McKenzie-Smith Bennett Public School in Acton has formed a partnership with nearby Acton High School to help students stay engaged when enrolled in secondary school through a collaborative effort called ACCESS (Advanced Credits Connecting Elementary and Secondary School). At the same time, elementary students are also earning high school credits, providing what educators hope is even more of an opportunity for students to succeed.

The ACCESS program is a unique initiative designed to give Grade 8 students access to the high school environment. Students spend part of their school day at AHS, where they participate in credit-bearing courses taught by secondary school staff. Students have the opportunity to earn high school credits, develop relationships with high school staff, and become familiar with the high school environment in order to prepare them for a successful transition into Grade 9. This program started in Acton in 2009.

Through the "Exploring Technology" and "Intro. to Technology" courses, students have engaged in activities including: Rocket building, robotic competitions, stop motion movie making, longboard building, outdoor exploration, frame making, bird box building, and more!

Last Updated: January 12, 2016