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 of grades 3, 4, and 5. Student scores determine which students will qualify and be invited to the AWC program. Due to limited availability, an invitation is not a guarantee of an AWC assignment.
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.
2018-2019 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:
- All Boston Public Schools students in grades 3, 4, and 5 are tested for eligibility for AWC in late September or early October at their school. Test results will be mailed to schools in early January 2019 for distribution to families.
- Students invited to the AWC program will receive a formal invitation letter in early January 2019. 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 2019 to apply for the AWC program. Students invited to grade 4 and 5 AWC will receive a school choice form in February 2019. 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. There are two ways to register for the test: (1) complete a paper form or (2) submit an online registration. The online registration process allows families to receive instant confirmation via email.
- The date for the TerraNova (3rd Edition) exam administered by the BPS is Saturday, October 13, 2018 at the Washington Irving Middle School in Roslindale.
- Special accommodations testing will be offered on Saturday, October 20, 2018 for students who are unable to take the exam under standard conditions because of a documented learning difference, physical disability, or limited English proficiency.
- Students must sit for the TerraNova (3rd Edition) exam offered by BPS to apply for the AWC program, even if they have already taken a version of the TerraNova at their current school.
- All students will receive test results at their home address in early January 2019. 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.
Test accommodations are any modifications made to the exam or testing conditions that allow students with disabilities or limited English proficiency to fully participate in a testing situation. Test accommodations are available for students who are unable to take the TerraNova under standard conditions on Saturday, October 20, 2018.
To apply for a special accommodation due to a physical or learning disability, the parent or guardian must submit a request form and a copy of the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan.
To apply for testing accommodations for English Learners (EL’s), the parent or guardian must submit a request form and the student would be required to take an English Proficiency Test to determine eligibility. If granted, the EL accommodation will include the use of an approved word-to-word dictionary and extended time.
BPS will have a limited number of bilingual word-to-word dictionaries available to students. To ensure the use of the word-to-word bilingual dictionary, you may prefer to bring your own copy which is subject to inspection by the BPS. Approved bilingual dictionaries are limited to those that provide word-to-word translations and do not include definitions. Parents may purchase a dictionary from the following list of authorized distributors:
AWC Testing/Non-BPS Students
Office of Data and Accountability
Boston Public Schools
2300 Washington Street
Roxbury, MA 02119