MCAS Academy

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    In May 2021, the MCAS exam will be administered to all Massachusetts sophomore and junior students. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) mandates that only those students who score above 471 on the ELA portion and 486 on the Mathematics portion of the MCAS exam and successfully meet the school's graduation requirements may receive a high school diploma.

    By participating in the MCAS Preparation Academy, students will enhance targeted skills geared toward improving their performance on the Mathematics portion of the MCAS exam. Attention will be given to reviewing key mathematics concepts and answering open response questions. Students enrolled in this program will enhance their mathematics-related skills. Students will also practice with TestNav, the computer platform utilized for this exam. 

    MCAS Academy sessions will be held remotely through a Google Classroom, which your student will be invited to join upon program enrollment. The teachers will hold Google Meets during instruction time. If your student is in the building for shop or academics on an MCAS Preparation Academy day, he or she may stay in person for instruction. Students not previously scheduled to attend Diman for in-person instruction must attend MCAS Academy through Google Meet.  Fully remote options are available.  More information about program structures will be provided via the MCAS Academy Google Classroom.

    Academy Dates

    The ELA MCAS Preparation Academy will be held on the following Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.:

    • December 8, 10, 15, 17
    • January 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28
    • February 2, 4, 9, 11, 23, 25
    • March 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30
    • April 1, 6, 8, 13, 27, 29
    • May 4, 6, 11, 13
    • In addition to after school sessions, Saturday sessions will be held on the following five days from 9:00 a.m. to 11 a.m. These sessions will be in person if state health protocols allow. They will also run in conjunction with the Google Classroom and Google Meet.
      • ELA MCAS Academy Saturday Dates:
        • April 10, 17
        • May 1, 8, 15

    Math MCAS Prep Academy will be held on the following dates:

    • December 7, 9, 14, 16
    • January 4, 6, 11, 13, 20, 25
    • February 1, 3, 8, 10, 22
    • March 1, 3, 8, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31
    • April 5, 12, 14, 26, 28
    • May 3, 5, 10, 17
    • In addition to after school sessions, Saturday sessions will be held on the following five days from 9:00 a.m. to 11 a.m. These sessions will be in person if state health protocols allow. They will also run in conjunction with the Google Classroom and Google Meet.
      • Math MCAS Prep Academy will also be held on the following weekend dates:
        • April 10, 17
        • May 1, 8, 15

    Please note there is no transportation available to students enrolled in the MCAS Academy Mathematics program.  Parents will have to plan accordingly to have their child picked up from school by 3:45 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, as well as dropped off and picked up on the scheduled Saturday classes. 

    Please fill out the enclosed application and return it to Ms. Schoenherr in the Administration Office.

    In order to maintain more individualized instruction, only the first forty (40) applications will be accepted for enrollment in each program.