ACC – Opening New School in Hyde Park!

Written by counselor
Posted on August 31, 2016


Important Upcoming Dates:

Athletic Partnership Meeting: Thursday, September 1, 11-noon

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, September 8, 8-2:30

School Parent Council Meeting: Wednesday, September 14, 5-6 PM

Back to School BBQ and Open House: Monday, September 26, 5-7 PM


August 31, 2016

A Letter from the Headmaster

Dear ACC Community,

We are very excited to open the doors of our new school in Hyde Park to students and families! We are located at 612 Metropolitan Avenue, Hyde Park, MA. Boston Public Schools has built a beautiful new home for Another Course to College (ACC) with state of the art labs, facilities, and a new library media center, as well as an outdoor area full of green space for students to learn in a safe and welcoming environment.

As always, ACC stays focused on our mission of providing a rigorous college preparatory curriculum in a small, nurturing environment. Through dedication of students and staff, and teamwork with families, ACC can be counted as one of the highest performing schools in our district. This year we have expanded our arts offerings with 2D and 3D advanced art, in addition to visual art, dance, and theater arts. We also have four new online Advanced Placement courses, expanding STEM. Additionally, we will have five new electives, such as financial literacy and global issues. We strive to give as many opportunities to each student to fill his or her schedule with classes that excite and inspire learning connected to ACC students’ interests.

If you have any questions, please contact the school at 617-635-8865 and we will be more than happy to talk with you and offer support. Come by for a tour of the new space anytime – we welcome you to visit. I truly hope you have had a wonderful summer and here is to an academic year full of success!


Michele Pellam

Headmaster, Another Course to College

Jmp CS!

Written by counselor
Posted on May 19, 2016

Want to code an app? Well ACC has a new after school group ready to do just that!


Jmp CS (pronounced “Jump C S”) is a nonprofit 501c3 incorporated with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to provide computer coding in public schools lacking available resources. The goal is to link experts in the field with students seeking a career in the tech sector.


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Lake Compounce

Written by counselor
Posted on May 17, 2016

Sixteen ACC 11th and 12th grade students taking AP Physics traveled with their teacher, Mr. Couture, to Lake Compounce amusement park on 5/13/16 for an educational field trip.
Students took the opportunity to fully experience key physics principles related to forces, motion, and energy as they braved the multitude of attractions at the park.

Farm to Table with the Community Service Club!

Written by counselor
Posted on May 12, 2016

They’re at it again, on this time out on the farm! While you slept in, the Community Service Club spent a Sunday morning farming in Lincoln, MA, helping provide families in urban areas with fresh food that would have otherwise been inaccessible. Way to go!


Senior Class trip to the MFA

Written by counselor
Posted on May 12, 2016

Mr. Comeau and several staff members brought the senior class to the Museum of Fine Arts on Wed., April 13, where students analyzed the urban environment, the landscape architecture of the Fens, neoclassical design of the MFA building, and the art and culture of Egypt, Greece, Rome and the Americas. Students wrote analysis through a postcolonial lens, looking at empire, race, power, gender, rebellion and resistance. They did close readings of visual form throughout the trip.


Mr. Comeau sends his deep thanks to Ms. Rainey, who cooked an amazing breakfast for the whole class and then chaperoned, our headmaster, Ms. Pellam, for bringing donuts and chaperoning, and Ms. Crane-Stern, our art teacher, who spent her day off leading a group of students through the Americas wing. Mr. McClelland, the grade 12 student teacher from Harvard University, lead his group through the Egyptian collections, and designed the guide for the Americas. Thanks also to Chris and Sara, our UMass Boston Writing Tutors for chaperoning!

It’s Debatable: ACC at Charlestown High School!

Written by counselor
Posted on March 3, 2016

Charlestown High School and ACC, they flow together (especially in BDL tournaments). Last weekend saw Luis Santos Ortiz, Darwin Pemberthy and Brighton High School’s own Ali Mahamed Ali compete city-wide and with the inclusion of teams from Providence, Rhode Island.


Luis and Darwin advanced into the Championship Division, not bad for a freshman and a first-year debater!


Meanwhile, Ali advanced into the JV Division, all still as a Maverick!


Great job guys! One more tournament to go!

ACC & the CITI Performing Arts Center!

Written by counselor
Posted on February 11, 2016

ACC recently hosted Jeremy Gooden of the Citi Performing Arts Center for a working lunch and a theater activity, which came with some exciting news!


Mr. Gooden told students about a summer employment opportunity for which ACC students would be the perfect fit. Over the course of the summer, students would learn the basics of theater and performance arts, with a bent toward advancing social justice critiques! With no experience necessary, and a steady check to boot!

Students then took part in a workshop that emphasized self-expression and the basic elements of performing arts!


ACC students will be auditioning for the summer program tomorrow, February 12th! Break a leg!


Robots! Champion Robots!

Written by counselor
Posted on February 11, 2016

What first-year robotics team finished out in the top half of the Milton League Division this year? ACC’s own Deez Gearz, that’s who!

Check ’em out!

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School Parent Council Meeting: January 27

Written by counselor
Posted on January 21, 2016

Dear Parents and Families of Another Course to College,


ACC’s International Service Trip!

Written by counselor
Posted on January 21, 2016

The international service learning trip is going to Nicaragua this April to support environmental sustainability! While there, ACC’s group of 10 students will help repair classrooms and build hand washing stations in villages around Managua and Granada.

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These ACC students are working to fundraise $10,000 to cover the cost of the trip. Stay tuned to find out how you can help the Bengals’ spring service trip!

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