Yesterday morning, BBA President Paul T. Dacier joined over 150 of Boston’s leaders in visiting Boston Public Schools (BPS) to gain a firsthand look at the successes and challenges of the city’s school system as part of the BPS Principal for a Day Program. Paul shadowed William Thomas, the headmaster of Charlestown High School, for the morning.
Here are a few facts about Charlestown High School so that you have a better idea of what he saw:
- With 954 students, Charlestown is one of Boston’s largest high schools.
- 39% of its student body is Limited English Proficient.
- 46% of students qualify for free or reduced-priced school meals.
As you know, the BBA works closely with the BPS on a number of our public service programs, including the M. Ellen Financial Literacy Program, the BBA Summer Jobs Program, Law Day in the Schools, and the Boston Debate League. Principal for a Day allows the BBA President to gain a better understanding of the school system and how our programs fit in.
Here’s what Paul had to say about his experience:
“It was eye-opening to see how hard the students and teachers are working in the face of budget constraints and a large English Language Learner population at Charlestown High School. The students have a thirst for knowledge and a willingness to learn and the teachers and school administration are dedicated to changing the students’ lives with less than adequate resources.”
Take a look below for photos from the morning:
Keep an eye out for future articles about Paul’s experience.