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KEEP ON REACHING. Education is active - we learn by doing. Carlos Rivera Class 2005. When you are finished changing, you are finished. Benjamin Franklin. Change is an adventure. History Autonomy. HISTORY.

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KEEP ON REACHING

Education is active - we learn by doing.

Carlos Rivera Class 2005

When you are finished changing, you are finished. Benjamin Franklin


Change is an adventure

  • History

  • Autonomy


HISTORY

  • Spring 2000 to 2001: Boston High School (BHS) declared one of the lowest performing schools.

  • November 2001: Superintendent recommends closing Boston High.

  • June 5, 2002: School Committee approves conversion of BHS to a pilot school.

  • September 2002: BCLA is born.

  • SY 02- 03: Transitional year; 22 new staff joined BCLA.

  • Sept 2004: BLCA moves to Brighton.


Our school has autonomy over:

  • Curriculum

  • Schedule

  • Governance structure

  • Budget

  • Staffing


Priorities
Priorities

  • Vision driven and shared values

    • BCLA Core values

    • BCLA Habits of Leaders

  • Small and Nurturing:

    • Student support

    • Teacher to student ration is 1:20

    • Advisory

  • High Expectations for ALL students

    • Assessment by exhibition

    • Promotion by portfolio defense

  • Collaborative culture and shared leadership

    • Structure

    • Professional Development


  • Successes
    SUCCESSES

    • Student achievement

      • MCAS (moved from 40% to 85% passing)

      • AP Offerings (0 offerings to 5 AP courses)

      • College acceptance (From 67% to 95%) (from2 year college to Ivy League)

  • Suspension

    • Down from 200 suspensions/yr to 50/yr

  • Attendance rate

    • From 83% to 94%


  • Shared leadership
    Shared Leadership

    • Governing Board

      Work Agreement

      Budget approval

      Fundraising

      Evaluation of Headmaster

    • Leadership Team

      Promotion and Graduation Requirements

      Daily Schedule

      Professional Development

    • Student Voice

      Students Working All Together (SWAT)

      Step Team

      Engineering Club

      Winter School (Juniors & Seniors)


    Why conversion to pilot school?

    • For Staff:

    • Teach in a school that shares your values

    • Union protections and benefits

    • Small class size in a small school

    • Genuine and self-crafted professional development

    • Participatory decision-making and leadership opportunities

    For Students:

    • Choose a school that respects your priorities

    • Publicly financed and accessible

    • Racially and ethnically diverse student body

    • Rigorous college preparatory curriculum

    • Participatory decision-making and leadership opportunities

    • Advisory/Guidance

    • Strong student support


    Challenges

    For Teachers:

    • How to deliver a

      rigorous curriculum

      to ALL students?

    • How to increase

      productivity and

      accountability?

    • How to guide diverse

      learners to success

      with authentic

      assessments?

    • How to clarify roles

      and communication

      within school governance?

    • How to crystallize and

      embed Leadership/HOL

      across the curriculum?

    • How to raise funds to maintain

      the same level of services?

    For Students:

    • How to succeed with a rigorous curriculum?

    • How to benefit from an increasing number of AP classes?

    • How to learn from authentic assessment protocols?

    • How to demonstrate leadership?

    • How to effectively participate in school governance?




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