Dive In Commonwealth

Dive In Commonwealth is a tuition-free academic enrichment program for promising, highly motivated middle school students from underserved backgrounds in Boston and its surrounding communities. This year's summer program will be July 6 - August 14. We are currently accepting applications for this summer 2020.







SUMMER SESSION - July 6 to August 14

We welcome interested students and families to learn more about the program.

Commonwealth School
151 Commonwealth Avenue

Boston, MA 02116


Mission and Program

Our Mission

Dive In Commonwealth will prepare middle school students of exceptional promise for success at Commonwealth, a rigorous independent high school in the heart of Boston.

Consonant with the school’s founding philosophy, Dive In Commonwealth will fully reflect, serve, and engage with its surrounding community. Students who entered in Summer 2019 that demonstrate readiness for and interest in entering Commonwealth at the end of the program will join the school’s ninth grade class in September 2020. Upon completion of four years of high school, these students will be prepared to thrive in highly competitive colleges and universities. Need-based financial aid will ensure the affordability of a Commonwealth education to Dive In Commonwealth participants.

Our Program

Up to eight rising eighth-graders will be admitted to Dive In Commonwealth. These students will attend six-week summer programs after their seventh- and eighth-grade years, as well as Saturday sessions throughout eighth grade.

Each day will be modeled after Commonwealth’s academic program and will include classes focused on reading, writing, and mathematics. Humanities courses will help students to develop strong vocabulary and grammar skills, as well as improved reading comprehension across all disciplines. In math courses, students will develop facility in arithmetic and will receive instruction in pre-algebra and algebra. Students will be introduced to computer programming, fundamentals of science, and history. They will also participate in a range of arts activities and take field trips around Boston.

Daily Schedule

Each day, students will attend

classes and supervised study halls, where tutorial support will be provided. Students will also enjoy lunch, recreational activities, and field trips around the city.

The first summer program

will run from Monday – Friday

8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. from

July 6 to August 14, 2019.

The 2019-2020 school year program will run Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Our Teachers

Application Process

How to Apply


Letters of Recommendation.

❏ Each applicant must submit three letters of recommendation. Please print out recommendation forms to give to your recommenders.

❏ One Humanities recommendation

This recommendation may be from an english, social studies, or history teacher.

❏ One STEM recommendation

This recommendation may be from a science or mathematics teacher.

❏ One Personal recommendation

This recommendation may be from someone (not a parent or guardian) who knows you well as a person and can write about your character.

Writing Sample.

❏ Include a graded writing sample with application, no more than 500 words.

Academic Transcript.

❏ Include most recent, up-to-date academic transcript release form.

Please print out the Transcript Release Form to give to your school principal or guidance counselor.

Standardized Test Scores.

❏ Submit at least one standardized test score. (MCAS, ISEE, ERB, or other)

Print, complete, and mail the entire application to:

Commonwealth School
ATTN: Dive In Commonwealth
151 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Once we receive your application, we will get in touch to schedule an interview.


●Applications accepted on rolling basis starting January 15, 2019.

●Interviews will begin March 25, 2019.

●Decisions will be made May 15, 2019.

●Students must respond with their decision to accept or reject offer by May 31, 2019.

●Alternates notified by June 3, 2019 and have until June 7, 2019 to make their decision.

●Orientation for accepted students begins June 21, 2019.

●Program runs from July 1, 2019 through August 9, 2019.

For More Information

For more information, please download a brochure and contact:

Dive In Commonwealth

Commonwealth School

151 Commonwealth Avenue

Boston, MA 02116

617-266-7525 x238