Acceleration Academies give students more instruction time in needed subject areas
More than 1,700 Boston Public Schools (BPS) students are in class this school vacation week, taking part in the district’s Acceleration Academies program. The effort, which is taking place in 20 schools across the city, aims to give academically struggling students an additional 30 hours of course time with high-quality teachers.
Students who have previously participated in the program demonstrated up to 20 point gains on state standardized tests.
“This is a program that works and it’s easy to see why,” said Superintendent Carol R. Johnson. “Giving students more time with great teachers, and using that time strategically, is a proven model of success.”
Students who attend an acceleration academy also participate in enrichment activities during the vacation week. These activities include African drumming, dance and tennis.