Skating in the Schools

Skating in the Schools group photo at Frog PondSkating in the Schools was founded by The Skating Club of Boston® in 2011 to provide students in Boston, the Club’s home for over 100 years, an opportunity to learn to skate and discover science through the experience of skating. The program is now on hiatus, but will resume in the future.


When in session, Skating in the Schools runs from November to March, providing interested local schools with the following programming:

Skating instruction, skates, transportation to and from The Boston Common Frog Pond, and a healthy snack for all students. In addition, students get a season pass to the Boston Common Frog Pond and a one-year membership to U.S. Figure Skating.

The skating lessons are given by top skating coaches from The Skating Club of Boston. The skating lessons, as described above, are also paired with a course designed to connect students’ skating instruction with concepts in physics, chemistry, technology, engineering, and sports science. The importance of nutrition and fitness is also taught throughout. The course curriculum is flexible and designed to meet the school’s needs.

All skating lessons take place at the beautiful Frog Pond skating rink on historic Boston Common.

What students receive

  • Free skating lessons given by top instructors from The Skating Club of Boston
  • Transportation to and from The Boston Common Frog Pond
  • Season skating pass to The Boston Common Frog Pond
  • One-year membership in U.S. Figure Skating
  • Healthy snack while at their on-ice class at the Frog Pond

What our schools receive

  • Chance for students to have fun and learn to skate at no cost to school
  • Chance for students to have fun and learn to skate at no cost to school
  • Optional weekly classroom science curriculum covering several topics, including the physics and chemistry of skating
  • Emphasis on the importance of nutrition and exercise
  • Choice of three programs to be designed according to school needs
  • Improved attendance, grades, and study habits

The program has worked with many Boston schools, including the Washington Irving Middle School, Mather Elementary School, Neighborhood House Charter School, and Boston Green Academy.

Program Goals

Skating in the Schools makes it a goal to reduce absenteeism and misconduct among its participants and to improve academic performance, especially in the area of science. In particular, the program strives to address the need for applied instruction in the sciences. According to a September 2012 article in the Boston Globe, test results showed that “26 percent [of Boston students] were proficient in science, compared with 54 statewide.” (Boston Globe, 9/19/12). By also teaching students to skate, the program exposes students to the pleasure and discipline of learning a new sport and the value of exercise and good nutrition.

“The students had a lesson with a world-class skater and coach who developed a lesson using the engineering and design process in conjunction with skating principles. The class was taught in accordance with the Common Core Science Strand of the Massachusetts State Standards.” — BPS teacher

The Skating Club of Boston

The Skating Club of Boston founded Skating in the Schools in 2011. It considers the program an important form of outreach to children living in the City of Boston, its home for the past hundred years. Many professional skating coaches from The Skating Club of Boston volunteer their time to instruct Skating in the Schools students. The mission of The Skating Club of Boston is to be a leader in advancing participation, education and excellence in skating for people of all ages, abilities and means.



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