Community Partnerships

Over 25,000 students attend schools based on geographic boundaries, or several citywide magnet programs, and through in-district choice programs. Students attend schools that are arranged geographically into four district quadrants: Burncoat, Doherty, North and South.

Worcester map divided by quadrant

33 Elementary Schools: 5 citywide magnets, 20 grade PreK-6, 2 full day PreK program

4 Middle Schools: 1 with grade 6-8 option

5 High Schools: 4 comprehensive, 2 grade 7-12, 1 technical high school

Corresponding (Equivalent) Pathways: Adult Learning Center, Challenge & Reach Academies, Gerald Creamer Center & Gerald Creamer Evening, St. Casmir, 3 New Citizen Centers (elementary, intermediate, young adult)

Worcester Public Schools receives a vast web of support from the community. Long standing partnerships have enriched learning for students by supplementing resources and expanding opportunities.

School choice programs

  • Hanover Insurance Fine Arts program
  • Goddard Scholars
  • UMass Medical School Allied Health
  • Tufts University veterinary
  • Engineering and Technology Academy
  • Innovation Pathway Program
  • Dual Language, Seal of Biliteracy
  • Early College High School

Business Partnerships

In 2016, under the vision of Superintendent Binienda and local business support from: Unum, Hanover Insurance, Umass Medical School, and Fallon Health; a Community Business Partnership was formed. Using the quadrant profiles anchor partners were established, each business focusing support in the following areas:

Burncoat: Fine Arts (visual and preforming arts) Hanover Insurance

Doherty: STEM (science, technology, engineering, marketing) Fallon Health

South: Civic engagement (culture and expression) Unum

North: Allied Health (health promotion, rehabilitative, diagnostic) UMass Medical School

Our mission in the Worcester Public Schools is to provide all students the opportunity to advance their scholarship with a rigorous core curriculum and high quality instruction. This enables students to discover the expanse of their academic talents, shape the quality of their character, and develop the confidence to become conscientious, reflective citizens who are empowered to better our community and our world.

Crafting longstanding local partnership establishes consistency, promotes growth, and develops regenerative community-rich resources. Worcester Public Schools alumni expand far across the globe. They become leaders, tradesmen, educators, artists and musicians. They come back and volunteer.

Continuing the path to a resource rich district takes the entire village. The Community Business Partnership encompasses sustainable investments through: capital, experience, and humanpower. 

Capital Investment:

  • Professional Development: WPS employs over 4,479 people, the City’s second largest employer
  • Classroom resources: mini teacher grants
  • Mentorship: afterschool STEAM programs, Model UN groups, preforming arts, trade and craftsmanship

Volunteering:

  • Classroom reader for a day
  • Elementary school Career Day speaker
  • Secondary school College & Career Fair support

Sponsorship:

  • Food pantry or community garden; recurring with volunteer opps
  • Andy’s Attic Outpost: Clothing; recurring with volunteer opps
  • Internship supplies for technical pathways: Ch 74 & IPP
  • Know Your School Night cleanup

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