Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School

Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School is a small K–12 school located at 10 New Bond St., Worcester, Massachusetts in former Heald Machine Company buildings. The school was founded in 1998.

Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School
Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public High School
High School Building
10 New Bond Street

Worcester County

United States
Coordinates42°18′20″N 71°48′6″W / 42.30556°N 71.80167°WCoordinates: 42°18′20″N 71°48′6″W / 42.30556°N 71.80167°W
School typeCharter
Motto"Scientia est Libertas"
("Knowledge is Freedom")
School districtAbby Kelley Foster Charter Public School
SuperintendentBrian Haas
PrincipalChristopher Kursonis(High School)
Amy Puliafico (Middle)
Amy Emma (Elementary)
Age range5–18
Average class size15 to 25 students
Hours in school day7 Hours
CampusElementary School, Middle School, High school, Elementary-Middle Gymnasium, Athletic Field, Sports Field, Playground, Quinsigamond Community College (AKF College)
Campus sizeMedium
School color(s)Maroon & Gold
AthleticsBoys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, Boys Volleyball, Girls Volleyball, Cheer-leading, Cross Country, Baseball, Softball, Field Hockey, Track & Field, Football (In process of incorporation)
NicknameAbby Kelley, AKF


The school's namesake is Abby Kelley Foster, a noted 19th-century leader in abolitionist and women's rights movements who resided in Worcester.

On February 25, 2003, the Board of Education voted unanimously to renew the school's 5-year charter.


Abby Kelley Foster started with Grades K-5 in a factory building. The middle and high school programs came later and are located in adjacent buildings. There are 3 buildings in this campus. The Elementary (K–3), Middle (4–7) and High School (8–12) buildings. They are located next to Kendrick Field which provided them with a great place to have field days, but in the year 2009 they transformed the old building next to it (including a parking lot) into a new playground and 2 athletic fields. They also made a high school. They made another old building into a full court gym for the Elementary and Middle Schools in 2008.

Due to overcrowding, the school leased space at Temple Emanuel for grades 6-8 during the 2002-2003 school year.[2]

High school building

The school board decided to build a new high school. The building was bought from Norton Abrasives and was completely refurbished. During the construction of the school, students were temporarily put an old school building on Ararat Street. The building opened for the 2009-2010 school year and is still currently functional. The building was equipped with an Auditorium, Gymnasium (Named James Walsh Gym after the head of the board of Trustees), Cafeteria and Library. There was also the installation of a Chemistry and Biology Lab plus a lecture Hall. Adjacent to the Auditorium and Gym is a warehouse that the school uses for various storage and projects, such as the school play.(Which is now the 8th grade wing).

More classrooms were built in the High school due to overcrowding during the 2016-2017 school year. They are now opened for the 2017-2018 school year.

Athletic facilities

During the building of the new high school in 2009, the school also turned an old storage building and an old playground into a new playground. The adjacent parking lots were also turned into one small athletic and one large mixed use field. The playground and both fields are covered in Astro-turf. There was also one building located next to the small field that was turned into a full court gym and is used by the Elementary and Middle School.


Abby Kelley Foster focuses on reading, writing, math and music as key subjects for elementary students to be expanded upon in each grade level. The average student teacher ratio is 22:1.[3]

The school also focuses on technology with curriculum beginning early with simple tasks progressing to the high school level with advanced topics on Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop and web design.

High school courses

Algebra, American British Literature, Anatomy and Physiology, Ancient Literature, Art, Visual Arts, Biology, Business Math, Calculus, Chemistry, Creative Writing, Civics, Earth Sciences, Forensics, Fundamental Chemistry, Geometry, Global Issues, Health/P.E., History of Africa, History of Film, Latin, Math Studies, Music, 20th-Century Music, Pre Calculus, Psychology, Spanish, Statistics, Technology, World Literature, U.S. History, World History, Writing Workshop

International Baccalaureate

For the 2010–11 school year the school was authorized to give International Baccalaureate diplomas to students who enroll in these excelled courses. These courses are offered to students of the Junior and Senior classes.

The current courses offered in IB are as follows:

IB Group 1 Subjects
  • English SL
  • English HL
IB Group 2 Subjects
  • Latin SL
  • Latin HL
  • Spanish SL
  • Spanish ab initio (SL)
IB Group 3 Subjects
  • 20th Century History SL
  • 20th Century History & History of the Americas HL
IB Group 4 Subjects
  • Biology HL
  • Environmental Systems and Societies SL
  • Physics SL
IB Group 5 Subjects
  • Mathematics SL
  • Mathematical Studies (SL)
IB Group 6 Subjects
  • Visual Arts SL
  • Music Composing (SL)
  • Music HL
Theory of Knowledge (required for all diploma students)

Test results


As of 2007, Abby Kelley Foster shows mixed results in MCAS testing. Grade 3 tests show that 35% of students were proficient in English Language Arts arts while 17% of students were proficient in math. In 2004, Abbey Kelley Foster students scored 37% in English Language Arts and in 2006 (the year of last available data), scored 32% in math. This compares to state averages of 39% and 40%, respectively.[4]

In grades 4–8, math results remain below the state average. The highest results come in grade 8 with 35% proficiency as compared to the state average of 45%. English Language Arts scores are higher, and in all but one case in grades 4–7 are above the state average. Grade 8 testing shows 82% proficiency. In science testing during grades 5 and 8, scores are 29% and 32% compared to the state averages of 41% and 35%, respectively.[4]

Grade 10 testing shows proficiency well below the state average at 43% for English Language Arts and 60% as compared to 71% and 69%, respectively.[4]


The MCAS STE test, which measures proficiency in biology, chemistry, introductory physics and technology/engineering was measured at Abby Kelley Foster in the 58% in biology and 37% in technology/engineering as compared to the state averages of 42% and 35%.[5] According to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, both ninth and tenth graders take the test, which will become a graduation requirement in 2010.[5][6]

Advanced placement

During the 2006–2007 school year, Abby Kelley Foster participated in the Advanced Placement Program by offering courses in the following areas: Biology, Government & Politics: US and World History. Students who do well on the final test in these subjects may be eligible for college credits.[7]


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  2. ^ McFarlane, Clive. "Charter School Program Moves to Temple Emanuel." Telegram & Gazette: B.4. April 11, 2002.
  3. ^ "Teachers". Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School. GreatSchools Inc. 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-08.
  4. ^ a b c "MCAS Results". Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School. GreatSchools Inc. 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-08.
  5. ^ a b "MCAS STE Results". Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School. GreatSchools Inc. 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-08.
  6. ^ "MCAS STE Results: More Than Two-Thirds Of Tenth Graders Passed". Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System. Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education. 2007-10-15. Archived from the original on 6 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-08.
  7. ^ "Advanced Placement Exams". Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School. GreatSchools Inc. 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-08.

External links

  • "Home". Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School. 2006. Archived from the original on 30 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-08.
  • "Administration". Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School. 2006. Archived from the original on 14 June 2008. Retrieved 8 June 2008.
  • "Elementary School". Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School. 2006. Archived from the original on 14 June 2008. Retrieved 8 June 2008.
  • "Technology". Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School. 2006. Archived from the original on 30 June 2008. Retrieved 8 June 2008.
Abby Kelley

Abby Kelley Foster (January 15, 1811 – January 14, 1887) was an American abolitionist and radical social reformer active from the 1830s to 1870s. She became a fundraiser, lecturer and committee organizer for the influential American Anti-Slavery Society, where she worked closely with William Lloyd Garrison and other radicals. She married fellow abolitionist and lecturer Stephen Symonds Foster, and they both worked for equal rights for women and for slaves/ African Americans.Her former home of Liberty Farm in Worcester, Massachusetts has been designated a National Historic Landmark.

List of high schools in Massachusetts

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Temple Emanuel Sinai (Worcester, Massachusetts)

Temple Emanuel Sinai (Hebrew: עִמָנוּאֵל סִינַי, God is with us Sinai) is a medium-sized Reform (progressive) Jewish synagogue located in Worcester, Massachusetts, New England's second largest city (population 181,045).

A product of the 2013 integration of Worcester's two original Reform congregations (Temple Emanuel and Temple Sinai), the synagogue traces its roots to 1921 and is affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), a network of over 900 progressive congregations representing the largest denomination (38%) of affiliated American Jews.

The congregation worships and studies in a pair of buildings at 661 Salisbury Street, adjacent to the Worcester Jewish Community Center, where Temple Sinai acquired property for its permanent home in 1962. Temple Emanuel's building at 280 May Street was sold to the Worcester State University Foundation in 2013, though the terms of the sale allowed the congregation to use the building for two additional years, until June 2015. Planning to determine a final siting for the synagogue concluded during the fall of 2014, resulting in a plan to expand and renovate the Temple Sinai facility at 661 Salisbury Street (rather than share a campus with Conservative Congregation Beth Israel at Beth Israel's location on Jamesbury Drive).Temple Emanuel Sinai's first rabbi, Matthew Berger, also served as the last rabbi of Temple Emanuel, who hired him in 2009. In February 2014, Rabbi Valerie Cohen, spiritual leader since 2003 at Jackson, Mississippi's Beth Israel Congregation accepted an offer to replace Berger at the end of his contract in June 2014. A near-unanimous vote in favor of ratifying Rabbi Cohen's contract was held during a special congregational meeting at the May Street campus on March 9, 2014.

Worcester, Massachusetts

Worcester ( (listen) WUUS-tər) is a city in, and the county seat of, Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. Named after Worcester, England, as of the 2010 Census the city's population was 181,045, making it the second most populous city in New England after Boston. Worcester is approximately 40 miles (64 km) west of Boston, 50 miles (80 km) east of Springfield and 40 miles (64 km) north of Providence. Due to its location in Central Massachusetts, Worcester is known as the "Heart of the Commonwealth", thus, a heart is the official symbol of the city. However, the heart symbol may also have its provenance in lore that the Valentine's Day card, although not invented in the city, was mass-produced and popularized by Worcester resident Esther Howland.Worcester was considered its own distinct region apart from Boston until the 1970s. Since then, Boston's suburbs have been moving out further westward, especially after the construction of Interstate 495 and Interstate 290. The Worcester region now marks the western periphery of the Boston-Worcester-Providence (MA-RI-NH) U.S. Census Combined Statistical Area (CSA), or Greater Boston. The city features many examples of Victorian-era mill architecture.

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