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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Top Rankings

Acera ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Massachusetts for:


School Overview

Grades Offered
Grades Kindergarten-10
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Twice Exceptional
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
140 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 30%
Students by Grade
Acera Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
45 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
16 students
List of Courses Offered
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 10 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Sandra 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.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Acera cost?

Acera's tuition is approximately $30,800 for private students.

What is the acceptance rate of Acera?

The acceptance rate of Acera is 30%, which is lower than the national average of 71%. Acera's acceptance rate is ranked among the top private schools in Massachusetts with low acceptance rates.

Does Acera offer a summer program?

Yes, Acera offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.

What is Acera's ranking?

Acera ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Massachusetts for: Lowest average acceptance rates.

When is the application deadline for Acera?

The application deadline for Acera is Jan. 10 / rolling (applications are due on Jan. 10 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

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Did You Know?

The average private school tuition in Middlesex County, MA is $28,110 for elementary schools and $43,718 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Middlesex County, MA is 61% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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