The Tenacity staff has built strong relationships with students and families and always works to support the students with their goals. These are lifelong lessons that will help all of our middle school students to become successful adults.
Middle School Academy
Offered in partnership with five Boston Public Schools (BPS) sites and supported by Tenacity AmeriCorps Fellows, Tenacity’s Middle School Academy (MSA) is an intensive, three-year program that focuses on improving students’ academic, tennis, and fitness skills, while simultaneously nurturing social/emotional development and engaging families.
The MSA program provides students with 340 hours of enrichment per year, helping them grow academically and socially while improving their fitness.
I love the work that you do with the students. Thank you so much for all your support! Keep doing what you do that makes this such a wonderful program!
I think Tenacity has done a great job with my daughter and truly helped her transition into middle school. The encouragement she received from the team was great.
It has been an amazing three years and I hope every student gets the same opportunities that my son got.
You’re doing a great job! My daughter really enjoys your program and I have noticed a positive effect from it.
I really appreciate the help my son gets and all the work you guys do with him. I appreciate that I’m always in the loop of what is going on with him. Thanks again.
I feel Tenacity has and continues to provide the needed support for my child to meet her goals and be successful.
Personally I think Tenacity is doing an excellent job with my son and I thank them for everything they do, not only with my son, but all the students who are in Tenacity.
My son has been with the Tenacity staff now for three years and I have never met so many people interested in my son’s success!
The amount of dedication provided to students is outstanding!
In my nearly six years as principal of the Jackson Mann K-8 School, likely the most reliable out of school time resource that I can offer to my families is Tenacity. Tenacity staff work closely with our teachers to track student progress and to find ways to support individual students.
Andy TuitePrincipal, Jackson Mann K-8 School
Tenacity’s partnership at the Frederick positively impacts the academic success of students and provides an extended day platform for students to receive academic enrichment and learn to play tennis.
James BrewerFormer Principal, Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School
Tenacity is an important long term partner of the DMC. Students get academic interventions, healthy physical activity, and mentoring. They are exposed to great role models and to experiences they otherwise would never have.
Mike SabinFormer Principal, McCormack Middle School
Even prior to my becoming principal in 2009, Tenacity was a valued partner at Mario Umana Academy not only for the strength of their academics, fitness programs, and family engagement component, but also because of the way they support our students through high school and beyond.
Alexandra Montes McNeilFormer Principal, Mario Umana Academy
Why middle school is a critical time
An increasing body of research suggests that the make-or-break moment predicting high school graduation may actually occur in middle school. Adolescence is a pivotal period of brain development that marks the beginning of a person’s ability to problem solve, think critically, plan, and control impulses.
Studies have pinpointed a series of indicators that can predict how likely a student is to drop out of high school: attendance, behavior and course performance – which are described as the “ABCs.” When a student struggles in just one of these areas as early as sixth grade, there is a 75% chance that he or she will not graduate high school.
What makes Tenacity’s program unique
The whole-child approach of the MSA program focuses not just on the academic and social-emotional aspects of youth development, but also stresses the importance of fitness and health by incorporating athletics and nutrition. Recent studies have shown that students involved in sports based youth development programs are more likely to stay in school, more likely to graduate, and more likely to attend college.
Each component of the MSA program is designed to provide students with the support, skills, and perspectives they need to successfully complete middle school and transition smoothly to a “right-fit” high school. The MSA program not only helps improve student engagement, behavior, effort, and course performance – 95% of our MSA students graduate from high school.
Core Curriculum Areas
- 4:1 student to instructor ratio
- Station-based instruction including emphasis on: Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Journaling, Habits & Homework
- ANET & PARCC preparation
- Two family visits per year
- Empowering families with self-advocacy strategies
- Multiple annual family workshops