The primary focus of the Bridge Academy is preparing students to successfully transition into regular classes at Chelsea High School. The timing of this transition is based mostly on standardized test scores, along with academic performance, and Bridge Academy teacher and staff input.
Writing instruction focuses as much on the process of writing as on the end product, which allows students to develop critical-thinking skills, organize and convey information, and evaluate their work. All ELA Department courses focus on group discussions and cooperative learning to help students become well-rounded, effective communicators who are comfortable with both spoken and written expression.
The ELA department curriculum is aligned with the Common Core Standards.
To be considered for the 2018-19 Pathway program, students must:
Pathway students have an opportunity to take courses together with a group of students who share common interests.
Pathway students are able to connect with people already employed in their field of interest. Pathway students participate in an internship program, and each Pathway provides numerous field trip opportunities and hosts guest speaker presentations regularly. These activities all support academic learning while giving students real-world opportunities to explore potential careers.
Pathway students have a structured opportunity to focus on college and/or career planning. All students enrolled in a Pathway complete a college application, learn about financial planning for college or career training, and develop a detailed, personalized, post-secondary plan of action.
Foreign language students focus on this aspect of learning while increasing their knowledge about the societies where the language is spoken, including its art, music, popular culture, literature, food, and history. In a world becoming a global village, people still remain isolated from each other in many respects. Studying foreign languages can begin to break down many of these barriers.
The Foreign Language Department curriculum is aligned with the current Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks.
A well-rounded social science education helps students understand the complexity of the modern world by providing a conceptual framework through which to understand their personal, social, and historical circumstances. Students come to realize that the past has created the present, and that historical processes have shaped ' and continue to shape ' the world. This understanding helps them plan their futures and affect positive change for themselves, their families, and their communities.
Our focus is on integrating the study of history with geography, civics, economics, law, government, religion, and other cultural studies. Courses are designed to help students practice historical analysis by applying advanced critical-thinking, reading, and writing skills. Students are also given the chance to experience the political process first-hand through participation in extracurricular programs like the Harvard Model Congress, Mock Trial, and the Chelsea High School Senate.The History and Social Science Department curriculum is aligned with the current Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks.
Our courses benefit students who have a casual interest in music, drama, and dance, as well as those who wish to pursue a career in the performing arts. Our goal is to develop well-rounded students who appreciate the joy that the performing arts can bring to life, as well as the important personal and social values that music, dance, and drama can develop and reinforce.
The Performing Arts Department curriculum is aligned with the current Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks.
The Physical Education Department curriculum is aligned with the current Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks.
Chapter 71, Section 3 of the Massachusetts General Laws states that 'Physical education (PE) shall be taught as a required subject in all grades for all students in the public schools for the purpose of promoting the physical well-being of such students.' Every Chelsea High School student must meet this requirement during each school year they are enrolled.
There are four ways a student can meet the state requirement:
Any parent or legal guardian of a student who wishes to document that their son or daughter participates in an athletic program or activity outside of school that meets the annual Massachusetts Physical Education requirement must do the following:
Any parent or legal guardian of a student who wishes to document that their son or daughter has a medical condition exempting them from the annual Massachusetts Physical Education requirement must do the following:
Parents or guardians who have questions about the annual Massachusetts Physical Education requirement should call the Chelsea High School Registrar at 617-466-5004. Parents or guardians who have questions about, or need more information about, medical waivers for PE should call the Chelsea High School nurse's office at 617-466-5210 or the MGH Chelsea Student Health Center at 617-466-5037.
We use five placement levels:
The Reading Department curriculum is aligned with the current Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks.
In accordance with the 2005 policy on Dissection and Dissection Alternatives set forth by the Massachusetts DESE, Chelsea High School has developed the following policy.
Student participation in hands-on science is important to learning science. Dissections are valuable learning experiences and all students are encouraged to participate in them. When dissection is used in the classroom at Chelsea High School:
Each Chelsea High School science course that includes dissection also offers a dissection alternative. When a science teacher receives a written request from a parent or guardian objecting to their student's participation in a dissection, the student will be permitted to demonstrate competency through an alternative method.
Any student who wishes to participate in an alternative activity in place of dissection must do the following:
Students can take general education classes, with or without co-teachers (co-teaching is with two teachers in the core academic subjects only). For students who need more remediation and modified curriculum materials, there are Learning Center classes offered in all core academic subjects (English, History, Math, and Science). The Functional Academic and Post-Grad Programs are designed for students in grades 9-12 and up until age 22. The purpose of these programs is to provide comprehensive services to support communication skills, motor skills, adaptive behaviors, and personal independence.
Chelsea High School provides 11th and 12th graders the opportunity to enroll in Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) Classes during the school day at Chelsea High School. All students are welcome to enroll in Early College Classes no matter what their previous academic performance was or their current GPA. This is an amazing opportunity for students to take college level classes for both high school and college level credit for free! Students can take up to 2 classes per semester for a total of 8 classes in 2 years. Most classes are transferable to State Universities, Community Colleges and many private for year schools.
Students must submit to taking the Accuplacer test (at no cost) to be placed in the appropriate level BHCC classes. Students can meet with their Guidance Counselor or TRIO counselor to set up a time for testing. Following the receipt of their test results, students will meet with their Guidance or TRIO Counselor to select their College classes. Enrollment for Early College classes is on a first come first serve basis, so it's important to test early and register as soon as possible to ensure there is space in your top choices for classes.