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Downey School

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John Kelly, Principal
Renee Sanger, Assistant Principal


The mission of the Downey School is to provide a supportive environment where students can maximize their potential in English, Reading and Math while also emphasizing the importance of free thinking, responsibility, diversity and respect for all. Our staff is committed to the creation of a stimulating climate which motivates students to become self-initiating and discriminating in making decisions regarding learning.


Students at the Downey School will be proficient in Reading and Mathematics at the end of Grade 5, as measured using multiple assessments, including but not limited to the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System.

55 Electric Avenue
Brockton, MA 02302
Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
TEL. 508-
FAX 508-580-7075

About Us

The Downey School Offers ...

  • A diverse population made up of regular education and Special Education students.
  • Updated technology including SmartBoards, Elmos, Renaissance Responders and three computer labs.
  • An ambitious Walk to Read program that helps all students become successful early readers.
  • After-school program focusing on academic, enrichment and family involvement activities, and an Extended Day program.

Principal's Message

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The staff, your Parent Teacher Association, and I welcome you and your child to the Downey Community School. It is our expectation that your child's time with us will be both enjoyable and educationally fulfilling.

This web page has been designed to give you some ideas about Downey School. However, it cannot begin to tell the story of a school that is expansive in size and alive with the activity of hundreds of children and adults. Therefore, you are invited to visit and, more importantly, to become an active participant in the educational life of your child.

John Kelly

School Facts & Highlights

Joseph H. Downey Elementary School
55 Electric Avenue, Brockton, MA 02302
Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Early dismissal 12:15 p.m.
South East Zone, Grades - K - 5

Building & Facilities
Built in 1971 (renovated 1988); 32 classrooms; cafetetorium; small and large gymnasium; Instructional Resource Center


General Education Program
Special Education Program
Inclusion Classes
Full Day Kindergarten
School Wide TITLE 1 Services
Positive Behavioral Support Program
Peer Leaders
Second Step School
Grade 5 Intramural Sports
Grades 4 & 5 School Chorus
Grades 4 & 5 Instrumental Music Instruction
Downey Details Newsletter
Parent Involvement Activities
Parent Advisory Council
Smart Start Extended Day Program
Rigorous Online Student Assessments
Walk on Wednesdays
Student of the Month

Contact Us

John Kelly: 508-580-7221

Assistant Principal:
Renee Sanger: 508-580-7221

Administrative Assistant:
Michelle Walker: 508-580-7221 | FAX 508-580-7075

School Nurse: 508-580-7328
Instructional Resource Specialist: 508-580-7225
Literacy Resource Specialist: 508-580-7390
School Adjustment Counselors: 508-580-7220, 7291
Smart Start Extended Day Coordinators: 508-894-4273
Absentee Line: 508-580-7041

School Improvement Plan

Downey 2012-2014 School Improvement Plan

Every Brockton Public School has an individual School Improvement Plan, a two‐year strategic plan for schools to follow to achieve academic and non-academic goals. The plans are developed among school leadership, faculty and staff and serve as a blueprint for success.

School Improvement plans require school personnel to set challenging goals for student performance, and must articulate the strategies the school staff will use to reach their targets.

In addition to approving each school’s SIP, Central Office conducts three to four “Walk Throughs” per school per year to gather data and provide feedback to site-level leaders about how effectively the plans are being implemented. What’s exciting about this is that everyone recognizes the importance of this kind of feedback and is actively supporting this kind of valuable work – principals, teachers, administrators and union officials.

Downey School Report Card & Overview

The above link will take you to the PDF versions of the school brochures. If you would like a copy of a particular brochure mailed to you, please email: