20 Boston schools in session February vacation week
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.
20 schools in Boston are participating in the program this week, including Blackstone Elementary (South End); Channing Elementary (Hyde Park); Chittick Elementary (Mattapan); Condon Elementary (South Boston); Dearborn Middle School (Roxbury); E. Greenwood Leadership Academy (Hyde Park); S. Greenwood K-8 (Dorchester); Hennigan Elementary (Jamaica Plain); Holland Elementary (Dorchester) Irving Middle School (Roslindale); John F. Kennedy Elementary (Jamaica Plain); Marshall Elementary (Dorchester); Mattahunt Elementary (Mattapan); Dever/McCormack K-8 (Dorchester); Mendell Elementary (Roxbury); Orchard Gardens K-8 (Roxbury); Perkins Elementary (South Boston); Tynan Elementary (South Boston); Winship Elementary (Brighton); Young Achievers (Mattapan). Seven more schools are facilitating their own vacation week academic programs.
The cost of the weeklong program is about $650,000 and is funded through the use of federal grant dollars. There is no cost to students or families who participate. This year more than 1,752 students will be served in Acceleration Academies, up from 1,200 in 2010.