Our Program
Our High School Program
By high school, Boston Collegiate students have mastered a core set of academic skills and are ready for the challenging and exciting four-year journey towards college. BCCS's High School program focuses on weaning students off of our many academic supports and helping them transform into independent learners, supporting exploration of students' own interests, creating countless opportunities for student leadership, exposing students to a range of experiences outside of BCCS, and fostering strong student-teacher and student-student relationships.

Building off of the expectations of the Lower and Middle Schools, the instructional program in the High School centers on a commitment to a rigorous college preparatory curriculum combined with additional time on learning and close and individualized instruction. Core elements include:

Curricular Alignment with State Standards and College-Level Rigor
Instruction of College-Readiness Skills
BCCS's Collegiate Skills Curriculum:
Internship Program
Assess Early and Often to Drive the Instructional Program
Provide Structure and Order
Make More Time
Outstanding Teachers


Curricular Alignment with State Standards and College-Level Rigor

BCCS does not use an off-the-shelf curriculum. Given the Massachusetts Curriculum Assessment System (MCAS) exams, and given that we are a public school, we draw directly from the topics, sequence, and examples covered in the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. In addition, as we are a college-preparatory school, we carefully study what students need for college success and work backwards from there. Students take college-preparatory, honors, and Advanced Placement courses aligned with the Massachusetts curriculum frameworks, the SAT, and CollegeBoard standards.

Instruction of College-Readiness Skills

The vast majority of our students will be the first in their families to attend college. For too many at-risk students, college only exists in the abstract. At BCCS, freshman year of college is a natural extension of graduating from high school. Students in grades 9-12 take a "Collegiate Skills" course taught by the Director of College and Alumni Programming.

BCCS's Collegiate Skills Curriculum:

Grade 9: Academic Boot Camp
Freshman students focus on mastering the academic skills needed for high school such as research, critical reading, public speaking, and note-taking.

Grade 10: My Paths
Sophomore students focus on their personal aspirations and explore career opportunities.

Grade 11: Junior Seminar
Juniors prepare for the SAT, are introduced to the college application process, and write their college application essays. Juniors also prepare for and engage in the internship program (see below).

Grade 12: Senior Seminar
Seniors apply to college, complete financial aid materials, and take "Reality 101" to prepare for the many challenges beyond college that they will encounter from financial literacy to navigating college campuses.

Internship Program

Because the majority of our students will be the first in their families to graduate from college, it is incumbent upon us to create opportunities for students to access the skills and work-related experiences necessary to compete in college and beyond. Through the internship program, students experience the realities, tasks, skills and challenges of diverse workplaces. Students in their junior year spend two consecutive weeks working at an internship site around the city of Boston. The wide and ever-expanding range of sites, selected based on student interests, include doctors offices, small businesses and non-profit organizations, schools, attorney offices, a veterinary clinic, the State House of Representatives, and the U.S. Coast Guard. The Internship Program is designed to aid students in exploring a possible career choice or college major, making a substantial contribution to their community, and increasing their understanding of the requirements for success in the workplace. Considered the capstone to the Boston Collegiate experience, successful completion of the internship program is a graduation requirement.

Assess Early and Often to Drive the Instructional Program

The most effective schools use assessment to diagnose student needs, measure instructional impact, and build a culture of continuous reflection and improvement. In addition to mandated state MCAS exams and the assessment and accountability provisions of No Child Left Behind, BCCS implements multiple schoolwide assessments and administers them consistently to determine students' progress towards each performance standard. Four times each year, students in grade 9 and 10 take BCCS-created interim assessments in Math and English. Two times each year, students in grades 9-11 participate in BCCS College Prep Days during which students take practice SAT exams and discuss challenging questions in senior-led small study groups. Within 72 hours, teachers analyze the results to inform their instruction in the weeks and months ahead.

Provide Structure and Order

Students need a safe and orderly environment to be productive. With a strict and consistently enforced code of conduct, BCCS creates a calm, composed, and disciplined environment to maximize the amount of time on-task. By high school, Boston Collegiate students have internalized the school's clear code of conduct and focus on developing the core values of MAPP: Mindful, Achieving, Professional, and Persevering. Teachers award MAPP "miles" to high school students who demonstrate academic achievement and improvement, professional and community leadership qualities, and mindfulness. Juniors and seniors who consistently demonstrate the school's core values can apply for entrance into the high school's prestigious MAPP Society.

Make More Time

To ensure that every student masters each and every standard, BCCS provides more time on task. This means: a longer school year, a longer school day, mandatory afterschool tutoring and MCAS support for students in need of extra help, and four-hour Saturday School for students in need of additional structured academic support.

Outstanding Teachers

At Boston Collegiate we recognize that without great teachers, nothing else matters. BCCS teachers are experienced, compassionate, self-reflective, data-driven, and deeply committed to our students and our college mission. Our teachers believe that classroom time is sacred and that we must all do whatever it takes to make sure a student can achieve academic success.

Students in grades 9-12 study:
  • 5-7 hours per week of English (English I, English II, American Literature, World Literature AP Language and Composition, and AP Literature and Composition)
  • 5 hours per week of Math (Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus)
  • 5 hours per week of Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science)
  • 5 hours per week of History
  • 5 hours per week of French or Spanish
  • 1-2 hours per week of Collegiate Skills
  • 1-2 hours per week of Health and Physical Education
  • 2-5 hours per week of Art
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