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Charter Schools - Charters Renewed for Boston Collegiate Charter School, Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers Horace Mann Charter School, Four Rivers Charter Public School, and Foxborough Regional Charter School

To:
Members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
From:
Jeff Wulfson, Acting Commissioner
Date:
January 12, 2018

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At its meeting in February 2013, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (Board) voted to authorize the Commissioner to act on its behalf in "(a) granting charter renewals that do not involve probation; (b) approving charter amendments that do not involve changes in grade span, maximum enrollment, or districts served; and (c) removing or continuing conditions imposed on charters of charter schools; provided that the Commissioner shall report to the Board on all charter renewals, charter amendments, and conditions that have been so approved; and provided further, that the Commissioner shall notify the Board in advance of all such intended actions, and a Board member may request that the Commissioner place the charter matter(s) on the agenda of the Board for discussion and action."

On December 7, 2017, I notified the Board that I intended to renew the charters of four schools. These schools were Boston Collegiate Charter School (BCCS), Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers Horace Mann Charter School (EMK), Four Rivers Charter Public School (FRCPS), and Foxborough Regional Charter School (FRCS). No Board member requested that any of these matters be brought to the full Board for review. I am now notifying the Board that I have renewed the charters of these four schools.

Summary information regarding the four schools for which I renewed charters is provided in this memorandum. Each charter is renewed for the period of July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2023. The charter of each school is renewed for the maximum enrollment, grades served, and district(s) served, as follows. All of the schools shall operate in accordance with the provisions of G.L. c. 71, § 89; 603 CMR 1.00; and all other applicable state and federal laws and regulations and such additional conditions as the Commissioner or the Board may establish, all of which shall be deemed conditions of the charter.

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Charter School Performance Criteria - Ratings and Recommendation Summary

Boston Collegiate Charter School

 
Type of Charter
(Commonwealth or Horace Mann)
CommonwealthLocationBoston
Regional or Non-RegionalNon-RegionalDistricts in Region
(if applicable)
N/A
Year Opened1998Year(s) Renewed
(if applicable)
2003, 2008, 2013, 2018
Maximum Enrollment700Current Enrollment6801
Chartered Grade Span5-12Current Grade Span5-12
Students on Waitlist1,7972Current Age of School20 years
Mission Statement
The mission of the Boston Collegiate Charter School is to prepare each student for college.

Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers Horace Mann Charter School

 
Type of Charter
(Commonwealth or Horace Mann)
Horace MannLocationBoston
Regional or Non-RegionalNon-RegionalDistricts in Region
(if applicable)
N/A
Year Opened1998Year(s) Renewed
(if applicable)
2003, 2008, 2013, 2018
Maximum Enrollment448Current Enrollment3593
Chartered Grade Span9-12Current Grade Span9-12
Students on Waitlist4914Current Age of School20 years
Mission Statement
Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers (EMK) is a college preparatory and vocational high school for Boston students exploring careers in health and health-related professions. The Academy provides a supportive learning environment that promotes respect and embraces diversity. Students will attain the life skills needed to become productive and positive members of society.

Four Rivers Charter Public School

 
Type of Charter
(Commonwealth or Horace Mann)
CommonwealthLocationGreenfield
Regional or Non-RegionalRegionalDistricts in Region
(if applicable)
Frontier, Gill-Montague, Greenfield, Mohawk Trail, Pioneer Valley, Ralph C. Mahar Regional
Year Opened2003Year(s) Renewed
(if applicable)
2008, 2013, 2018
Maximum Enrollment220Current Enrollment2205
Chartered Grade Span7-12Current Grade Span7-12
Students on Waitlist906Current Age of School15 years
Mission Statement
Four Rivers Charter Public School is dedicated to educating young people for lives of learning and service. The school offers a rigorous academic program aligned with the Massachusetts curriculum frameworks and an emphasis on character development for moral and social responsibility. Three central themes -- nature, technology and community -- guide teaching and learning at the school, engaging students and teachers in a fundamental question of our times: how do we find the healthy, sustainable interrelationship of the natural world, technology in its many forms, and the human community? The school works closely with parents and seeks both to serve and to learn from the many resources of Franklin County.

Foxborough Regional Charter School

 
Type of Charter
(Commonwealth or Horace Mann)
CommonwealthLocationFoxborough
Regional or Non-RegionalRegionalDistricts in Region
(if applicable)
Attleboro, Avon, Brockton, Canton, Easton, Foxborough, Mansfield, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, North Attleboro, Norton, Norwood, Plainville, Sharon, Stoughton, Walpole, West Bridgewater, Wrentham
Year Opened1998Year(s) Renewed
(if applicable)
2003, 2008, 2013, 2018
Maximum Enrollment1700Current Enrollment1,2617
Chartered Grade SpanK-12Current Grade SpanK-12
Students on Waitlist2,1048Current Age of School20 years
Mission Statement
The Foxborough Regional Charter School will provide students a challenging academic program to prepare them for college by stressing achievement, discipline, hard work, and accountability. We will continually challenge all of our students, regardless of ability, so that we will lead the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in all statewide standards and assessments.

The Foxborough Regional Charter School will promote positive ethical, moral, and civic values and will prepare students to serve their community as leaders and good citizens. We will present students with projects and issues requiring critical thinking, problem solving, decision making, and real-life applications of their academic studies through our Student Life and Community Service Learning programs which are integral components of the overall educational experience at Foxborough Regional Charter School.

The Foxborough Regional Charter School will commit itself to providing a supportive, professional, and challenging environment for its teachers and staff which recognizes the value of professional development, creativity, and initiative. We will constantly seek new ways to allow our teachers and staff to perform to the best of their potential in a collegial atmosphere which recognizes unique talents and the commitment to excel.

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If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Alison Bagg, Director (781-338-3218); Cliff Chuang, Senior Associate Commissioner, (781-338-3222); or me.

 

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Last Updated: January 19, 2018
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