worker serves uninsured and underinsured students during and after school. She also runs several group sessions designed to address relevant issues arising throughout the school year such as bullying, peer relationships, health and human sexuality, gender roles, leadership and mentoring.
  • A registered nurse is on staff full-time at GPA.
  • The GPA Wellness Council provides education, resources, and opportunities for students and staff to build healthier lives and a healthier environment. Composed of teachers, administrators, the school nurse, community partners, and parents, the Wellness Council focuses on healthy eating, physical activity, and staff wellness.
  • The GPA Governing Board has approved a Healthy Snack and Beverage Policy for the school.
  • 100% of students in the Before-School Program participate in additional physical education opportunities 3 times per week
  • Over 85% of of 4th through 8th grade after school students identified on the Survey of After-School Youth Outcomes survey that they have a positive adult in the after school program can help them when they have a problem.
  • 89% of parents anonymously surveyed who have students in the GPA/YMCA After-School Program indicated that they would recommend our After-School Program to their family and friends.
  • 1⁄3 of our students are receiving individual and/or group based counseling on site by licensed clinicians
  • 100% of K-5 students have opportunity to participate in GPA Fit Club at recess 3 times per week
  • Over 80% of students are served by the SMART Smiles dental clinic
  • 100% of K-5 students receive vision screening at GPA
  • About 20 students per year who struggle to have follow-ups on vision needs are seen by optometrists who come to GPA in the Mobile Eye Clinic and provide free care to students in need

 

This year GPA is very proud to have a new partnership with Food Corps. Meet our new Food Corps member!

Hello Gardner Pilot Academy!
My name is Chloe Miller. I am the 2018-2019 FoodCorps Americorps Service Member, and I am excited to be serving this year at GPA! This is a new partnership between my organization, FoodCorps, and Gardner Pilot Academy, so I wanted to properly introduce myself since I will be a new face around campus. I will be found working in classrooms, in the cafeteria, in the garden. I will be committed to also serving throughout the school and Allston community to facilitate GPA’s health and wellness goals, getting students engaged in hands-on learning around gardening and cooking, and finally, getting our kiddos excited about fruits, veggies and healthy foods from all different cultures!

My organization, FoodCorps, is committed to connecting children in schools to healthy, culturally-appropriate food. My goals will be to facilitate greater access to new foods, increase knowledge and change attitudes about healthy foods, and promote a positive environment around health and wellness. My program is funded through the Americorps network, and I will be serving for a total of 11.5 months, full-time here at GPA.

I am personally a newcomer to Massachusetts. I am from California, and recently graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz in December 2017 with a degree in Environmental Studies and a concentration in Agriculture and Sustainable Food Systems. I love to garden, cook, dance, be in nature and practice photography.

I cannot wait to get to know all the students of GPA and I hope I have the chance to get to know as many parents and community members as possible during my time here. And, if you have any collaboration ideas or questions for me please feel free to email or just say hello anytime!! I’m looking forward to learning all about this loving community of parents, guardians, students, teachers, staff, and community members that have made GPA such a diverse and dynamic institution.

Contact:
chloe.miller@foodcorps.org
(781) 474-2108

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