We Challenge Our Students to Reach New Heights!
The foundation of our curriculum is our Early College Model that prepares scholars for college level work in Middle and High School. Our scholars are regarded as college bound and future college graduates from the moment they begin their academic journey at New Heights. Throughout the day, scholars and staff incorporate college success strategies into classroom expectations and activities. We begin the process of preparing our scholars for college in the 6th grade and by 9th grade each scholar assembles a college portfolio. New Heights scholars have the opportunity to take courses at local colleges and earn up to two years of college credit, at no cost to families. If pathways are followed with integrity, scholars will leave New Heights with a High School Diploma as well as an Associate’s Degree. To date, our scholars have saved thousands on college tuition.
New Heights employs an accelerated, challenging and culturally literate curriculum designed to inspire our scholars to reach their full potential. We balance our curriculum with reading and writing across all content areas and challenge our scholars to understand multiple perspectives as they prepare to fight for social justice in all facets of life. To this end, we provide a personalized educational experience intended to close specific achievement gaps for each individual learner.
At New Heights our more personalized learning approach requires a student centered process through which we work to understand each scholar’s motives, learning style, sensory preference, including English Learners and students who receive special education services. We offer social emotional support, high-quality academic advising, coaching, and mentoring from a committed, creative team of educators.
With the knowledge and awareness that scholars gain about their academic abilities through our personalized approach, New Heights 9th graders produce a working “learning plan” that contains personal and professional goals, and strategies with which to achieve those goals. Our summer Bridge program is offered between 8th and 9th grade and is the platform on which scholars begin to build their “college knowledge” and apply their skills for the first time on a real college campus. The Bridge program is a 4 week summer program that culminates with a full week of New Heights incoming high school freshman scholars working and learning on the Massasoit College campus.
Our Days are Rigorous and Inspiring!
A typical day at New Heights starts at 7:40 am. Middle schoolers take two classes in Math and English, one History and one Science course, and electives (gym, health, or world languages). In 9th grade, they take college prep courses to develop college-ready skills. In 10th grade, students who are ready can take two college-level courses in English. In 11th and 12 grade, eligible students will leave the New Heights campus for part of the week to attend college full-time at Massasoit Community College.
After School Enrichment
New Heights is home to a vibrant multicultural student body with many different interests. The after school enrichment program is designed to meet these interests through teacher-led clubs, including Student Council, sports teams, and academic assistance.