School Details

Boston Arts Academy

174 Ipswich St, Boston, MA 02215
(617) 635-6470
3

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 & ungraded 418 students 10 students/teacher (MA avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade

91%
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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS)

In 2013-2014 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Boston School District average
  • Massachusetts state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

91%
49%
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63%
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60%
58%
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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS)

In 2013-2014 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
56%
48%
52%

Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCASSTE)

In 2013-2014 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCAS STE) to test students in high school in biology, chemistry, introductory physics and technology/engineering. The MCAS STE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Boston School District average
  • Massachusetts state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Boston Arts Academy is a public high school in Boston. The principal of Boston Arts Academy is Linda Nathan. 418 children attend Boston Arts Academy and are mostly Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 66% of the 418 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Boston Arts Academy is 10:1. Fenway High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 45% 43%
Black, non-Hispanic 36% 34%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 8%
Multiracial 3% 2%
Asian 3% %
White, non-Hispanic 13% 13%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.7% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 66% 69%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    Boston Arts Academy is a great school for children that want to express themselves threw art. There is no other arts school where children can do this except this great school. What I love about this school it's not all about their art majors it is also about their academics to. People are hesitant when they hear art school but this school is very focus on the academics as well as there art major. The kids have to balance both if they want to succeed in this school. That is the great thing about this school they believe in every child no matter what they bring to the school everyone is accepted! This school gives them a chance to express themselves without getting judge and that is hard to find these days in a school great work BAA!

  • (5 years ago)

    Balancing arts with academics is a great skill to learn at BAA.

  • (5 years ago)

    BAA students are passionate about what they do because they spend half the day making art. The school offers a well-rounded education with passionate and committed teachers in every discipline. It is a true community where students faculty and staff help and support each other.

  • (6 years ago)

    Hello my son is a freshman at boston arts academy I love the school very supportive of the parents and the children

  • (6 years ago)

    I believe that this school is good but i dont think they should just let students from the city of boston go there i think they should give other kids the chance

  • (8 years ago)

    As a former student I owe so much to the Boston Arts Academy the teachers and faculty there the friends I made and the training I gained. Going to that school was a life-altering experience...

  • (10 years ago)

    Im a former student of BAA. Academics here are very good you learn a lot in a little amount of time. You are already doing college work in 9th grade. The arts and activities such as community day are wonderful. Something each student waits for. The only thing though that in special cases in which you are medically ill in some way they don't excuse you and try to accomodate you they make choose between you staying a fifth year or leaving the school. They are not very understanding. Is their way or the high way but I have to say I do recommend it if you can handle it.

  • (10 years ago)

    I am alumni and I can definately say that I am where I am because of this school. The blend of interactive academic courses with the various art classes is the perfect enviroment for any student. The 'at home' atmosphere that the school has achieved allows the student to feel nutured and loved.

  • (10 years ago)

    I am a graduated BAA student. Parents should send their children to this school. It gives kids a chance to develop in a creative passionate and high spirited school. Teachers are willing to do anything and everything to see their students succeed. BAA truly has a staff of devoted teachers. It is also a school that prepares students both artistically and academicaly no matter what field. They challenge the student to think and act outside the box; it really allows a child to develop in a different setting.

  • (11 years ago)

    This school is fabulous! If your child is talented in that special way you should definetly send them here. They have acting classes singing classes to improve vocal skills dancing lessons and many more. At this school students can excel in what they love to do! This school is a high two thumbs up for me.

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