Capacity to Lead Capital Campaign

Completing Construction and the Launch of our
Fund for Teaching Excellence

The Commons, BCCS’s new multipurpose lunch room and convening space, was unveiled to students in a special assembly on Monday, December 17, 2018. With the addition of the Commons to our Upper School campus, BCCS will look forward to hosting a myriad of school events in the coming months, including more assemblies, athletic banquets, school performances, and pep rallies.

Boston Collegiate Charter School (BCCS) is thrilled to share that construction for its Upper School campus expansion is now complete.  We received our permit for occupancy on Friday, December 14th, and on Monday, December 17th, we welcomed students to school and started the day with a high school assembly in our brand new Commons. New classrooms and office spaces will be ready for use immediately following Winter Break in January 2019.

Additionally, we are excited to share that the first program of our Fund for Teaching Excellence, the Teaching Innovation Fund, has officially launched.  Our Selection Committee–which includes Ms. Adam, Ms. Arnold, and Ms. Darling–has been reviewing applications since November.  Requests ranging from acquiring equipment for  new science classrooms to establishing BCCS’s first-ever film festival and attending a variety of professional development opportunities are all being made possible.

To our students, families, Trustees, donors, and community: thank you for helping make this all possible.  We cannot wait for you to see our new space!

 

Celebrating a Project Milestone

Mayor Martin J. Walsh with Emily Foster (BCCS Class of 2019) at our Topping Off ceremony on Friday, April 27th.

 

 

On Friday, April 27th, BCCS welcomed special guest Mayor Martin J. Walsh to celebrate at its topping off ceremony, commemorating the completion of the steel structure of the expansion at our Upper School campus.  In addition to Mayor Walsh, BCCS Executive Director Shannah Varón, student Emily Foster (BCCS Class of 2019), and BCCS Trustee and Campaign Committee Chair Nicole Chang shared brief remarks about the project and the benefit it will bring to the students, teachers, and staff of the school.

Upper School Campus Expansion Plans

An expanded Upper School campus will include 11 new classrooms, 13 new breakout rooms and small offices, a college and career counseling suite, and the school’s first multipurpose cafeteria/convening space.

It is a critical moment in the history of BCCS.  Due to significant growth in our student population over the last five years, our school is strained beyond full-capacity.  While the school maintains a vibrant learning environment and delivers consistently strong outcomes, we lack facilities typical of most schools and essential to a true college-preparatory school. We have no cafeteria or auditorium, thus, no convening space for student assemblies and programming, nor space for students to interact socially over a midday meal; no gymnasium; and inadequate classroom, art, and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics laboratory facilities.

An aerial view of what BCCS’s first multipurpose cafeteria/convening space will look like at the expanded Upper School campus.

 

We know that it is now imperative to address our space issues as the students, teachers, and families of BCCS deserve better.  That is why BCCS launched its Capacity to Lead capital campaign.  This ambitious project will lead to the development of a right-sized, fully-equipped high school campus with adequate classroom, convening, rehearsal and performance, and athletic space, which will significantly enhance opportunities for our students to thrive academically, socio-emotionally, physically, and creatively.

BCCS seeks to raise $5 million of the total project budget from private philanthropy for the facilities expansion as well as to establish a $1 million Fund for Teaching Excellence. Because one of our founding principles is that without great teachers, nothing else matters, the Fund for Teaching Excellence will be establish to recognize BCCS’s commitment to attracting, developing, and retaining outstanding teachers, our school’s greatest assets.  Study after study confirms that, regardless of funding or class size, what most directly impacts student achievement is the quality of the teacher in the classroom.  As a public school, nearly 90% of BCCS’s annual revenue comes from state and federal funding.  The majority of funding is spent compensating the highly capable teachers of our school; however, BCCS is not always able to offer the same rate of compensation contractually required in the Boston Public Schools.

To learn more about the Capacity to Lead capital campaign, including how to support this effort, please contact Bethany Guen, Director of Development and Communications, at 617-282-6710 ext. 204 or bguen@bostoncollegiate.org.

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