Acceleration Academies take place in the vast majority of schools in the district. Together, the Lawrence Public Schools and New Profit selected four of these schools to be the focus of our investigation, recognizing that depth was as important as breadth in understanding what goes on during the February and April vacation weeks. The schools we selected represent different grade levels, demographics, and other characteristics that help paint a portrait of the district as a whole. While there are certain aspects of the Academies that align with a district mandate, each school has its own unique culture that makes it distinctive. We sought to capture highlights of the four schools where we spent the lion’s share of our time.