Please click on any link to be directed to each partner program’s individual website for more information.

The Action Center for Educational Services and Scholarships (ACCESS)

ACCESS provides free financial aid information and advising for all students and families. Walk-in hours are available at the Center for College Affordability, and a Financial Aid Advisor is also available at ACC every Wednesday from 9:00am to 2:30pm.

Boston College’s PULSE program

18 Boston College students spend a total of 144 hours per week at ACC working with students in a variety of settings- in academic classes and study periods, during our after-school program, in our main office, and with our guidance counselors. Students benefit from not only the academic and personal support offered by these students, but from the mentoring relationships that often develop as a result.

Boston Scholar Athletes

The Boston Scholar Athletes program (BSA) supports academic achievement through athletics. The ACC Zone offers free academic resources to current and prospective scholar-athletes in and out of season. The BSA encourages scholar-athletes to challenge themselves in the classroom, maintain academic eligibility, and improve their GPA’s in the supportive environment of the ACC Zone.

Bottom Line

Bottom Line provides free one-on-one guidance and mentoring through the college application process for low income and first generation students. Students remain connected to their personal college counselors/mentors and are supported throughout college. Students who work with Bottom Line report that they make the entire college application process “easy!”


A new partnership with BUILD in Boston brings an entrepreneurship elective class to ACC for any interested 9th grade student. Over the course of the year, students learn the basics of entrepreneurship, develop a business plan, and secure seed capital. After this course students continue their business ventures off site, running their own businesses during sophomore year, and then shift their focus to getting ready for college.

Crimson Summer Academy at Harvard University

This program is for motivated high school students with a passion for learning and a desire to excel. Students who show strong academic potential and motivation may be nominated to apply for this program during their freshman year. Selected “Crimson Scholars” engage in three summers of classes, projects, field trips, and cultural activities on the Harvard University campus and benefit from mentoring relationships with Harvard undergraduates.

Let’s Get Ready Free SAT Preparation

Scores on standardized tests such as the SAT are a critical factor in college admissions. Let’s Get Ready offers both Fall and Spring free test preparation and college admissions prep for students at Brighton High School through a partnership with students at Boston College. Students may see an average of a 100 point score increase upon completion of the program. Other Boston-area programs are also available for those who do not live in the Brighton area.

Private Industry Council

The PIC connects the youth and adults of Boston to education and employment opportunities. A PIC advisor works with ACC each year to provide summer internship and employment opportunities, and career exploration support such as mock interviews and resume building workshops.

The Posse Foundation

Students may be nominated during the spring of their Junior year for competitive full-tuition scholarships at one of the six Boston Posse partner schools: Bryn Mawr College, Bucknell University, Center College, Denison University, Hamilton College, or Union College. Students are nominated based on academic potential and leadership, and selected through a rigorous three-part interview process.

Summer Search

Summer Search Boston provides low-income high school students with mentoring, summer experiences, and college advising, so they gain the skills to succeed in college and dramatically improve their life prospects. Students are nominated in the 10th grade, and engage in weekly mentoring with a Summer Search counselor as well as two experiential summer trips- one wilderness based, and one abroad.


Tenacity is a Boston-based organization dedicated to helping at-risk urban youth develop skills, build character and find pathways to excellence. Combining tennis and fitness with literacy, tutoring, and mentoring activities. Tenacity students are identified during middle school, but Tenacity mentors continue to work with ACC students throughout high school.

UMass Boston Writing Center

ACC students have access to writing resources and tutors from the University of Massachusetts Boston through an in-house Writing Center. In addition, this partnership also enabled teachers to participate in a professional development course to further strengthen the teaching of writing at ACC.

The West End House

This year ACC has begun a new partnership with the West End House, which offers its 1,500 members an integrated  array of programs across four broad areas: leadership and life skills; academic  support and college preparation; sports, fitness and nutrition; and visual and  performing arts. In support of these afternoon and everning programs, the West End House also serves over 1,200  healthful hot meals to members every week.

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