Acera

Acera, the Massachusetts School of Science, Creativity and Leadership, is a progressive non-profit STEAM school serving high-ability students in grades K through 8th.
At Acera, students learn by ability, not age; in a supportive, energetic environment, enabled by highly motivated, experienced teacher-entrepreneurs. Beyond our day school program, Acera also offers a variety of enrichment and summer program offerings.

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School Overview

School TypeSchool with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE)
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-10
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedTwice Exceptional
Year Founded2010
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students140 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
20%
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade Acera Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers45 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio3:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
75%
Average Class Size16 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 10 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$30,800
% on Financial Aid
20%
Average Financial Aid Grant$12,500
Acceptance Rate
30%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorSandra Zuckerman

School Notes

  • We are a gifted education program, and believe in a multiple intelligences approach to defining giftedness.  We have created this school as an alternative for students whose needs may not be met in their current school environment.  Depending upon the type of student, different assessments and criteria may apply.  Assessments helps us to understand each student`s needs and alignment with Acera`s mission.  We require a WISC-IV or WISC-V to be included with each application. Please include other achievement tests or portfolio information you would like us to take into consideration.

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The average private school tuition in Massachusetts is $13,091 for elementary schools and $32,199 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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