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Student Handbook


Boston Community Leadership Academy’s mission is to develop the capacity for leadership in all students, empowering them to make positive contributions to our communities.  To fully develop this capacity, we in the BCLA community believe that students must achieve academic excellence and cultivate strong leadership principles.  Our rigorous curriculum, innovative instruction, authentic assessment, extra-curricular activities, and system for social & emotional support help BCLA students develop scholarly attitudes, habits, and skills necessary to succeed in college, to lead fulfilled lives, and to participate in our diverse and complex democracy.


Graduates of BCLA will:


Read for Meaning

Write Effectively for a Variety of Purposes and Audiences

Solve Complex Problems and Think Critically

Utilize Research

Communicate Clearly

Practice Scholarly Attitudes and Behaviors



                Listen and stay informed

           be Empathetic

                 Advocate for a cause

embrace Diversity

School Description

Boston Community Leadership Academy is the first Boston Public High School to convert to a pilot school. BCLA serves an economically and culturally diverse student population in grades 9 to 12. Students are accepted into BCLA by an application and interview procedure. Students who attend BCLA are expected to pursue a post-secondary college path of studies upon their graduation from our school.  Leadership and community service are built into the curriculum.   It is precisely due to the uniqueness of the educational program at Boston Community Leadership Academy that our recognition by U.S. News and World Report Best High Schools for 2018 (silver medal category) and receipt of the first runner-up 2018 Pozen Prize serve as impetus for the development of this improvement plan.  It its brief seventeen-year history, Boston Community Leadership Academy has been awarded such distinctions as The Thomas W. Payzant School on the Move finalist awards in 2006, 2007, and 2008, as well as the award winner recognition in 2009.  Moreover, U.S. News and World Report ranking of Best High Schools in the United States has awarded BCLA its gold, silver, or bronze medal recognitions every year since 2009, an achievement that is paralleled only by the district’s exam schools and only one of the pilot school programs in Boston.