Frequently Asked Questions
1. Who is eligible to attend New Heights Charter (NHCS) School?
Any Brockton, Randolph, or Taunton student who wishes to attend New Heights and is in the proper grade is eligible. In our opening year, we will serve students in grades 6, 7, and 8. Each year after, we will add a new 6th grade class every year.
2. How will students be selected?
All Commonwealth Charter Schools hold open lotteries to select their students. All students and families are encouraged to fill out intent to enroll forms. Enrollment season is from January to the first week of March and a public lottery will be held at the school. Parents are welcome to attend but presence at the lottery is not mandatory as all families will be informed of their enrollment status. Families will be given three weeks to decide whether they wish to accept their seat at New Heights. In the event the family decides not to accept the seat, we will reach out to the next student on the waitlist.
3. When will the school open, and where will it be located?
NHCSB opened its doors on September 8, 2016 at a remote location in Norwood, MA while our Brockton location continued with its renovations. NHCS officially welcomed students back to our permanent location at 1690 Main Street in Brockton on December 12, 2016
4. What is an early college high school?
Early College High Schools have been around for more than 40 years. They are high schools that establish relationships with colleges and universities to allow ALL of their students to take college classes while still in high school for free.
5. How many credits can NHCS students earn?
NHCS students will have the ability to earn up to 60+ college credits. This means that they have the opportunity to complete their first two years of college while still in high school. The goal is that students continue their education after they leave New Heights. Therefore, with the help of Director of College Access, students will be encouraged to enroll in classes that are transferrable to all public colleges and universities.
6. What does the Academic experience at New Heights look like?
The school day begins at 7:45 and ends at 3:30. We offer an accelerated curriculum. Students will be given 2 periods of English and 2 periods of math, in addition to science, history and an elective. The school will hold a mandatory Summer Bridge program from 9:00 to 1:00 for the entire month of July.
7. What ELL services does NHCS provide?
NHCS’ ELL staff includes two teachers in Year 1, adding one teacher a year until we reach a staff capacity of 6 teachers. ELL instructors will work with students and teachers to ensure that all ELL students are able to meet academic benchmarks and transition out of ELL services.
8. What are the special education services does NHCS provide?
NHCS operates an inclusion model in our classrooms. We will provide the services our students need to be successful including special education teachers, a Director of Student Services and a Student/Family Advocate who will ensure that students IEPs and 504 accommodations are met.
9. Doesn’t “school choice” already exist in Brockton, Taunton and Randolph?
No. There is not another free public school option in Brockton, Taunton or Randolph. Parents can choose to send their children to schools outside of the district or to private/parochial schools, but there is a cost usually associated for tuition and/or transportation.
10. Will you have extracurricular activities?
We will not offer extracurricular activities in year 1. Starting in year 2, on a limited basis, we will offer some after school athletic and leadership opportunities.