About Our School

Front of Bernazzani Elementary SchoolBuilt in 1955 on a portion of MDC property that was once both farmland and the site of the Stony Brae Golf Course, the Furnace Brook School (named after the old Blast Furnace in West Quincy) was renamed the Charles A. Bernazzani School in 1989 after the untimely death of its popular principal.

As an elementary school, our major task at the Charles A. Bernazzani School is to ensure that students learn basic skills in an environment conducive to excellence in education. The school strives to achieve the goals of the Quincy Public Schools in its quest to educate students to become self-fulfilling individuals, good citizens, and competent workers.

Bernazzani Elementary School Sign

In addition, we support the mission statement developed by the Massachusetts Board of Education as part of the Education Reform Act: to provide each child with the values, knowledge, and skills needed to achieve full potential in his or her personal and work life and to contribute actively to the civic and economic life of our diverse and changing democratic society.

Our mission statement, developed by the Bernazzani School Council, with input from staff and parents, asks us to promote, on the part of students, a joy in and desire for learning. It encourages parents and teachers to work together to maximize the education of the child, and administrators to maintain a school climate in which staff, students, and parents are involved in the learning process.

Message from Principal Peter Dionne of Bernazzani:

Peter DionneWelcome to the Bernazzani School! Our learning community enjoys a proud history of learning through the arts and setting high standards for academic excellence. We invite you to share in that commitment to excellence and to join us in instilling in your children both a desire for and joy in learning. Working together, we will ensure continuing achievement in your children's early education and prepare them to meet the demands of the new academic standards and the exciting challenges that face them in the new millennium.


Elementary School is an important first step in your child's education. Quincy Public Schools are there from the first time your kindergartner picks out a book at the school library to the first grader having success in math to upper grades where students take their basis of knowledge and expand it to more advanced thinking.


Bernazzani Elementary is dedicated to providing the finest educational, remedial, and enrichment programs to our students. With a wide variety of programs, every student can discover new interests, explore favorite subjects in greater depth, and learn valuable skills.

Academic Programs:

  • Prep For Success Grade Three English Language Arts

  • Prep For Success Grade Three Mathematics

  • Prep For Success Grade Four English Language Arts

  • Prep For Success Grade Four Mathematics

  • Prep For Success Grade Five English Language Arts

  • Grade Five Math Club

Remedial Programs:

  • The Literacy Program

Enrichment Programs:

  • COWS (Computers on Wheels): Our Mobile Computer Lab

  • Docent Art: Parent volunteers teaching our students about the Fine Arts

  • Study Island: An online computer program focused on increasing MCAS test scores

  • Monthly Math Poster Contest

  • Problem of the Week Mathematics Contest

  • Home Journaling Assignments to be completed with parents

Improvement Plan:

Bernazzani School Improvement Plan