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Facebook Creator, Wife Inspired by Dorchester School

For more than a decade, Codman Academy Charter School has ventured where few public schools nationwide have tread by forging a partnership with a community-based health center. The high school grades are inside the Codman Square Health Center; its elementary- and middle-school programs are across the street.

Now, the Dorchester school is serving as a source of inspiration for Priscilla Chan and her husband, Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg, who are preparing to open a tuition-free private school for low-income students in East Palo Alto, Calif., in the fall. Like Codman Academy, the couple’s Primary School will partner with a community health center.