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The High School Program

The high school program at the MVPCS is designed to prepare students for college attendance through a rigorous academic program.  Students who thrive in this academic setting are self-motivated and intellectually curious.  They are successful working independently and enjoy collaborating with both peers and adults.
Learning Environment

Students pursue their studies in a variety of settings during their high school years:

  • Students work in classroom settings to study a broad range of curriculum outlined in the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, where the student to teacher ratio is never greater than 15:1.
  • Students pursue intensive and largely self-directed studies for two-week “project periods,” two times a  year.
  • Students work with community mentors on a weekly basis.
  • Students create at least one portfolio per year of High School that is evaluated by a panel of experts.  Portfolios are large bodies of work representing deep and broad learning. The work is constructed from class study and independent research. It is evaluated by a team of experts in the field of learning and contains self-evaluations and criteria general to all portfolios, as well as criteria specific to each particular work.
  • Students participate in Community Service projects each year of High School.

Graduation and College Acceptance

The first graduating class of the Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School shared its commencement with families and community in June 2001.  The school has awarded diplomas to 40 students.

Graduates have continued their studies at colleges and universities including Bard College, Bates College, Bennington College, Boston University’s Professor’s Program, Cape Cod Community College, Columbia College, Dalhousie University, Dean College, Hampshire College, Marlboro College, Marymount Manhattan College Honors Program, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Morehouse College, Salem State College, San Francisco State University, Sarah Lawrence College, Smith College, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Vermont and Wheaton College

Our Staff

Calder Martin 

Deborah Cutrer

Emily Cavanagh

Jane Paquet
Jonah Maidoff

Louis Hall

Mathea Morais

Meredith Dillon

Sarah Smith

Scott Goldin
Victoria Dryfoos

Wendy Gray