School Details

Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers

360 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115
(617) 373-8576
4

(out of 10)

Charter Grades 9-12 & ungraded 218 students 10 student/teacher

Test Scores by grade

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65%
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71%

Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS)

In 2010-2011 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 2013
  • Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers (Horace Mann Ch average
  • Massachusetts state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

23%
23%
73%

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

In 2010-2011 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 high school graduation requirement. 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 2013
  • Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers (Horace Mann Ch average
  • Massachusetts state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers is a charter high school in Boston. The principal of Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers is Caren Walker, whose e-mail is aholland@boston.k12.ma.us. 218 students go to Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 77% of the 218 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers is 10:1. O'Bryant School Math/Science is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 5% 5%
Black, non-Hispanic 45% 54%
Hispanic 43% 35%
Multiracial 4% 3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Asian 2% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.5% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 77% 64%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is great in terms of academics and the opportunities it provides for students who want to pursue a health career. If it was not for this school I would of never been exposed to working in one of America's best hospitals at a young age. Although the school seems small to others there is a wonderful community within the school. There really isnt alot of extracurricular activities that the school provides except basketball and step there are different advisories such as the National Honors society multicultural advisory prom commitee etc. As a senior Im not sure if i can speak for others but I think that the school doesnt prepare students for the SAT well and there is no preparation for AP classes as a result your just experiencing a drop in your GPA. It feels like a whole different atmosphere since basically your on your own.

  • (7 years ago)

    I love love love health careers academy one of the best schools ever. The teachers care alot about their students and want to see them succeed. They offer advice from education to life and everything in between. Like Tania said it's like an extended family.

  • (7 years ago)

    As an Alumni of Health Careers Academy I believe it is a wonderful school. What you have to keep in mind is unlike other Public schools HCA is fairly new. With that said there are going to be a few kinks to work out. As for the teacher turnover I believe those teachers who come and leave just view the school as a job and nothing further. For those teachers who remain they see it more like their extended family and they do actually care about their students. Therefore I believe it unjust to blame the schools administration for these teacher turn overs. Overall the school is great the location is great the caliber of learning is exceptional. +

  • (8 years ago)

    HCA is great in that it is a small learning community. But there is lots of staff turnover every year. That makes me wonder about the administration. They don't seem to have their act together and I wonder why good teachers are leaving and teachers who don't seem as hard working are staying. They seem to change rules and procedures all the time and they are not consistent in discipline.

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