High School Reimagined
Map Academy is a Commonwealth Charter school approval by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education opening in September of 2018.
Map Academy plans to open in September of 2018 and will serve students in the greater Plymouth area who have completed 8th grade through age 24 and are disengaged from and/or have dropped out of school. We will open with an enrollment of 130 students and grow to 300 students by 2024. Map Academy will be a free public charter school predominantly serving students who reside in Plymouth, Carver, and Wareham, but will be open to any student in Massachusetts who chooses to enroll.
Map Academy is designed to replace competition with collaboration and eliminate the divisive atmosphere that has surrounded charter schools throughout the past decade. As a proposed commonwealth charter school, Map Academy has been endorsed by Plymouth Public Schools central administration and School Committee. Map Academy will leverage the supports and infrastructures already in place in Plymouth to make a targeted investment in our most vulnerable youth. By embedding cooperation throughout our plan, we will meet a district and regional need by creating a high-quality option for an underserved and steadily increasing population.
We believe that all students deserve the opportunity to achieve success in school and life. However, the confines of traditional high school settings largely prevent such success for at-risk students. For these students, a proactive, individualized plan with multiple points for assessment of academic, emotional, and social growth is a necessity. In our extensive experience with vulnerable youth, we know that if given the choice, most would elect to attend a school that affords flexibility and provides support rather than drop out. Map Academy will provide that option for these students in the greater Plymouth area.
The vision of Map Academy is to be a haven for disconnected and underserved students, and to empower them toward high school graduation and beyond. We envision a community infused commonwealth charter school which shifts the paradigm from competition to collaboration to provide more opportunities for greater Plymouth’s most vulnerable students by creating a model that can be replicated in other large suburban and urban fringe districts.