BOSTON- Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury) and Representative Paul K. Frost (R-Auburn) announced that Auburn High School has been awarded a grant for their 21st Century Skills Academy.  The program has been designed to ease the transition from middle school to high school.  It will also prepare the students for success as upperclassmen and post-graduates by developing key academic, social, and intrapersonal skills through a rigorous curriculum.  This academy will open at the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year. 

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State Sen. Michael Moore

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State Rep. Paul Frost

Innovation schools are in-district public schools with some of the autonomies and flexibilities typically associated with charter schools.  Auburn High School’s 21st Century Skills Academy has been awarded $10,000 as part of the General Appropriations Act, which the Governor signs to provide for funding for the fiscal year 2014.

“Transitioning from middle school to high school is a significant change for our students, not only academically, but also socially and emotionally to name a few. The 21st Century Skills Academy grant gives Auburn middle schoolers an opportunity to polish their skills and prepare them to meet the challenges that lie ahead. This grant will allow the Town of Auburn to continue to maintain this innovative program,” stated Senator Moore.

Representative Frost said, “Having a middle school student headed for Auburn High School next year I can say I am very glad the Auburn Public School System is being active in providing more and more educational tools and opportunities for success for our students. The more we can help our students prepare for their immediate and long-term challenges, and the more comfortable they feel in a new environment, the better learners they will be.”

To learn more about Auburn High School’s 21st Century Skills Academy, visit http://ahs.auburn.k12.ma.us/?SID&t.