Codman Academy Charter Public School
Founded in 2001, the Codman Academy Charter Public School was the first charter school to serve the Codman Square/Four Corners neighborhood of Dorchester, one of Boston’s most economically challenged inner-city areas.
Before the school opened, the Huntington Education Department was asked to help develop the humanities curriculum based on the Huntington’s plays. This partnership has evolved over the last ten years and has helped the students achieve success not only in academic skills, but also in personal growth. Codman Academy’s rigorous academic program includes a 43-hour school week that runs from 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday and 9:00am to noon on Saturday. The Huntington-Codman program gives ninth and tenth-grade students the opportunity to develop language and literacy skills by integrating the study of dramatic literature, poetry, writing and presentation skills, along with the opportunity to attend all Huntington productions. All students and alumni also have the opportunity to perform, or assist in the production of, a full-length play in the Summer Theatre Institute.
For the summer, 30 Codman students—and often some alumni—participate in an intensive theatre boot camp. Summer program participants are motivated to learn and explore in a theatre environment. This program leverages their enthusiasm, providing learning exercises and hands-on experience to help students understand and embody Shakespeare’s text. This summer, the students will perform A Midsummer Night's Dream.
During each day of the Institute, participants spend time using creative dramatics to help them better understand the world and words of the play as well as the process of rehearsal. A typical day includes a vocal and physical warm-up, an improvisational activity tied directly to the play, and then specific scene work and blocking. As the performance date nears, participants receive costumes and begin dress rehearsals in advance of the final performances, each of which are attended by about 100 guests.
LEARN MORE: Meg Campbell, Founder and Executive Director of Codman Academy Charter Public School, on Huffington Post