Our mission at Argosy Collegiate is to prepare our scholars with the academic foundation and the character skills necessary for success in college, career, and life. We believe that every scholar can learn, grow, prosper, and have a positive impact within their families and in their community. We believe that our responsibility as adults is to do whatever we can to ensure that this and future generations of children in Fall River get the best education possible and are prepared for the real world. We are thrilled to take on year four of our seven year growth plan, which includes Argosy Collegiate Charter Middle School located at 263 Hamlet Street and Argosy Collegiate Charter High School located at 240 Dover Street. We are renovating the former St. Peter & Paul School for our high school, which will open with our inaugural 9th grade class in August of 2017.
We've assembled an incredible team of people - the DREAM Team - we are on a journey to close the achievement gap here in Fall River. We've built our program upon the best practices of extremely successful schools across the country, learning from schools and leaders who have already achieved what we have set out to achieve. We're building an innovative, personalized, and fresh approach to supporting all learners and helping educators to close the achievement gap and to challenge all learners to reach their DREAMs.
Our school was founded in February of 2014 and we opened our doors to 100 6th grade scholars the following August. It was a quick turn around but we felt we didn't have a minute to spare in bringing choice to Fall River Families. We add a 6th grade every year, open our high school in August of 2017, and in 2020, we will reach our full grade span from grades 6 to 12. For the 2017-18 school year we enroll 410 scholars in grades 6 through 9. We believe in small school. We believe in hard work. We believe in building Determination, Respect, Excellence, Altruism, and Maturity within all of our scholars. We believe that education is the key to success in life and that all scholars deserve a high quality, public school education.
We are open to all Fall River scholars and we are not selective in our enrollment process except that we prioritize Fall River residents in our public lottery. We founded Argosy Collegiate to provide a tuition-free college preparatory program for Fall River families.
Our Philosophy and general programmatic information
Argosy Collegiate Middle School - Our middle school program is an 8 hour school day. We don't see how we can close the achievement gap with a traditional six hour school day in the middle school. Our middle school program includes an 8 hour school day from 7:30am - 3:30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday with an early 1:30pm dismissal on Wednesdays. Two daily support blocks are incorporated into our regular schedule so that all scholars receive the supports they need whether academic, social, emotional, or behavioral - without missing out on direct instruction. Early dismissal days are included weekly so that teachers and staff can analyze current student data to plan for personalized supports for all learners, from struggling to advanced. It is hard work for everyone, but it is also joyful and amazing what scholars and teachers can accomplish with more time, personalized support, and engaging learning experiences.
The goal of the middle school is to get 100% of our scholars at or above grade level by the end of 8th grade, so that they are ready for our college-prep high school program including our college credit dual enrollment program. Saturday Academy is offered twice per month to provide free, additional academic support to scholars who need extra support in a small setting. Saturday Academy is not mandatory but rather an option for scholars who need it.
Argosy Collegiate High School - Our high school program is a 7 hour school day. It is designed to allow for scholars to engage in after school activities and enrichment while still getting a rigorous and engaging college preparatory, dual enrollment program during the school day. Support blocks are still an option for scholars but is not required for all scholars at the high school level. High school scholars learn to self-advocate and schedule extra help with teachers when needed. The high school day is 7:30am - 2:30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday with a 1:30pm early dismissal on Wednesdays.
The Argosy Collegiate High School program includes:
*A full four-year financial literacy program to prepare scholars for the real world of managing their personal finances as well as managing a business.
*Dual Enrollment courses with Bristol Community College (BCC) - Our partnership with BCC is an exciting opportunity for Argosy Collegiate scholars. Our vision is that our scholars will be able to graduate 12th grade not only with their high school diploma, but also a college acceptance letter, and a year of college credits completed - AT NO COST. Through MassTransfer, scholars will be able to transfer their earned credits to a number of excellent colleges and universities in Massachusetts to dramatically decrease the cost of a bachelor's degree.
Beginning in the 9th grade, scholars who have demonstrated grade level mastery of reading and writing English will be able to take dual enrollment courses in either Spanish or Portuguese right away. Argosy Collegiate provides scholars with classroom and academic support to ensure that all scholars meet the expectations of this college level course, both inside the classroom and out. In 9th and 10th grade, all dual enrollment courses are taught by BCC professors on our high school campus. Beginning in 10th grade, our scholars can take courses on our campus or at BCC. Scholars who are not ready for dual enrollment in foreign language in the 9th grade will take a literacy intervention course in addition to their ELA course to get them to grade level proficiency prior to taking any dual enrollment courses.
* The Collegiate Skills Program supports scholars and families in choosing a college that is a good fit, supports with the college application process, the financial aid application process, as well as supports for scholars while they are studying at college to ensure college completion. This is our commitment to 100% of our scholars.
*We are building programs and enrichment including a new $2,000,000 gymnasium, a robotics lab, a STEM lab, a culinary arts lab, along with music and art. Additional enrichment offerings will be added as we grow the program. We look forward to offerings in theater, philanthropy, community service, school civics and government, robotics, cooking, the arts, chess, competitive basketball and volleyball, and so much more.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.