Edward M. Kennedy Academy receives largest grant in BPS history

A new partnership between the Boston Public Schools and Mass General Brigham will further develop the health career-focused high school.

Mayor Wu speaks to seated students wearing black "EMK" sweatshirts.

Mayor Wu announced the partnership at the Paul S. Russell Museum of Medical History and Innovation at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Photo Credit: Jeremiah Robinson for the Mayor’s Office

The Edward M. Kennedy Academy of Health Careers is getting a financial booster, thanks to a new partnership between Boston Public Schools and Mass General Brigham.

Leaders from Bloomberg Philanthropies at Massachusetts General Hospital have established a $37.8 million grant to further develop the health career-focused public high school. The funding, which is the largest philanthropic investment in the history of the BPS, will allow the academy to double its enrollment to 800 students and develop student career pathways in surgery, medical imaging, and biotech/medical lab science.

While enrolled in the academy, students can also earn 18+ college credits for free via dual enrollment or early college partnerships with two-and four-year higher education partners.

Outside of the classroom, EMK students will be able to secure work-based learning and summer + after-school placements. Then upon graduation, students can opt to pursue a higher education or begin a career within the Mass General Brigham system.

Learn more about the career-oriented public high school’s current offerings.