ACC was founded in 1976 as a college preparatory educational program for highly motivated juniors and seniors who decided that they wanted or needed “another course to college.” The program was designed for district school students who wanted a rigorous curriculum in a small setting.

In 2003, ACC added 9th grade and transitioned from being an alternative program to a four-year pilot high school. School year 2004-2005 marked ACC’s first year as a full high school enrolling students in grades 9-12. ACC continues its commitment to providing high standards and a caring environment for all students. Students who graduate with an ACC diploma are well prepared for college level reading and writing, and over 90% of ACC graduates attend college upon graduation.

ACC is a small school with rigorous academic standards and a caring and energetic staff who fully support students. The small school environment has allowed students to receive individual attention and establish strong relationships with their teachers and peers.


Pilot Status

ACC was approved as a Boston pilot school in June 2003. ACC sought pilot school status in order to help make the transition from a program to a high school while maintaining the same rigorous educational experience. Pilot schools have autonomy over five critical areas:

  1. Staffing: Pilot schools have the power to hire and release their staff in order to create a unified school community. Our faculty members play a significant role in hiring.
  2. Budget: Pilot schools receive the same funding as any other district school but have more flexibility with regards to how they allocate the money in support of student achievement.
  3. Assessment: Pilot schools have freedom to structure their curriculum and assessment practices to meet students’ learning needs. While all Pilot Schools are held accountable to federal and state required tests, pilot schools are given the flexibility to determine the school-based curriculum and assessment practices that best prepare students for these assessments.
  4. Governance: Pilot schools have the freedom to create their own governance structure, while being mindful of state requirements, including standardized tests and school councils.
  5. Schedule: Pilot schools have the freedom to set longer school days and calendar years for both students and faculty in accordance with their principles or school reform models.

Pilot school status has allowed us to hire caring, dedicated faculty members who have the freedom to develop curricula which will prepare all students to meet the demands of any four- year secondary institution.

20 Warren Street, Boston, MA 02135   •   Tel: (617) 635-8865   •   Fax: (617) 635-8866