Another Course to College

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Another Course to College
Peter Faneuil School - 403002059 - City of Boston Archives.jpg
Former home of Another Course to College (ACC), 1976 – 1989
612 Metropolitan Av

United States
Established1976 (1976)
School districtBoston Public Schools
SuperintendentTommy Chang
CEEB code220336
NCES School ID250279000698[2]
PrincipalMichele Pellam
Enrollment237 (2015-16)[1]
Campus typeUrban

Another Course to College (ACC) is a Pilot School located in Hyde Park, Boston, Massachusetts, United States.


In 1976 the Peter Faneuil School, located in Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood, changed use and housed a joint transitional studies program of the Boston Public Schools and the University of Massachusetts named Another Course To College, commonly known by the acronym ACC. The program provided two years of traditional and intensive college preparatory work covering a student's junior and senior years, designed to provide students with an option to the curriculum, instructional style and organizational structure present within the regular school program. Admission was based on GPA, IQ based entrance exam, and/or teacher recommendation. Students entered the program through their assigned (home) school's "flexible campus program" and maintained enrollment there, receiving their diploma from the home school upon graduation. ACC students received UMASS I.D. cards, and were official members of the UMASS-Boston student body.[3] Courses taken by the students at UMASS received high school and college credits.[4] After its first year, 86 of 88 seniors who applied for college admission were accepted.[5]

After the ACC/UMASS program funding was cut the building closed and converted into apartments. In its first of many moves, ACC held classes in the basement of Hyde Park High School in Hyde Park, Boston starting in the 1989–1990 school year. The Peter Faneuil School was added to the National Register of Historic Places on December 16, 1994.[6]

ACC was approved as a Boston pilot school in June, 2003. In that year, ACC added 9th grade and transitioned from being an alternative program to a four-year pilot high school. The 2004–2005 school year marked ACC's first year as a full high school enrolling students in grades 9–12.[7]

Headmasters and program directors[edit]

  • John M. Regan (1976–1980)[8]
  • John F. Best (1980–1987)[9]
  • Curtis D. Wells (1987–1990)
  • Marilyn Hurwitz (1990–1995)
  • Marilyn Corsini (1995–2001)
  • Gerald Howland (2001–2007)
  • Rachel Skerritt (2007–2009)[10]
  • Lisa Gilbert-Smith (2009–2015)
  • Michele Pellam (2015 – present)[11]


  • 60 Joy Street, Beacon Hill (1976–1989)
  • 655 Metropolitan Avenue, Hyde Park (1989–1993)
  • 320 Newbury Street, Boston (1993–1998)
  • 989 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston (1998–2004)
  • 20 Warren Street, Brighton (2004–2016)
  • 612 Metropolitan Avenue, Hyde Park (2016–present)


  1. ^ "Another Course To College". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  2. ^ "Search for Public Schools - Another Course To College (250279000698)". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  3. ^ "School profiles : Boston Public Schools". Internet Archive.
  4. ^ "ACC Another Course to College Boston MA". YouTube.
  5. ^ "MASSACHUSETTS NEWS IN BRIEF, School program successful", Boston Globe, May 3, 1977
  6. ^ "Asset Detail". National Park Service.
  7. ^ "BPS: Another Course to College". Another Course to College. Archived from the original on 2018-01-20. Retrieved 2018-01-20.
  8. ^ "The long run hit of St. Kevin's parish", Boston Globe, March 4, 1979
  9. ^ "STUDENTS TRY ANOTHER COURSE TO SUCCESS", Boston Globe, November 15, 1986
  10. ^ "High-flying pilot schools – Study points to range of successes in Boston's experimental program", Boston Globe, November 9, 2007
  11. ^ "NEW SCHOOL LEADER APPOINTMENTS" (PDF). Boston Public Schools.

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Coordinates: 42°15′55″N 71°07′03″W / 42.265228°N 71.117445°W / 42.265228; -71.117445