Educational Programs and Services

African Presidential Archives & Research Center (APARC)

APARC is an unprecedented and unique effort to study democratization and free market reform in Africa. Through a residency program for former democratically elected African heads of state and access to their papers, and through access to current democratically elected leaders, the Center provides a forum for leaders to share and a venue for others to benefit from their insights and expertise. The Center offers an exceptional opportunity to see the present phase of Africa’s development through the eyes of the architects of that change. The APARC American-African Universities (AAU) Collaborative provides an opportunity for students and faculty from seven American and African schools to engage in transcontinental conversations about African policy issues, particularly those that focus on democracy, free market reform, and globalization. The participating schools include Boston University, the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, the University of Ghana at Legon, Morehouse College in Georgia, North Carolina A&T University, and Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina. The Center also serves as a setting for policy debates and deliberations on democratization and free market reform in Africa. Visit our current website at

Information: 617-353-5452

African Studies Center

The African Studies Center’s Outreach Program disseminates information on Africa and African-related issues to the public and professionals, such as elementary and secondary school teachers, journalists, and museum specialists. Visit our current website at

Information: 617-353-7303.

Afterschool Programs

Volunteers provide homework assistance and recreational activities for students of all ages. Specific sites include Head Start Jamaica Plain, the Smith Leadership Academy Charter School in Dorchester, Tenacity at the Reggie Lewis Center, and Mission SAFE in Roxbury. Visit our current website at

Information: 617-353-4710,

Boston High School Scholarship Program

Every year, Boston University provides approximately 40 full-tuition, four-year scholarships to students who graduate from Boston public high schools. Since its inception in 1973, the Boston High School Scholarship Program has awarded more than $125 million in scholarships to some 1,719 students. The scholars are selected by a three-person committee comprised of representatives from the University, the Boston Public Schools, and the Mayor’s office. BU Undergraduate Admissions hosts an annual informational breakfast for Boston’s guidance counselors. Interested students at the public high schools are encouraged to attend the presentation, which is provided by an admissions representative. Boston University is also committed to rewarding academic achievement and ensuring that a BU education is available to as many qualified students as possible from the Boston Public High Schools. Beginning with the freshmen enrolling in fall 2009, the University will award need-based grants sufficient to meet students’ eligibility for need-based assistance without an expected loan commitment to all admissible students. These awards are also renewable for up to eight semesters (four years) of undergraduate study when the student maintains academic and financial need requirements. Visit our current website at

Information: 617-353-9418

Boston Scholars Academic Orientation & Retention Support

Boston University offers a one-week academic orientation to the Boston High School Scholars in advance of their freshman year. Through a program of interdisciplinary study, which is taught by University faculty, students experience college-level lectures, practice college-level writing, and participate in discussion groups. Retention support for enrolled Scholars is provided through extensive advising services.

Information: 617-226-4618

Boston University Academy

Founded in 1993, Boston University Academy provides an exceptional education for students with genuine intellectual curiosity, strong academic abilities, and a diversity of interests. A day school of 155 students located on the Boston University campus, the Academy offers students in grades 9 through 12 an unparalleled preparation for the college experience by combining intimate classroom settings with the resources of a world-class research university. Small class sizes and close relationships with advisors allow Academy students to master the classically based core curriculum in grades 9 and 10. With the oversight and support of Academy faculty and advisors, juniors and seniors enroll in undergraduate courses each semester at the University, earning a full year of college credit before graduation. All seniors choose an interest and work alongside a University professor on a yearlong independent research project. Visit our current website at

Information: 617-353-9000,

Boston University/Boston Schools Collaborative

This collaborative program provides a variety of services and access to University resources for selected Boston public schools. Services include technical assistance and professional development activities for teachers and school administrators, as well as a variety of higher education awareness and academic support programs for students. Visit our current website at

Information: 617-353-3551,

Center for the Advancement of Ethics & Character (CAEC)

Since its founding in 1989, the CAEC, the first ethics center in the country to focus on the education of teachers, has enabled thousands of educators in rural, urban, and suburban schools to foster excellence of mind and character in their students. An internationally recognized research institute, the CAEC has worked closely with state departments of education, school districts, and numerous educational institutions around the world. For example, since 1998 the CAEC has served as chief advisor and mentor for the South Carolina State Department of Education, conducting academies for hundreds of teachers and administrators from low-income, rural school districts. Current projects include work with the New England Sports Museum; the University of Hiroshima (Japan); and Singapore’s Ministry of Education. The CAEC also holds institutes and symposia, such as the two-day Institute, “The Ethic of Caring” (spring 2007) and “Educating for Justice” (spring 2008). The CAEC publishes a newsletter for educators and others interested in ethics education. Visit our current website at

Information: 617-353-3262,

Boston University/Chelsea Partnership

In June 2008, the partnership under which Boston University administered the Chelsea Public Schools for nearly two decades came to its scheduled conclusion. This unique partnership was an initiative to improve Chelsea’s schools and to offer a model for urban school reform. During the partnership, the Chelsea curriculum was completely rewritten, teachers benefited from comprehensive, in-depth professional development opportunities, basic support services and management procedures were fundamentally improved, and all school buildings were replaced. A cornerstone of the partnership has been an early childhood program serving 400 three- and four-year-olds and the creation of the Silber Early Learning Center. Since 1989, Boston University has raised more than $12 million to supplement the public school budget and provided nearly $16.4 million worth of in-kind and direct support to Chelsea. A number of cooperative initiatives will continue, including scholarships for students and teachers, and research findings from work done in Chelsea will inform urban education reform efforts around the nation for years to come. Visit our current website at

Information: 617-353-3213

Boston University High School Honors Program

Since the 1970s, rising high school seniors enrolled as High School Honors students have earned up to eight Boston University credits by enrolling in two summer courses of their choice. As credit-earning students, they take classes alongside Boston University undergraduates. Students receive guidance when selecting courses to ensure that they receive an introduction to subject areas beyond the offerings of their high school curriculum while also earning credits that are applicable to future college work.

Information: 617-353-1378

Boston University Research Internship in Science & Engineering

Started in 1978, outstanding rising high school seniors from across the country participate in ongoing research in the areas of astronomy, biology, chemistry, engineering, medicine, physics, or psychology under the guidance of a faculty research scientist. Students work on a research project for 30 to 40 hours a week over the six-week period. Research interns experience the culture of a laboratory environment and gain valuable technical and analytical skills. This experience frequently culminates in the submission of research papers to national science fair contests, such as the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology.

Information: 617-353-1378

Boston University Initiative for Literacy Development (BUILD)

This School of Education program, formed in 1997, is a cooperative effort by the Boston University/Boston Public Schools Collaborative, the Student Employment Office, and the Financial Assistance Office at Boston University. With federal Work-Study funds made available by the University in support of the federal America Reads and the local Read Boston programs, 130 literacy tutors provide assistance at seven afterschool programs, six in-school programs, and one community-based program, serving elementary school children in Boston and Chelsea. Visit our current website at

Information: 617-353-3551,

Boston University Science & Mathematics Education Center

In 1990, responding to the need for innovation in science and mathematics education, faculty at Boston University established the Boston University Science & Mathematics Education Center. This Center helps scientists and mathematicians share their expertise with middle and high school teachers and their students. Faculty who initiate curriculum and educational development projects in these areas receive support from the Center, and local teachers, in turn, share their insights with University faculty.

Information: 617-353-7100

Boston University Summer Challenge Program

The Boston University Summer Challenge Program, which began in the summer of 2002, is a two-week, non-credit college preparatory program designed for rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors who want to experience college in a structured and supportive environment. Students in the program get a preview of college life and coursework by taking two non-credit seminars in such topics as business, creative writing, psychology, science, mass communications, and international politics. Sponsored social events are scheduled for evenings and weekends.

Information: 617-353-1378

Cardinal Medeiros Scholars

The Cardinal Medeiros Scholarship Program awards scholarships annually to graduating seniors from Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Boston. The recipients of the four-year, full-tuition awards are nominated by their schools and are chosen for their academic achievement, leadership ability, and contributions to their schools and communities. Scholarships are awarded by a committee of representatives from Boston University Undergraduate Admissions and the Archdiocese of Boston. Since its inception in 1986, the University has offered more than $28 million in scholarships and has admitted 291 scholars.

Information: 617-353-8167,


It has been well documented that elementary and secondary schools often lack the resources and expertise necessary to provide students with hands-on science experiences that have human health applications. CityLab is a regional biotechnology learning laboratory that provides such scientific experiences via its well-received curriculum supplements for middle and high school students and their teachers. Located in an urban medical center, CityLab is the umbrella under which the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) concentrates its extensive pre-college science education efforts. It is a hands-on, inquiry-based biotechnology laboratory program that was established in 1991 and has since served more than 65,000 students. CityLab has two dedicated laboratories at BUSM and, with the introduction of a mobile biotechnology laboratory (MobileLab) in 1998, CityLab now serves approximately 6,000 students per year in grades 7–12. It has evolved as a successful model for both local and national efforts to improve pre-college science education, as evidenced by the long waiting lists to secure a visit to the BUSM CityLab or MobileLab and by the growing number of CityLab satellites and mobile laboratories (presently eight satellite locations and three MobileLabs) that have replicated many facets of this program. The BUSM CityLab has also disseminated its curriculum supplements directly through school visits and teacher workshops and indirectly through the satellites and mobile laboratories to hundreds of teachers who have incorporated the units into their teaching. To date, an estimated 275,000 students have participated in a laboratory experience that utilizes CityLab materials.

Boston University, through its commitment to CityLab, is particularly sensitive to the needs of the local community, striving to enhance student and teacher access to state-of-the-art laboratory space, equipment, and pedagogical resources in molecular biology. Such opportunities for teachers and students are often beyond the means of even the most affluent schools, yet authentic opportunities to actively use the concepts and techniques associated with the burgeoning science of molecular biology is a necessity if students are to reap the benefits of the growing biotechnology and clinical research industries in our region. CityLab, through utilization of both its mobile laboratory and onsite laboratories at the School of Medicine, commits 56 class visits exclusively to Boston Public Schools each year. This amounts to an estimated in-kind contribution of $45,000 per academic year. In addition, CityLab provides $500 scholarships to Boston Public School students who attend the SummerLab Biotechnology Program held each year during the first week in August. Boston University’s CityLab looks forward to maintaining its continued support of teachers and students in Boston Public Schools by providing access to laboratory-based learning experiences in biotechnology, molecular biology, and clinical sciences. Visit our current website at

Information: 617-638-5623

COACH (College Opportunity & Career Help)

This program provides a corps of Boston University students serving as coaches for the college awareness and college application process for students at Charlestown High School and English High School in Boston. From October through May, coaches meet weekly with small teams of juniors and seniors using curriculum materials developed by the Education Resources Institute. The University contributes program costs of approximately $16,000. Visit our current website at

Information: 617-353-3551

Donald D. Durrell Reading & Writing Clinic

The Donald D. Durrell Reading and Writing Clinic at Boston University’s School of Education provides a site for year-round, out-of-school tutoring services on Saturday mornings for elementary, middle, and high school students who are experiencing difficulty in reading and writing. Working under the direction of School of Education faculty, highly qualified literacy specialists assess each student’s strengths and needs, and then plan and implement appropriate research-based interventions. At the end of each 15-week term, literacy specialists prepare a comprehensive report of each student’s progress, and present the report to parents. Visit our current website at

Information: 617-358-0910

Early Learning Center

Serving children between the ages of three and seven, this public preschool program, which operates from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., offers both instruction and afternoon enrichment activities. Boston University provides the instructional staff for the afternoon hours. The Center opened in 1987 with the assistance of faculty from Boston University, Wheelock College, and Simmons College, and with personnel from the Boston Public Schools system. It has become a national model for early education programs. The program has its own facility located in the Baldwin School in Brighton. Visit our current website at

Information: 617-353-3551

Field Placements of Education Students

All students pursuing licensure programs in the School of Education must complete field placements in an appropriate school or community agency. The School has been linked with local public schools since 1918, and has placed thousands of Boston University students in classrooms. Students assist teachers and social service agencies in the Boston area and throughout the world. Visit our current website at

Information: 617-353-3212

Fraunhofer Center for Manufacturing Innovation

The Center is a partnership between Boston University and Fraunhofer Gesellschaft of Germany, the largest nonprofit applied research organization in Europe. More than 12,000 scientists and engineers work at 55 research institutes worldwide to solve problems for government and industry. The Fraunhofer Center for Manufacturing Innovation, located on the Boston University campus, specializes in the development of instruments, high-precision automation systems, and devices for the optoelectronics, semiconductor, and biotechnology/biomedical industries. Together with Boston University’s College of Engineering, the Center works closely with its clients and provides engineering R&D services to local and international companies focusing on instrument development and next-generation automation solutions. Visit our current website at

Information: 617-353-3212

Intergenerational Literacy Project

This program encourages language and literacy development in families who speak languages other than English, in order for parents to better help their children take advantage of educational opportunities. A collaboration between Boston University and Chelsea Public Schools begun in 1989, the project provides literacy education to adults who are recent immigrants learning English. Helping the parents to become better readers and writers helps their children achieve success in school. Approximately 75 families participate in this program each semester, with both the children and the parents attending classes. Visit our current website at

Information: 617-353-2699,

Prison Education Program (PEP)

Since 1972, this program has provided college credit courses leading to degrees for qualified prisoners at Massachusetts state medium- and minimum-security prisons. The University subsidizes tuition, student books and supplies, and faculty salaries. This year, 265 students are enrolled in 29 courses at MCI Norfolk, MCI Framingham, Bay State Correctional Center, and the South Middlesex Correctional Center. Visit our current website at

Information: 617-353-5945.

Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists (PROMYS)

This six-week summer program, conducted by the Boston University Department of Mathematics, is offered for high school students and high school mathematics teachers from all over the United States. Students chosen on the basis of potential and merit attend classes emphasizing active problem-solving, including the formulation, criticism, and modification of conjectures. Teachers earn graduate-level course credit from Boston University and bring techniques learned in this program back into their classrooms.

Information: 617- 353-2563

Reach Out and Read

This nationally recognized program that promotes early literacy was started at Boston Medical Center in 1989 and now has more than 2,700 locations nationwide. The program provides literacy guidance to parents and distributes free books to children. Its primary focus is to institutionalize the well-accepted practice of using books to help elevate a child’s communication skills. The goal of the program is to help parents and caregivers instill a love of reading in their children.

Information: 617-414-4474

Sargent Center for Outdoor Education

This year-round University-owned educational facility in New Hampshire serves a wide constituency under a guiding ethic that aims to foster stewardship for the environment and a sense of community values. Each year, more than 3,500 middle school children participate in environmental education programs. In addition, numerous nonprofit organizations, colleges, and universities participate in adventure-based team-building programs. User groups include social service agencies such as Upward Bound, churches, and other youth-advocacy organizations. “Adventure Camp” provides a stimulating resident camper program for children ages 10 to 16 in July and August. Two days a week, the Center is also a meals site for the Senior Nutrition Program, a low-cost service offered to Monadnock region adults age 60 and older. To reach out to young people locally, Sargent Center exchanges service for adventure with the children from Kids Together—A Place to Go, a nonprofit after-school program serving Peterborough youth in grades four to eight. The Center also provides a Vacation Day Camp and family programs throughout the year for local residents. Visit our current website at

Information: 603-525-3311

Scholarship Assistance

The University annually provides a continuing investment in the educational future of the City of Boston, its young people, and other members of the community. In addition to the Boston Scholars Program, BU offers annual special scholarship programs for Boston City employees, Boston teachers, graduates of nearby Brookline and Chelsea high schools, graduates of local Archdiocesan schools, and children of Boston and Brookline firefighters killed in the line of duty. The cumulative expenditure for all such scholarships since 1980 is more than $128 million. Visit our current website at

Information: 617-353-2328,

School of Education Consortium Council

Since 1977, the School of Education (SED) has sponsored a consortium of seven local public school districts, including a Boston Public School Cluster and a number of human service agencies. These units are represented on the School of Education Consortium Council that also includes faculty members from the School of Education. SED students complete fieldwork in a variety of settings offered by the Consortium. The Council members advise the School of Education faculty on matters of curriculum as well as those related to the SED student placement and practicum experiences. In exchange, Boston University provides the funding for educational projects within the Consortium’s districts and member agencies. Among such projects have been after-school enrichment programs, artist-in-residence series, and participation in a literacy workshop for teachers at the secondary level. Visit our current website at

Information: 617-353-3212,

Science & Mathematics Education Center

In 1990, responding to the need for innovation in science and mathematics education, faculty at Boston University established the Boston University Science & Mathematics Education Center. This Center helps scientists and mathematicians share their expertise with middle and high school teachers and their students. Faculty who initiate curriculum and educational development projects in these areas receive support from the Center, and local teachers, in turn, share their insights with University faculty. Visit our current website at

Information: 617-353-7100

Space Science Information Requests

The Boston University Observatory receives numerous requests from the public and others via the phone, e-mail, and post for information about astronomy and space science research topics and current discoveries, advice about telescopes and optics, educational equipment, and teaching materials. The Boston University Department of Astronomy also hosts Public Open Nights at the Observatory, open to everyone, giving Boston-area residents a chance to observe the night sky through telescopes and binoculars and see things they otherwise might not get to see, and learn some astronomy as well. The Open Nights are held most Wednesday evenings throughout the year, weather permitting.

Information: 617-353-2630 (observatory); 617- 353-5700 (curator)

Space Science School Visits

Faculty, staff, and students at the Boston University Department of Astronomy frequently volunteer to visit area schools and other interested organizations to speak about astronomy and space science. University researchers in these disciplines provide equipment and assist with telescopic observing sessions, etc. These visits may last from an hour to a full day.

Information: 617-353-2630 (observatory); 617-353-5700 (curator)

Step UP

Boston University is part of a five-university collaboration with the City of Boston and the Boston Public Schools. Working with two partner schools—the William M. Trotter Elementary School in Dorchester and the Boston English High School in Jamaica Plain—as well as all ten schools involved in the initiative, the University provides specific programs and initiatives that respond to needs identified by the partner schools. Coordinated services offer academic support for schools, quality extended learning opportunities, health and wellness programs, and opportunities for parent engagement. Visit our current website at

Information: 617-353-3551

Student Studio

Through this project, BU student volunteers bring visual arts education to area schools that lack art programs. Student Studio volunteers design lesson plans around an artist, movement, or technique and develop a fun, hands-on project for the students. Student Studio partners with the Winship Elementary School in Brighton, Mason Elementary in Roxbury, St. Stephen’s School in Boston, and Thomas Gardener Elementary in Allston to provide students with the opportunity to express their creativity and create individual art pieces. In 2008, 88 volunteers completed 2,288 hours of service.

Information: 617-353-4710

Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math/Science

These programs provide academic enrichment and remedial help, on an annual basis, to 125 Boston and Chelsea public high school students through intensive classroom work during the academic year and a six-week residential tutorial and enrichment program in the summer. The University contributes a portion of the housing and meal costs for participants, totaling more than $81,000. Visit our current website at

Information: 617-353-3551,