Thank you for your interest in Worcester Cultural Academy! Our application for the 2023-24 school year for grades K-4 is open now. Admission is by lottery. We will hold the lottery for the 2023-24 school year in early 2023. Any school-aged child in the state of Massachusetts may apply. Preference in the lottery is given to students who reside in the city of Worcester. Worcester Cultural Academy is free for all students! Please note that the school’s opening in the 2023-24 school year is pending DESE approval.

APPLY TODAY!

Smiling Academy StudentsWorcester Cultural Academy (WCA) is a free charter public school located in Worcester, MA opening in August 2023 with grades Kindergarten through 4th grade, and will grow to a K-8 school. The school is partnering with EL Education (formerly known as Expeditionary Learning) to grant students an opportunity to connect what they are learning in classrooms to real-world applications through high-quality learning experiences. Through project-based learning, case studies, and fieldwork conducted with the leading cultural institutions and museums of central Massachusetts, including the Ecotarium, the Hanover Theatre and Conservatory, Old Sturbridge Village, and the Worcester Art Museum, WCA fosters intellectual curiosity and encourages students to become articulate communicators, critical thinkers, and skilled problem solvers who care for themselves, others around them, and their community. A culture of quality permeates the school and our students will graduate with an understanding of how they learn best and how to advocate for the resources they need for success.

 

Worcester Cultural Academy Charter Public School founding team members, Stacey Luster and Jasmin Rivas.

 

 

I want to learn more!

Sign up for a zoom information session!

Learn More

Mission

Worcester Cultural Academy educates, inspires, and uncovers the inner genius of all learners through real-world and project-based experiences, to prepare them to be the cultural leaders of tomorrow.

Vision

When students graduate from Worcester Cultural Academy, they will do so as articulate communicators, critical thinkers, and skilled problem solvers who care for themselves, others around them, and their community. Through project-based learning, they will discover other passions and crafts as well – from music to painting, and woodworking to gardening. They will produce academic work that is “museum quality”, engaging in real-world learning at every grade level. They will be able to describe how they learn best and advocate for the tools they need when they are struggling. Worcester Cultural Academy students will have the academic skills they need to produce beautiful work to make the world a better place.

About Worcester Cultural Academy

Worcester Cultural Academy (WCA) is a free charter public school located in Worcester, MA opening in August 2023 with grades Kindergarten through 4th grade. The school is partnering with EL Education (formerly known as Expeditionary Learning) to grant students an opportunity to connect what they are learning in classrooms to real-world applications through high-quality learning experiences. Through project-based learning, case studies, and fieldwork conducted with the leading cultural institutions and museums of central Massachusetts, including the Ecotarium, the Hanover Theatre and Conservatory, Old Sturbridge Village, and the Worcester Art Museum, WCA fosters intellectual curiosity and encourages students to become articulate communicators, critical thinkers, and skilled problem solvers who care for themselves, others around them, and their community. A culture of quality permeates the school and our students will graduate with an understanding of how they learn best and how to advocate for the resources they need for success.

Worcester Cultural Academy is based on the success of Old Sturbridge Academy Charter Public School, located in Sturbridge, MA, where a successful school and museum partnership has flourished. Old Sturbridge Academy has seen this model work with a diverse range of students and learning styles. WCA will utilize the blueprint of this school/museum partnership model along with Old Sturbridge Academy’s best practices and lessons, differentiating itself by its location in the culturally rich, urban environment of Worcester.

Worcester Cultural Academy, in partnership with families, students, and staff, will provide the following:

A Typical Day as a Worcester Cultural Academy Student

The Day Begins

At 8:15 AM, the school bus pulls up to the school building and students disembark and thank their bus driver for getting them to school safely. Students are greeted warmly by both their peers and school staff. They enter the building and go to their classrooms to unpack their materials and then head to the eating area for a nutritious breakfast.

Crew

After that, it is time for “Crew” where students greet their peers and teachers, collaborate in an activity, look at the calendar and schedule for the day, and participate in the news and announcements. WCA’s Habits of Character and mission are infused throughout Crew. For example, Crew may focus on celebrating perseverance as a Habit of Character when students created multiple drafts of a scientific drawing as part of their Learning Expedition. Students share with their Crew how they used a photo of a frog from the Amazon rainforest to create an accurate drawing. During Crew, students are able to forge productive relationships to support their mastery of knowledge and skills, character, and high-quality work.

Classes

Throughout the day, students take part in the core subjects of English Language Arts, Math, Expedition (Science and/or Social Studies driven Learning Expeditions), and Physical Education/Wellness/Health.

Closing the Day

At the end of the day, students participate in Closing Crew. The teacher invites students to give classmates shout-outs. One of the students gets a shout-out for their stewardship because they picked up litter on the playground at play that day. This student beams with pride and feels like they are seen and validated as a member of the Crew. Finally, the teacher reminds all students of what to bring for Monday’s field study including study shoes that can get wet as they look for frogs. At 2:30 PM, they say goodbye to their Crew and teacher as they make their way to the bus to head home.

About Old Sturbridge Village

As one of the nation’s leading living history museums, the Village has been providing educational programs to students, teachers, and families for more than 70 years. With a campus of more than 200 acres, the museum offers an idyllic setting with hundreds of resources to support learning.

How to Apply

Admission is by lottery. We will hold the lottery for the 2023-24 school year in early 2023. Preference in the lottery is given to students who reside in the city of Worcester.

Our application for the 2023-24 school year for grades K-4 is open now.

APPLY TODAY!

Information Sessions

To help us plan accordingly, please sign up for an Information Session by filling out the form below. Additional dates will be added soon so please check back.

Zoom Info:

Click here to join
 
Meeting ID: 885 2329 8052
 
One tap mobile:
+13092053325,,88523298052#

 


 

Location

81 Plantation Street
Worcester, MA

Contact

Jasmin Rivas
jrivas@osv.org
(508) 347-0340

Map showing address of Worcester Cultural Academy

Translate »