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Worcester, MA
Students enrolled: 1,426
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10 New Bond St
Worcester, MA 01606

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December 18, 2014
I am a student going to Abby Kelley, I've been attending this school since kindergarten, and I am now in the 6th grade. Going to this school is the best decision my parents have ever made for my future. AKFCS has an I.B program, which I am looking forward to joining when I'm old enough, so i can have the possibility of getting into a good college. I have never been so grateful for anyone in my life, but the staff here and AKFCS. They take care of you. They teach you lovingly. And especially, they provide a clean, and healthy environment, to not only learn, but make memories. I have met so many wonderful people here at AKFCS. At Abby Kelley, whether you'r ehvaing trouble academically, or emotionally, people at AKFCS are always there to help. Everyone is treated equally, you're not judged for being "different". And at Abby Kelley, there are many extra-curricular activities you can do. I was on the JV soccer team, player #21, and at the same time i was in the math, and writing club. I recommend Abby Kelley Foster Charter School to everyone!

- submitted by a student
August 17, 2014
I love Abby Kelley. I've been a student since kindergarten and I'm going to the 6th grade. If you have a problem with anything, emotionally to educationally, they will be there. But like everything, their is going to have to be improvements. One of the things that I've noticed is that, we always think about being better than the other schools in Worcester. That's an awesome thing to do but that shouldn't be our mind set. And honestly, I think the school is concerned about that a little too much. Overall, Abby Kelley is a really great school, it even got ranked 43rd of the schools in Massachusetts!

- submitted by a community member
June 18, 2014
Awesome school, they want great achievements for all their students. My daughters and their cousins attend and they are very involved with every aspect of education.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2014
My son got accepted into Abby Kelly in the fall if 2014 he will be in Kindergarden. I have only heard good things about this school. I got the opportunity to attend their open house and I loved it . I also spoke to students as well as parents and they all have had great experiences. My son is very excited and I am as well I will keep you all posted as my son starts school and through out the year.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
Abby Kelly Foster Charter is the best. My daughter goes to K, there and she is doing wonderful ! The teachers and staff are more then helpful.. I give them 4 star

- submitted by a community member
July 30, 2013
Our family appreciates this school for the effort they make to prepare your child to be well rounded, giving a variety of different classes and opportunities to participate in extensive music programs. Also, over the years, when we have had problems, they have been extremely responsive to our needs.

- submitted by a community member
March 06, 2012
In an age where school unions hidder the advancement and quality of education in regular public schools, Abbey Kelly Foster Charter, or any charter school is a wonderful choice. My three sons have gone to Abbey Kelly since Kindergarden and because charter schools can tailor their programs based on the childs needs, all three are advanced for their grade level. Until unions are eliminated from the public school system there really is no other choice if you want a quality education for your children. Having attended a union public school growing up I am relieved that I don't have to subject my children to the same inadequacies i recieved.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2011
For now, it is a young school(13 years) but I am sure that it will grow to become a greater one. It's not easy containing grades K-12 and I think that's something people don't take into consideration. This school might not be a Thomas Jefferson or a Stuyvesant type of school but by seeing the advancements that this school has made in only 12 years, I believe that it's on it's way to becoming a much more dominant school. For this school has made very quick changes.

- submitted by a community member
January 18, 2011
To me, this is a school that is making great progress. I have been to Abby Kelley since grade four; and it has added more extracurricular activities, built a separate high school, and has added the IB program. I am in ninth grade now, and I realize that this school is not amongst the top schools in the country, or the nation; but I also believe that it will get there. My only advice is that this school needs to dismiss students earlier, so that they may have time to focus on school work, get involved with extracurricular activities, and other personal activities. For I know that the dismissal time prohibits some of my progress as a student.

- submitted by a community member
January 18, 2011
I am very sorry about that, I ment I realize that might not be one of the best in the country or state.

- submitted by a community member
June 06, 2010
Over the years the staff have strived to make AKF a better learning facility. All things do not work for all children. The teachers at AKF try to find what works for each child and then lets them learn at their own ability level. I have seen it work well for my children, one of them that has special needs, and those needs have always been met. I have 2 children at AKF and my oldest is going into 5th grade and has gone to this school since he was in Kindergarten. The sports program has since improved with the addition of the ball fields. I only have good things to say regarding this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2010
The school teaches virtues to the children, there are many extracurricular activities for the kids

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2010
this school is every good education wise and ecomonical wise. because it offers a worls class classes(latin) and IB program and all you have to pay is the lunch bill. body ieryts a safe clean envioment and hard working teachers who help prepare you for the real world.

- submitted by a student
March 07, 2010
I see wonderful teachers who are overworked. No 'official' breaks and eating lunch in the classroom with students? Teachers don't complain, but if you're in the school enough, you see what goes on. Get involved! Ask questions. Good school but could be better.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2010
This is an exelant school very disciplined and so forth. Because of the stictness of the administration students have a better learning enviorment

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 05, 2010
i am a juior attendenting this school for 3 years. Even though i saw this school go threw some major changes i still belive it can change for the better a little more. And i also belive that this school should have a more selective way to welcome new students in.

- submitted by a student
no rating January 27, 2010
I am an eleven year AKF parent and I can attest to the fact that each year is a new year at AKF. After taking a few minutes to review previous comments, I realize exactly how much has changed here. The teachers are awesome and have grown with the students. They are the perfect example of teamwork! When there is an accomplishment by one or the other, they all celebrate. I have made comparisons with other schools and districts lately and I will honestly say that AKF works for me and my daughter. Of course, not everyone is the same so, it's just a matter of choice. And, that is each person's perrogative.

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2009
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May 05, 2009
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- submitted by a student
February 05, 2009
I have 2 sons who attend AKF. One in first grade, the other in fourth, and they've been there since kindergarten. They went to a different public school for preschool, which is closer to my house, and after seeing the way the K-3 teachers behaved there, I knew I wasn't letting my children stay, everyone was constantly yelling and screaming, and half the time it wasn't even in english! Instead, I walked into AKF unannounced one day and asked for a tour. I fell in love! There was profesionalism amoungst the teachers, everyone was upbeat and excited to show me the school, the kids were VERY well behaved, and when I looked into a 2nd grade classroom, the kids actually looked interested in what the teacher was talking about! The only drawback I can comment on is the lack of afterschool, and extra curicular activities, especially sports. Wish there was more!

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2009
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December 15, 2008
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October 08, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2008
I like abby kelley alot . even though it its very challenging and kinda strict but other than that its a great school that has helped me alot with my education . unlike other public school thers no bullying which is the best part . we all except each other for who we are and were all just like a happy family . when i wake up to go to school i become so happy that am going to school because i just know am going to have a great day at school .

- submitted by a student
August 21, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2008
This school is not as bad as people say it is. It is very strict and the staff are realy trying to do there best to give us the education we need for the future. Ive learned to strive for excellence thanks akf i will be leaving in 011

- submitted by a student
June 10, 2008
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- submitted by a student
April 28, 2008
i dont like this school it is not strict about the education or behavior it mostly cares about ''being better'' than all the other schools in worcester

- submitted by a student
April 10, 2008
I love this school it is awesome and the teacher really care about us.

- submitted by a student
no rating April 05, 2008
Great school. My daughter has been at AKFCS just 2 months. I love it compared to the parochial school she attended where focus was more on fundraising throughout the year. She is in grade K. Upon joining the school I realised she was behind in many K skills such as telling time, counting money, writing simple sentences. She now has to do a book report every month, has music and mythology. My experience in the short time is just great.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2008
AKFCS is the best school in worcester. My children have received an excellent education. The teaching staff is wonderful. I recommend it to everyone I meet.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2008
excellent school ,great academics, excellent education greatly interested thank you

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2008
abby kelly is a great school it is very challenging but a great school

- submitted by a student
no rating January 03, 2008
I think that the overall staff at AKFCS are very kind and caring considerate people. You can tell that the staff really love what they do! How many schools in Worcester or my home town of Auburn, MA greet the children at arrival time (getting off the buses)? None that I know of. I love this school!

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2007
Great school with great teachers!

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2007
I've been at this school for nine years and it is excellent. I was taught how to read along with my peers in Kindergarten. They teach one-on-one if needed and do not hold the entire class back if a student has trouble. Also, as a liberal arts school, it has an excellent music department. This year, the second class to graduate did and all the students were accepted to a college and many we given scholarships. Abby Kelley is an absolutely wonderful school and I have been happy there for nine years. Many of my friends have been there the same length and they have enjoyed it too. We all are happy to get out of school but everyone admits that after a week they all want to be back in school with friends and teachers to learn.

- submitted by a student
June 10, 2007
My child transfered into a regular public school and was far behind those students. At AKF she was in the highest ability group but in the public school struggled in both writing and math. I do not think AKF lives up to its promises.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2007
If the Abby Kelley Foster Public Charter School did not exist my husband and I would have had to have moved out of Worcester. The environment promotes excellence and learning. the teachers are committed to providing the best education and if they are not they can be fired. The children have a full music program with band and chorus opportunities for children as young as the third grade. They have a full art program and have many opportunities for children to play competitive team sports. The school has a character education curriculum which makes a huge difference in the behavior of the students.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2007
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- submitted by a student
November 03, 2006
If your child has special needs this is not the school for your child.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2004
I have had my children at Abby Kelley since the day it opened. Great school! My children are involved in our home town sports program, and you can always tell the Abby Kelley students. They are taught to respect themselves and others. They are taught proper behavior in every situation. The children are abilty grouped which provides an ideal education for every student in the classroom. Most groups have between 15 and 20 children.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2004
Abby Kelley Foster offers students a classical liberal arts public education. The character education program emphasizes a commitment to family and community.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2004
This school presents as a classic education however teachers receive limited support and have 25-26 children in classrooms. The behavior modification 'color system' works well in K-3 but not after.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
the teachers at this school are awesome, but the school counselors have no clue what they're doing.

- submitted by a parent
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Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School
10 New Bond St, Worcester, MA  01606
(508) 854-8400
Last modified Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School is a Charter school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 44 reviews. Top