Dover Legacy Scholars

The Dover Legacy Scholars Program is a community here within NNHS that provides camaraderie, resources, and heightened expectations for young people of African and/or Latino descent. We meet once each week for homeroom, quarterly for historical seminars and field trips, and regularly outside of school for concerts, plays, and service activities. Each Scholar is assigned a faculty advisor who works closely with him/her to set goals, connect strongly with teachers and resources, and stay on track. 



Named in honor of Inez E. Dover, a mentor to many teachers and students at Newton North and current Minister of Arts at the Myrtle Baptist Church, the Dover Legacy Scholars represents Mrs. Dover’s decades of work to inspire excellence and involvement among children of color in the Newton Public Schools.  

The mission of the Dover Legacy Scholars Program is to enhance and expand the academic experience and achievement of children of African and Latino descent.  We seek to challenge our young people to achieve greater heights of intellectual growth, personal development, and community service through participating in a program which will forge a strong bond among themselves as young, gifted scholars and also between themselves and the living legacy of struggle for social change present in the Newton and greater Boston community.

Our scholars are challenged to maintain good grades and to take higher and higher level courses, while participating in a variety of service opportunities, historical seminars, and extracurricular activities.  Each scholar works closely with a faculty advisor who helps  connect the students to one another, to mentors of color, and to the significant resources here at North, already available to all.  Faculty advisors meet with scholars monthly, guiding students through the process of setting goals, reflecting and problem-solving, and evaluating progress.  To remain in the program, students must work consistently towards their goals and achieve solid growth each year, in addition to maintaining a B- or better average.

Each fall, incoming 9th graders will immediately be mentored and included in all programs, invited to formally apply as they complete their first year.


Academic Excellence and Growth

  • B- or better average in all courses
  • Take at least one or more curriculum I and above level courses
  • Achieve annual academic progress as defined in individual Plan for Growth

Quarterly Scholars Seminars in Black History (in-school)

Participation in Extracurricular Activities

Participation in Shadow/Internship program in career area of interest

Service Requirement: optioin

  • Scholars Big Brother/Sister
  • Scholars service days; seniors coordinate activities, grades 9-11 participate
  • Assist department committees, housemasters, principal as requested with special projects

Character Requirement

  • Demonstrate leadership in and outside of school
  • Behavior and manners that reflect well upon self, family, and the Scholars Program

One term probationary status if

  • B- Average not maintained or
  • Annual Plan for Growth targets not achieved


Legacy Scholars Academic Advisor for each Scholar

  • Design plan for growth as part of program intake
  • Quarterly meetings to assess progress
  • Meetings with advisor and teachers in subjects targeted for level advancement

Support for finding internships and opportunities with Mentors of Color

One-on-one support for college application and financial scholarship process with professional college counselor

After School Support

  • DLS Study Groups
  • Use of DLS Program office with full academic resources (texts, materials, computers)
  • Connection to peer tutoring program (during day
  • Connection to after school free tutoring with NNHS faculty

Summer program planning 

Inclusion/Mentorship/Academic Support for ALL 9th graders self-identifying as potential Scholars


Local Black history and achievement

    • Topics in 2012-2013:  History of Busing, Tackling the Achievement Gap, Caribbean History Day, Trip to African Meeting House and Sky Zone.

Monthly gatherings and outings

    • Events/Trips in 2012-2013:  Back to school family BBQ, Invisible Man at Huntington Theater, Kuumba Concert at Harvard University, Kwanzaa Celebration, DLS Fundraising Concert at NNHS, Farewell Breakfast for Seniors

Scholarships upon graduation