Worcester, Massachusetts, with a population of about 180,000, is the second largest city in New England after Boston. About forty miles west of Boston, Worcester and its factories were a major center of the Industrial Revolution. Once largely ignored, the city has undergone a fitful renaissance, with the opening of many theaters. The city is home to many colleges, including Holy Cross, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Clark, among others. The city also has a number of college-prep independent and parochial schools, which are described below.
Bancroft School, founded in 1900, is the oldest co-educational K-12 school in central Massachusetts. It educates 544 students from over 50 cities and towns on its 30-acre campus. About two-thirds of its faculty have advanced degrees, and the school offers $1.5 million in financial aid each year. In addition, 9 students each year attend the school tuition-free as part of the Worcester City Scholars program. Students in grades K-12 serve the city of Worcester through community service. Its mission statement reads in part, "We provide a comprehensive, caring, and creative curricular and extracurricular program that fosters an experience of excellence for each student. Inspired students, a superior faculty, and engaged families thrive in our diverse, safe, and supportive community. "
Holy Name Central Catholic Junior.Senior High School
The mission of Holy Name Central Catholic Junior.Senior High School is, in the school's words, "to inspire our students to study and apply Gospel values and the moral principles of Jesus Christ to all of our academic, artistic, social and athletic programs." The tuition and fees for 7th and 8th grades is $6,820, and the tuition and fees for 9th through 12th grades is $7,350. The school has a green initiative and is currently building a $1.5 million wind turbine with funds provided by individuals and corporations to provide their own power and reduce electricity use in central Massachusetts.
Mercy Centre is a Catholic charity that provides educational and vocational training to students ages 6-21 with developmental or learning issues. The average class size is 3-6 students.
Notre Dame Academy
Notre Dame Academy was founded by in 1951 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. It educates girls in grades 9-12 with average class sizes of 9 students. Its mission is, in the school's words, "Our philosophy of education at Notre Dame Academy, a college preparatory school for young women, is built on the belief that education should prepare students for their role as Christian women. We wish to provide Notre Dame students with the opportunity to become more aware of what is happening in their lives and to assume responsibility for themselves and their communities."
St. Mary's Junior/Senior High School
St. Mary's Junior/Senior High School is sponsored by Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish. Its mission reads as follows, "As a Catholic community of learners, St. Mary's is dedicated to the formation of the whole person in Christ by fostering the spiritual, intellectual, and emotional maturation of its members." The school has 145 students in grades 7-12.
St. Peter-Marian Junior/Senior High School
The mission of St. Peter-Marian Junior/Senior High School is "to encourage each student to become a responsible, respectful member of the human community in the Roman Catholic tradition as espoused by the shared values of our founding orders, the Sisters of St. Joseph and the Sisters of Mercy: faith formation, academic excellence, and commitment to service." The school offers a college-preparatory program for about 1,000 students in grades 7-12. The school dates back to 1921, when St. Peter's High School was founded.
Worcester Academy was founded in 1834. Its mission reads as follows, "Worcester Academy exists to instill in its students the desire to learn throughout life, to engage passionately with the world around them, and to be honorable persons of strong and resourceful character." The school has a co-ed 6-12 day and boarding program. Its tuition is $29,190 in the Upper School. The school enrolls 642 students, 168 of whom are boarding students. 38% of the students receive financial aid. The school offers a large variety of classes and is renowned for its math education, three math teams, and two Rhodes Scholars. The school has also a 1:1 laptop program. The boarding program has a seven-day option for international students and a 5-day program for students who live nearby. The school offers a post-graduate year.
Yeshiva Achei Tmimim Academy
Yeshiva Achei Tmimim Academy offers a secular and Judaic studies program. It was founded by the Lubavitcher Rebbe. In the school's words, "Yeshiva Academy is founded on the principles of Chabad philosophy."