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 4th-6th grade.
On February 3, 2021, in light of COVID-19 and disparate impacts on Boston Public Schools students, the Boston School Committee voted to temporarily pause the policy requiring admissions testing for the AWC program. Previously, a student’s eligibility for AWC was determined by their scores on the TerraNova assessment. BPS was unable to administer the TerraNova in 2020 due to the pandemic. Please click here to read the proposal that led to this decision and view a recording of the February 3rd meeting.
For the 2021-2022 school year, five schools will offer AWC: Condon Elementary, Jackson/Mann K-8, Murphy K-8, Ohrenberger School, and Quincy Elementary School. The one-year pause will primarily impact the enrollment process for current 3rd grade students seeking entrance into the 4th grade AWC program. Current 4th and 5th grade students in an AWC program will continue in the program as they are promoted to the next grade.
Next year, the five schools will have the option of continuing to implement AWC as a distinct program within the school or expanding the experience to all 4th graders, providing access to world language and other curricula. Current 3rd grade families in the five schools will have access. Families enrolled in other schools may submit a transfer request with Welcome Services and, if enrolled, will access the school-wide program or opt into the 4th grade AWC program, capacity permitting. Current AWC students and families should contact their school directly for more information on AWC this school year.
This is a one-year change to the AWC program. BPS has launched a working group to further evaluate declining enrollment in the AWC program, equitable access for all learners, and admissions policies. This working group will consider strategies that advance racial equity as they develop and propose new policies. The district will continue to engage families, school leaders, educators, and community partners in conversations about how to move forward.
If your child is currently enrolled at a school that ends after 3rd grade, we will contact you by email and through your child’s school about ranking your school choices for next year. If your child attends a school that does not end in 3rd grade and you would like to apply for a transfer to another school, you can contact a Welcome Center, and our staff will be able to assist you.
The priority registration period for rising 4th grade students (current 3rd grade students) ends on April 5.
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.
EFA Admission: There is no admission requirement for Excellence For All.
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 TestingOffice of Data and Accountability2300 Washington StreetRoxbury, MA 02119617-635-9554