boston gt steam academy
Launched in summer 2015, the Boston GT STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) Academy is a free 4-week academic acceleration summer program for Boston students who attend partner schools and are entering grades 5, 6, 7, or 8. Attendance is mandatory; families are responsible for transportation.
The 2019 Boston GT STEAM Academy runs from July 1 - July 26, Monday - Friday, from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. The program is closed on July 4.
"I liked the teaching fellows and the way they spoke and interacted with the students so warmly and excitedly." - GT STEAM Academy Student
GT STEAM SITE LOCATION
Brooke High School
200 American Legion Highway
Boston, MA 02124
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What student profile is GT STEAM designed to serve?
GT STEAM is designed to serve students who will attend consistently, participate fully, and enjoy small classes with young teachers. GT STEAM Academy does not provide credit recovery and must not be required for students who are not ready to be advanced to the next grade level. Students with all different levels of academic achievement (far below and far above grade level) have successfully completed the GT STEAM Academy. A student's interest in attending the program is a far greater predictor of success than past grades or test scores (which is why we collect neither!).
How much does the program cost?
The program is tuition-free to families.
Is transportation provided?
Families are responsible for transportation.
How is this different from school?
While this is an academic enrichment program, we understand the importance of fun during the summer. In addition to frequent breaks and outdoor recess, students explore new areas of learning (such as computer science and engineering), participate in daily physical activity, and enjoy weekly special events, including field trips.
What is the dress code?
A uniform is not required. However, students should wear appropriate clothing. Shoulders and stomachs should be covered, and students should wear shoes or sneakers that are appropriate for physical activity.
Are supplies provided?
We provide materials.
What is the student-teacher ratio?
Classes are never larger than 15 students. Professional educators support Teaching Fellows. During activities, professional staff supervise students.
Are meals provided? Can my child bring his or her own lunch?
Breakfast and lunch are provided every day. Students may bring lunches.
Can I meet the teachers?
We invite you to meet Teaching Fellows at the Student & Family Orientation and to hear about your child's progress at Open House the second week of the program and to see your child’s accomplishments at Ed Expo during the last week of the program. We conduct local and national background checks on Teaching Fellows, Teacher Coaches, and leadership staff.
What is the attendance policy?
Daily attendance is important for your child’s success. Absences may be excused in case of illness or emergency, but excessive absences will result in dismissal. Please make sure your child attends the first three days, in particular, when we are building our community.
Can my child ride with a friend?
Rides need to be arranged in advance to ensure all students are safe. Otherwise, staff will release students only to immediate family members.
What if my child has a food allergy?
Please indicate medical conditions or allergies on your registration forms. We will make appropriate accommodations for your child. Please note we do not have a nurse on site.
What if my child has a daily medication?
Please indicate daily medication (prescription, inhaler, etc.) on your registration and provide a doctor's note. We will make appropriate accommodations for your child. Please note we do not have a nurse on site.
What if my child has an IEP or 504?
The GT STEAM Academy does not have special education staff. We are not able to serve students who need a 1:1 paraprofessional. If your child's IEP or 504 recommends small classes, unlimited time for activities, and individual attention, our program may be a match, but if your child is best served by certified teachers and specialized staff, we will not be able to accommodate your child. Please note our Teaching Fellows are not certified.
What if my child has a physical or learning difference requiring additional support?
Please indicate the situation on your registration form. We will make appropriate accommodations for your child. Please note we do not have a nurse on site.
What is the cell phone policy?
We recommend not bringing cell phones, as they may be lost or interrupt learning. Students may have cell phones to call families for a ride, but the phone must be off and in the student’s backpack during the Academy.
The Boston GT STEAM Academy is led by Ms. Ivelisse Sanchez, a Boston Public Schools alumna. Ms. Ive is a Boston, MA native and has worked in K-12 public education for the past seven years. She was a middle school English as a Second Language teacher in Boston Public Schools before transitioning into recruitment at UP Education Network. There she founded and led the organization’s diversity initiatives, including managing the Diversity and Inclusivity Task Force, overseeing the implementation of the Bridge Mentoring Program for new employees of color, and assisting UP in attracting, recruiting, and hiring a talented and diverse staff. She earned her B.A. in Journalism from Northeastern University and her Master of Education in Curriculum and Teaching from Boston University.