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.   

    AWC Admission: 

    AWC admission information will be available during the winter of 2021.

    EFA Admission:

    There is no admission requirement for Excellence For All. 

    Any student enrolled in an AWC program will be able to remain in a program through grade 6.  In addition, only students in grade 3 will be assessed for the AWC program invitation. We believe this change in assessment practice will benefit students by eliminating unnecessary testing.

    AWC & Excellence for All Classrooms:

    • Solely consisting of students who have tested into the AWC program.
    • Hybrid are classrooms in which general education students learn alongside students who have tested into the AWC program.
    • All students in grades 4-6 at a school that offers Excellence for All participate in EFA programming.


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    IMPORTANT: The TerraNova will not be used to determine eligibility for the Exam School Initiative (ESI) Program. For more information on how to register your child for the ESI program, please contact the Office of Opportunity Gaps at 617-635-9419.


  • AWC Testing
    Office of Data and Accountability
    2300 Washington Street
    Roxbury, MA 02119