Recipients of Charles Hayden Foundation Grants
9 Peacevale Road
Dorchester, MA 02124
TechBoston Academy (TBA) is a 6-12 pilot school in the Boston Public Schools, and was founded in 2002 with the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. TechBoston Academy offers a college preparatory curriculum where technology is the bridge that connects the students to their learning experience.
TBA students are randomly chosen through the Boston Public School's lottery system and are representative of the community demographics (72% African American, 18% Latino, 4% White, 5% Asian and 1% other). 93% of TBA students are eligible for free and reduced lunch.
Students arriving at TBA are often two grade levels behind. TBA has proven that with the right structure and support systems, all students can learn and succeed. In 2010, 98% of TBA students passed the ELA MCAS (BPS district average is 92%) and 95% passed the Math MCAS (BPS district average is 86%). 86% of students at TBA are graduating compared to BPS district average of 61%.
What makes TBA different? Laptops are provided for every student. Numerous academic, social and emotional supports are available for students as needed. A dedicated, involved, and highly qualified staff with reduced class sizes. Inclusion program for students on IEPs. Integration of technology in core subjects. Honors and Advanced Placement course offerings.