About Our School

Atherton Hough Elementary

Atherton Hough Elementary was named for a well-respected political and religious leader of the seventeenth century. Atherton Hough was the mayor of Boston, England, who left his home to come to America because of his religious beliefs. In 1635, Hough was elected assistant to the governor of Massachusetts and allotted 600 acres of land - which later was named Hough's Neck in Quincy. In the nineteenth century, Hough's Neck became one of the premier summer resorts in the Boston area, served by trolley lines and steamers. The summer visitors built cottages which, over time, were converted to year-round residences. Atherton Hough Elementary was founded in 1911. Beginning with four rooms and 162 pupils, Atherton Hough now has seventeen classrooms to serve the children of Hough's Neck.

Atherton Hough


Elementary School is an important first step in your child's education. Quincy Public Schools are there from the first time your kindergartener 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, Want to know more? You can read about the elementary curriculum and standards which detail exactly what your child is learning at every stage of their educational careers.


At Atherton Hough, learning takes place in many ways and in many places beyond the classroom. In addition to following the Quincy Public Schools curriculum, and the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, we offer many special programs within the school day. We offer an Open House at the beginning of the school year, we have many seasonal and holiday music programs, and educational field trips.

In addition to our regular school day, we also have extended day programs such as a homework club, computer club, art and crafts, team sports, BOKS, X-tra math, and MCAS tutoring.


Improvement Plan:
Atherton Hough's School Improvement Plan