The Massachusetts Academy of Math & Science at WPI, a STEM high school, recently celebrated its 30th anniversary by launching a new alumni network to foster stronger, more impactful connections between the school’s 1,500 graduates and current and prospective students.
“A few months ago, a graduate from 2019 was visiting, and she shared her conviction that Mass Academy taught her that she’s capable of anything,” said Mass Academy Director Anne Ludes. “We want to capture that spirit and share it for generations to come.”
Mass Academy is a top-ranked public high school that enrolls approximately 100 academically accelerated 11th and 12th grade students from Massachusetts each year; seniors take classes full-time at WPI. Mass Academy grads have gone on to study at prestigious colleges and universities, including WPI, and to careers in fields including education, engineering, medicine, and research. Michael Barney, a former director of the academy who retired last year, has been involved with the alumni effort and noted that a slate of officers has already been named to the Mass Academy Alumni Association, and networking has already begun.
The school’s unique access to WPI talent—including the university’s own alumni association and Division of University Advancement—helped the burgeoning Mass Academy group with ideas.