Brooke Charter Schools is a network of high-performing public charter schools in Boston with a mission to provide an academically rigorous public education to students that will ensure that they are prepared to attend and succeed in college and beyond. Named after the late Senator Edward W. Brooke, the first African-American popularly elected to the U.S. Senate, Brooke Charter Schools has achieved exceptional results for historically under-served students through a relentless focus on excellent teaching. Since 2002, Brooke has grown from a single site school to a network of four schools that serves 1,740 students from Boston and Chelsea, including three kindergarten through eighth grade (K-8) schools in Roslindale, Mattapan, and East Boston, and a high school temporarily located in Dorchester.
Brooke High School aims to be the number one open-enrollment public high school in Massachusetts. We are developing, executing, and disseminating a robust computer science (CS) curriculum across our three K-8 campuses and now also at the high school level. As part of our high school model of high standards, rigorous course offerings, and vast enrichment opportunities, computer science is a core, daily course and three years of CS (including Java programming, physical computing, and advanced placement CS) is required for graduation, with an optional fourth year of study. Brooke High has added one grade level per year since its founding in 2016 and will serve ninth through twelfth graders in 2019-2020. Our new, state-of-the-art high school facility in Mattapan, set to open in summer 2018, will feature a robotics makerspace and designated computer science classrooms.
The Hestia Fund’s grant to Brooke is catalyzing our development of a long-term computer science course sequence. With The Hestia Fund’s support, we are able to cover initial instructional expenses for our tenth grade CS course, which we added in the 2017-2018 school year. Brooke’s vision is that our CS sequence, in addition to our extra curricular offerings such as robotics, will not only expose students to computer science and engineering, but will ignite their curiosity and desire to pursue opportunities in the field at the post-secondary level and beyond.
This is Hestia’s first year funding Brooke Charter School. Hestia’s grant of $25,000 will support the Computer Science Program expansion.