African American Scholars Program (AASP)
The African-American Scholars Program at Brookline is designed to enhance the culture of high achievement among students of color. It is about helping Brookline High School reach its fundamental academic goal, an achievement profile that reflects the diversity of our student body.
B-CASA (Brookline Coalition Against Substance Abuse)
B-CASA is a community effort to address the underlying contributing factors of teen substance use and to offer effective strategies to counter the culture of acceptance of underage alcohol use.
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The Public Schools of Brookline is a charter member of the Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity (METCO), a voluntary integration program founded in 1966 which provides K-12 education for over 300 students from Boston. METCO students participate in all aspects of the academic and extracurricular life of the schools and are supported by the METCO Director and staff.
Opportunity for Change (OFC)
The "Opportunity for Change” Program is committed to the idea that changed behavior is valid proof of learning. In a compact, structured, nurturing environment, students experience a change from the mainstream daily schedule. Without compromising academic standards, the program helps those who need to make adjustments in all phases of daily life and to succeed.
School Within a School (SWS)
School Within A School is a democratic program for 115 sophomores, juniors and seniors. Governance is by a Town Meeting made up of all students and the SWS staff who teach English, Math, Social Studies and Chemistry.
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Steps to Success (Brookline School Community Partnership)
Steps to Success (STS) is a comprehensive educational achievement program providing academic, social development and family support for low-income students and their families. Working with students in Grades 4-12, the program seeks to break through the attitudes and substantive barriers -both personal & institutional - that can make it difficult for these students to succeed in school and pursue a college education.
Brookline Summer School offers classes over six weeks in mathematics, English, social studies, culinary and language arts, theater performance, science, computers, and health and fitness to students in grades 7 - 12. Financial aid is available based on need.
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The Mission of the Brookline High School China Exchange Program is to foster personal connections and a climate of mutual cultural understanding between the people of China and the United States.
Each year, the China Exchange Program brings a group of eight high school students and one teacher from the Gao Xin School in Xi’an, China for a semester at Brookline High School, and a comparable group from Brookline High School to the Gao Xin School. The program provides participants with an opportunity for personal growth through increased cultural awareness, foreign language competency, and the maturation associated with navigating a new environment.
The China Exchange Program enriches the communities of both schools far beyond the impact on the students and teachers who have directly participated since its inception in 1999. The program has fostered a much broader set of personal relationships among members of the two cultures involving school and community leaders, students and faculty, host families and other community members. It is also a powerful symbol of and focal point for the value that Brookline and Xi’an place on mutual understanding in an increasingly interconnected world.
BRYT (Brookline Resilient Youth Team) is a new initiative at Brookline High School to support the reintegration of students who have been out of school and/or hospitalized due to an emotional, medical, psychiatric, or substance related issues. It is led by a collaborative of parents and staff from Brookline High School and the Brookline Center. While the BRYT Center officially opened its doors September 2003, planning had actually occurred over the past several years. Three years ago, a group of concerned parents, school staff, community mental health center clinicians, and substance abuse prevention program specialists worked together to create an innovative school-based, family-centered program to help teens and families at moments of crisis.
To help students break the cycle of difficulties they have experienced in traditional education, Winthrop House provides a small setting, emotionally and physically safe environment, structured behavioral program, and therapeutic interventions. Teaching approaches and pace of learning support students' achievement of IEP goals. Academics parallel the BHS core curriculum. Like their peers at main campus, WH students receive BHS diplomas at graduation, then go on to college, transition-year programs, or the workplace.
Brookline Tutorial is a one-credit course offering content area academic support for 10th through 12th grade students with the overarching goal of maximizing student achievement. Each class section (comprised of ten students with two content area teachers) meets four times a week in a supportive learning community. In collaboration with their Tutorial teachers, students identify specific goals for improving academic performance and receive individual guidance in developing effective study strategies. Class time is divided between personalized consultation (in which a Tutorial teacher assists the student in identifying more effective and efficient study habits) and independent practice (where the student implements recommended strategies).
Social Justice Leadership
The Brookline High School Program in Social Justice Leadership trains a youth corps of social justice advocates and aims to nurture life-long leaders for social transformation—a powerful antidote to the recent decline in civic engagement and a response the growing demand by students to learn about and work for social justice. Participating students will grapple with the bedrock values of social justice—Commitment, Courage, Compassion, Humility, Praxis—and produce a social justice mission statement. Students will attend a bi-weekly seminar, blog and journal online, participate in trainings and intern at a local social justice organization. These experiences emphasize collective rather than individual responses to injustice, and transformative rather than temporary relief from social problems. The program is supported by The 21st Century Fund and is open to all juniors and senior applicants who can demonstrate maturity, a desire to participate, and a proven ability to fulfill commitment.
The BHS Peer Leadership program is designed around the belief that adolescents listen and learn more from their peers than anyone else. BHS peer leaders tackle the serious health and social issues impacting teens, developing concrete strategies to effect positive change in their community. Peer Leaders also work with B-CASA, The Brookline Coalition Against Substance Abuse, to promote safe and healthy decision making among their peers and reduce the harmful effects caused by the abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. To become a Peer Leader, students must apply for the program and sign a contract to abstain from using alcohol and drugs. The program is designed as a full credit course that meets before school several days a week.