Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Diploma Plus students focused on the effects of substance abuse during a recent week-long program.
Students in the Diploma Plus program at Charlestown High School recently participated in an interdisciplinary week of study called “Ecological Systems: Scrutinizing the War on Drugs.” Students looked at the effects of substance abuse, imprisonment, and poverty on individuals, neighborhoods, cities, and America as a whole. Students asked deep questions about the ramifications of certain social policies and laws, and they studied the ways we understand addiction both scientifically and culturally. “There was a lot of debate this week,” Charlestown resident and Diploma Plus student Priscilla Chiu said. “We talked about all the ways drugs affect people.” One topic Chiu learned about was the prison system, especially the financial costs related…
Thursday, January 31, 2013
The week-long program for Diploma Plus students combines artistic activity and real-world discussions.
Thursday, January 31
[UPDATED Saturday, Feb. 2, 9 p.m.] By Alexander Kalamaroff Hear that beat? That’s the sound of West African drumming echoing in the halls of Charlestown High School. All this week, students in Diploma Plus, a small learning community with Charlestown High School, are taking part in an interdisciplinary “Art for Agency” week. “Art for Agency” is a week of special programming that combines artistic activities with broader discussions about students’ lives, their communities and the world at large. Instead of having regular academic classes, for this one week students attend different sessions where they pursue and enjoy unique artistic practices. There’s everything from breakdancing with nationally-renowned dancer Jet Liem to spoken word …
Monday, October 15, 2012
Charlestown High School is the only school in Boston with an in-house Diploma Plus program.
“If you are 18 and in the ninth grade, the odds are, you’re going to be susceptible to failure,” Charlestown High School Head Master William Thomas said. This was the primary idea behind the Diploma Plus program at Charlestown High, a performance-based program for over aged and under credited students. “This is a program for students who have not found success in the classroom,” Thomas said. With dedicated teachers, guidance councilors and resources for at-risk students, Charlestown High School is the only school in the Boston Public School system with an in-house Diploma Plus program. The program is in its third year and there are 75 students enrolled. Teachers at Charlestown High School advocated for the Diploma Plus program when they …