Advanced Work Class & Excellence For All
Advanced Work Class (AWC) is a full-time program in the Boston Public Schools that provides an accelerated academic curriculum for students in grades 4-6. This program includes subjects studied in greater depth, more schoolwork, and more home study than the traditional curriculum.
Excellence for All (EFA) is an initiative designed to ensure all learners in grades 4- 6 have access to high quality, authentic learning experiences that prepare them for high school, college, and careers. EFA schools focus on pushing students' critical thinking, writing skills, and their ability to solve real-life challenges. Students participate in Robotics, Coding, and World Language classes. Students also complete a capstone project at the end of the year and present their projects to parents, peers, and teachers.
Students’ eligibility for AWC is determined by their scores on the Terra Nova (3rd edition) test which is given in the fall. Due to the limited number of available seats in schools with AWC programs, an invitation to AWC is not a guarantee of enrollment in an AWC program.
There is no admission requirement for Excellence For All.
AWC & Excellence for All Classrooms:
Advanced Work Class are classrooms solely consisting of students who have tested into the AWC program.
Advanced Work Class (Hybrid) are classrooms in which general education students learn alongside students who have tested into the AWC program.
Excellence for All is a school-wide program. All students in grades 4-6 at a school that offers Excellence for All participate in EFA programming.
2019-2020 Advanced Work Class and Excellence for All School List
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Application Process for Advanced Work Class and Excellence for AllFor current Boston Public Schools students:
For students not currently enrolled in the Boston Public Schools:
- Students invited to the AWC program will receive a formal invitation letter in January 2020. Please note if a student is not eligible for the program, families will not receive notification.
- EFA is open to all students, so students will not receive a formal invitation to the EFA program.
- Students invited to participate in grade 6 AWC will receive a school choice form in January 2020 to apply for the AWC program. Students invited to grade 4 and 5 AWC will receive a school choice form in February 2020. Families must complete the application and select the school option that states AWC or EFA (for example, "Condon AWC").
- Grade 6 AWC and EFA applicants will be notified of their school assignment in March and grade 4 and 5 AWC and EFA applicants will be notified in May.
- Boston students currently attending private, parochial, or commonwealth charter schools may register to take the AWC eligibility exam free of charge.
- The test will be offered on Saturday, November 2, 2019 to students able to test under standard conditions.
- Special accommodations testing will be offered on November 16, 2019 to students who are unable to take the exam under standard conditions because of a documented learning difference, physical disability, or limited English proficiency.
- All students will receive test results at their home address in January 2020. Students invited to the AWC program will receive a formal invitation letter and information packet to apply for the AWC program. Student notification schedule is the same as listed above for current BPS families.
AWC Testing/Non-BPS Students
Office of Data and Accountability
Boston Public Schools
2300 Washington Street
Roxbury, MA 02119