Worcester Academy has a deep and longstanding commitment to public-private partnerships, including those established for the purpose of improving equity in educational opportunities.

Partner Schools and Organizations

A leader among independent schools since 1834, Worcester Academy utilizes education and other partnerships to advance common objectives to make the world a better place through collaboration, connectivity, relationship building, and shared accomplishments. The following is a list of organizations with which WA maintains significant and longstanding relationships toward achieving that end.

Abaarso Tech Roosevelt School
Afternoon Tunes St. John's Church
Big Brothers, Big Sisters Program Union Hill School
Boys and Girls Club Vernon Hill School
Community Harvest Project Worcester Community Housing Resources
Grafton Street School Worcester Education Roundtable
Greater Worcester Community Foundation Worcester Fire Department
Nativity School Worcester Police Department
Neighborhood Crime Watch Worcester Public Schools
Neighborhood Health Initiative Worcester Tree Initiative
Oak Hill Community Development Corporation Worcester Youth Council

The ages of students benefitting from partnerships with Worcester Academy is largely 5-13, though there are many students who are 14-18 years of age. Proposed relationships, such as that with North High School, are not yet reflected in this overview.

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"Worcester Academy demonstrates leadership in public-private partnership. The school is deeply engaged in its surrounding urban community. From student-to-student programming to civic projects to community leadership roundtables, Worcester Academy is working alongside their peers in the public sector to achieve shared outcomes for the great city of Worcester."

Claire Leheny, Executive Director National Network of Schools in Partnership (NNSP)

Making an Impact

Improvements to safety and quality of life, as well as to educational equity, are arguably the most important results coming from Worcester Academy’s deep and longstanding commitments to public-private partnerships. Extra police, libraries, green spaces (and recreational opportunities), quality schools, and a stable housing stock are universally recognized as beneficial to communities. Read what The New York Times says about Worcester and why Parenting magazine ranked Worcester in their Top 10 Best Cities for Families.

The press the school has received is one measure of results, while the visit of Commonwealth of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to Union Hill is a measurement of another kind. Additional results – very real but harder to measure – include the goodwill and trust established among neighbors, neighborhood stakeholders, and city departments and officials. There is also the added benefit of modeling such engagement for our students, whose character and leadership abilities are largely shaped by the school’s urban location and the opportunities it presents.

Worcester Academy is currently in discussions with city officials and donors regarding improvements to Providence Street, as well as partnerships that address housing and economic development in the neighborhood.

Worcester Academy Head of School Ron Cino sums it up as he states, “We are so excited to be part of this important work and to be doing it in affiliation with the National Network of Schools in Partnership (NNSP).  We are looking forward to learning from and alongside like-minded colleagues.”

Worcester Academy is a member of the National Network for Schools in Partnership.  Learn more by visiting schoolsinpartnership.org
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