Capacity to Lead Capital Campaign

Official Unveiling of Expanded Upper School Campus

On Monday, January 28, 2019, Boston Collegiate Charter School (BCCS) celebrated the completion of its expansion project at its Upper School campus with a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted in the newly constructed multipurpose lunch room and convening space, the Commons.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Congressman Stephen F. Lynch, a co-founder of the school, joined approximately 125 guests for the morning’s program.  BCCS Senior Kanilla spoke about the impact of the expanded campus: “I don’t think people know how much it really means to students; how great it feels to have a place to learn and grow such as this…I feel like your environment affects what you do. In a bright classroom with colors and natural light, we feel more productive. It is really setting us up for college. So thank you all for being a part of that.”

Following Kanilla’s remarks, Mayor Walsh urged guests that “we have to continue to make sure we have 21st century learning in arts and sciences, and that’s what’s happening in this school.”  Before the morning’s festivities ended, BCCS Campaign Committee Chair and Board Vice Chair Nicole Chang  reminded everyone that BCCS is still actively fundraising to support the Capacity to Lead campaign, which includes a $1 million Fund for Teaching Excellence intended to incite innovation, promote ongoing professional development, and recognize the contributions of BCCS teachers to the community.

To our students, families, Trustees, donors, and neighborhood community: thank you for helping make this all possible.  For those who could not join us, be sure to check out the video below that highlights our new expansion.

Celebrating a Project Milestone

Mayor Martin J. Walsh with Emily Foster (BCCS ’19) at our Topping Off ceremony on Friday, April 27, 2018.



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. 1120 or

$500,000 – $999,999

Barr Foundation
One8 Foundation

$250,000 – $499,999

Nicole and David Chang

$100,000 – $249,999

Rick and Nonnie Burnes
Cabot Family Charitable Trust
Cummings Foundation
Atsuko and Larry Fish
Heiden Family
Lewis Family Foundation
Stephanie and Brian Spector
Walton Family Foundation
Wellington Management Foundation