Dive In Commonwealth
Free Academic and Extracurricular Enrichment Program for Middle School Students
Rising seventh-graders! Are you hungry for academic challenge, eager for extracurriculars, excited to meet friends and mentors, and ready to grow in ways you never imagined? Learn more about Dive In Commonwealth, our free academic enrichment program for highly motivated students who would not normally have access to such programs for financial or other reasons.
Thank you to all who applied for our summer 2022 cohort! The application for summer 2023 will go live in January. Please reach out to program director Sasha Eskelund with questions in the interim.
Why Dive In Commonwealth?
Welcoming students from Boston and surrounding communities, Dive In Commonwealth offers middle-schoolers new academic, artistic, and extracurricular opportunities they may not have access to otherwise—all in a warm, supportive environment. Our “divers” work hard in their classes, and they have lots of fun, too!
Students leave the program prepared for success in high school and beyond, wherever their paths might go. Dive In students who apply to and are accepted by Commonwealth will receive need-based financial aid to ensure it’s affordable.
Dive In Commonwealth is completely free for students and their families.
Dive In Commonwealth is for students who do not have access to academic and extracurricular enrichment programs for financial or other reasons. Students apply in the spring of seventh grade. They then participate in their first six-week summer session in July and August before starting eighth grade, when they return to Commonwealth on select Saturdays throughout the school year.
Dive In’s core classes focus on reading, writing, and math. Students develop strong vocabulary and grammar skills, improve their reading comprehension, and grow their skills in arithmetic, pre-algebra, and algebra. "Mini-courses" introduce them to computer programming, ceramics, biology, Mandarin, and more. Athletics, field trips, guest speakers, and social events round out the experience.
Dive In students join us at Commonwealth School in Boston's Back Bay—surrounded by the city's many amenities and within easy walking distance of both the Copley and Back Bay MBTA stations. Students also take field trips around Boston.
Sienna, Dive in Graduate 2021
“Being able to form bonds with teachers really helped me. Talking to teachers and the advisor program helped me open up to teachers and understand that I can talk to them and ask for help. I never really had that bond with teachers before, and it allowed me to change something in the way I relate to them. Now when I don’t understand something, I just ask.”
Taina, Dive In Graduate 2020
“Going into seventh grade, I didn't know what to expect, and it was a lot. Math has always been a challenge for me, but going into seventh there were very high expectations, and I really wanted to meet them. Doing the math was tough during the program, but it really helped me out, and it still helps me now. I'm doing better in math now than I ever thought I would.”
Sample Summer Schedule
Dive In Commonwealth lasts fourteen months total. The program includes six-week summer programs after the seventh- and eighth-grade years, as well as Saturday sessions throughout eighth grade. Each summer program day is roughly as long as a typical school day, running from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. You'll find a sample week in our summer program below!
Taina was extremely happy in Dive In. She became more independent, more self-confident, and that continues up to now....With Dive In, you don’t step in and then say goodbye. They check in and see how you’re doing, and we feel like we’re a part of the Commonwealth family and we will always be part of the Commonwealth family.