The Day Begins
You have to wake up bright and early because the school days start at 7:30 a.m. Many students are awake at 6:00 a.m. or even earlier to catch the shuttle school buses or hop on the T.
On arriving at CHS all students go through the metal detectors. This is part of our school's safety plan to make sure that our school is a safe, positive learning environment.
Then students have breakfast in the cafeteria, check-in with their friends, and head upstairs.
Classes Every Day
Students have 7 classes every day. Every class is 47 minutes long, with 3 minutes of passing time. The bell for homeroom rings at 7:30 a.m. sharp.
Classes are graded on A through F scale. Class grades are combined and used to calculate students' GPAs. It's important that students excel in all their classes to make sure they have strong GPAs when they apply to colleges.
In high school, everything counts. When you apply to colleges or to other programs after high school, people will look at your entire transcript. They will see how you did in all your classes, including those you took in 9th grade!
Make sure you're regularly checking in with your teachers and with your Small Learning Community leader to see how you're doing. Also, use Aspen or Jupiter Grades to make sure all your assignments are turned in and taken care of.
Charlestown High School is a large building. There are almost 1,000 students in our building. We've got 5 floors, a Health Center, an Auditorium, and an Athletic Center with a weight room, gym, and pool. The First Floor is the hub of a lot of building activity.
On the First Floor, there's the Main Office, the Health Center, Registrar's Office, Cafeteria, Auditorium, and The Zone.
The Main Office is where the Headmaster and Assistant Headmaster have their offices. It's where students go if they're making announcements, getting picked up by a parent, or need to get an MBTA pass.
Adjacent to the Main Office is the Health Center. This is where the nurse is. Our school social worker Jenna P. also has her office here. If a student is feeling sick or if they need to talk to Jenna, this is where they come to.
A few steps further down is the Registrar's Office. Ms. Balkus, our Director of Student Admissions and Data Analysis, works here. If students need transcripts for job, internships, or college applications, they come to the Registrar's Office. Students can also check-on their attendance and find out their GPAs here.
The Cafeteria is on the First Floor too. Breakfast is served from 7:00 to 7:30 a.m. and lunch is served three different times throughout the day. Lunch is 20 minutes long for both students and staff.
There's also the Auditorium, where student assemblies are held, and the Zone, our space for scholar athletes.
Small Learning Communities Model
CHS is organized into Small Learning Communities (abbreviated as SLCs). Each SLC is designed to meet the learning needs of a specific population of students. There are 7 SLCs in total.
- On the Second Floor, there is the Chinese Sheltered English Instruction (SEI) SLC.
- On the Third Floor, there is the Spanish Sheltered English Instruction (SEI) SLC and Diploma Plus.
- On the Fourth Floor, there is the Upper School, for all general education 11th and 12th grade students.
- On the Fifth Floor, there is the Lower School, where both SLCs for 9th and 10th grade are.