I’m very interested in the new superintendent’s 100 day plan to expand Advanced Work Classes to all who want it. As it is now, AWC is offered to students after they take part in a yearly exam. Superintendent Chang’s idea is to have AWC available to all who want it on a voluntary basis. In other words, you just sign your kid up.
I like the voluntary nature of this idea because I know that there are parents who do not want such an intense schooling experience for their kids at such a young age. I also very much agree with Citywide Parent Co-Chair Angie Camacho who is quoted in the article. Interventions need to happen prekindergarten and not several years later when they are going into the fourth grade.
On a personal note, my son was invited into AWC last year but we were not going to take the seat because we were happy with his current school. But he petitioned to tour the AWC classes and then he made a case for letting him go. My wife and I were really unsure about this because we felt strongly about supporting his current school. But I also felt that he was an intelligent young man and who was I to tell him not to take an opportunity that he wanted.
I later found out that his interest in AWC was very much tied to the fact that his new school has an Olympic size pool. So next fall should be interesting.
You can read the rest of Dr. Chang’s 100 Day Plan here: http://www.bostonpublicschools.org/cms/lib07/MA01906464/Centricity/Domain/4/100DayPlan_Final%201.pdf