Mission, Vision & History


The Alfred J. Gomes School opened in September of 1977 as a replacement for four turn of the century schools. At this time, the school was constructed to promote an educational philosophy that focused on an inpidual program of instruction for students that was flexible and encouraged grouping of students according to their needs.

The Gomes School was named after Alfred J. Gomes, a prominent Cape Verdean lawyer who was born on June 14, 1897 in the Cape Verde Islands. He came to New Bedford at the age of seven and was educated in the New Bedford Public School system. He worked to finance his own college education and graduated in 1923 from Boston University School of Law. After having attained this level of education, he became the first Cape Verdean born American to receive a doctor of jurisprudence degree.

After graduation, Alfred J. Gomes returned to New Bedford and became one of the city’s most prominent civic and community leaders. He was especially concerned with promoting the aspirations and betterment of the Cape Verdean people in both America and his homeland, but demonstrated specific concern for the youth of the city of New Bedford.

In 1987, the Alfred J. Gomes School opened its doors at a Magnet School, which meant the school was a school of choice that focused on the theme of Computer Technology/Preparation for Life. In 2009, the Alfred J. Gomes School was once again designated as a Magnet School. At this time, the theme was changed to, Communication Through the Arts.


We are committed to developing a community of learners who are academically proficient, demonstrate strong character and exhibit self-confidence.


The vision of the Alfred J. Gomes Magnet School of “Communication Through the Arts” community of staff, parents, business partners, and civic partners will work together to guide our students’ education.


1. Our school will make Adequate Yearly Progress as demonstrated by student performance on the MCAS tests and attendance requirements.
2. Students at the Gomes School will meet District expectations for promotion to the next grade level as well as become productive citizens within the Gomes School Community and provide service to the community in which they live.