Attleboro Community Academy

Attleboro Community Academy (ACA) is a Massachusetts state accredited high school diploma program, independent from Attleboro High School, which provides an alternative path to graduation for struggling students and high school dropouts from Attleboro and the surrounding communities. The program was born out of concern for the 6-7% of Attleboro students who drop out of school each year, along with the 4–5% of drop outs from the surrounding communities.  Without a high school diploma, these adults lack the bare minimum needed to be successful in today’s job market; employment, when secured at all, is often at or slightly above minimum wage.  A high school diploma is a critical first step in addressing the individual’s struggle against poverty, homelessness, and chronic health issues. 

The program was formed in September, 2009 for adults ages 17 to 25. In the first semester, 34 students were enrolled in one to two classes.  Second semester enrollment climbed to 57 students taking two to four classes. Twenty students earned their high school diploma in May of 2010. Staff consists of six faculty members, all Massachusetts certified in their individual discipline, a part time guidance counselor and a program coordinator.

ACA's alternative education approach is student centered, individualized, and hands –on. The curriculum is based on the recommended Massachusetts Core Curriculum, thereby preparing students for either higher education or the skills necessary to obtain and retain employment. In addition to passing the state’s competency (MCAS) exams, graduation requirements include 20 credits each in ELA, Math, and Social Studies, 15 credits of Science, 5 credits of Physical Education and Health, 5 credits in Art, and 25 elective credits.

Student Testimonials

“I have been out of school for seven years.  It’s terrific for someone like me to have the opportunity to get a high school diploma, and not just a GED.  From here, I plan on going to college.”

“I love that we are treated like adults.  The classes are small and offer the one on one help I need.  A diploma is essential for my future and the future of my child.”

“I dropped out of high school, went back, and dropped out again.  I just couldn’t function there. I’ve worked at McDonalds for three years now and I want something better for myself.  AEDP is making that possible for me.”  

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