|For Immediate Release|
|Wednesday, December 3, 1997|
Thirty-Five Charter School Finalists Are Announced
Malden - Massachusetts Education Commissioner Robert V. Antonucci announced today that more than half of the applications for new charter schools have cleared the first stage of review.
Twenty-five Commonwealth charter school applicants and 10 Horace Mann charter school applicants have been selected to submit final applications.
Included in the next round for up to twelve new Commonwealth charters are six proposals from Boston, two each from Foxboro, Lawrence and Worcester, and proposals from Acton Boxborough, Andover, Barnstable, Fitchburg/Leominster, Great Barrington, Malden/Melrose MetroWest, Newburyport area, Plymouth, Reading, Sharon, Wellesley and Winchendon.
Included in the next round for up to thirteen Horace Mann charters are proposals to open new schools in Attleboro, Barnstable, Boston, Brockton, Fitchburg, Needham, Springfield and Whitman.
Forty-eight applications were received for Commonwealth charters, and thirteen others applied for new Horace Mann charters. The applications were evaluated by panels of teachers, school leaders, and representatives from higher education and the Department of Education. Commissioner Antonucci and members of the Board of Education reviewed the proposals, and selected these thirty-five finalists.
The 35 finalists will submit additional application materials by January 5, 1998. The final phase in the review process will include a rigorous peer evaluation, public hearings, evaluation by school district superintendents and interviews. The Board of Education is scheduled to vote on granting charters in February 1998.
Following is a list of the thirty-five finalists:
Commonwealth Charter Finalists
|School Location||School Name|
|Acton-Boxborough||North Bridge Classical Charter School|
|Andover||Andover Classical Charter School|
|Barnstable (Hyannis)||Sturgis Charter School|
|Boston||Charter High School for Media|
|Boston||Conservatory Lab Charter School|
|Boston||Marathon Public Charter School|
|Boston||Paige Nguzo Saba Charter School|
|Boston||Roxbury College Preparatory Charter School|
|Boston||South Boston Oceanographic Academy Charter School|
|Fitchburg or Leominster||George H. Richmond MicroSociety Charter School|
|Foxboro||Redwood Regional Montessori Charter School|
|Foxboro||SABIS International Charter School|
|Great Barrington||Hilltop Regional Charter School|
|Lawrence||Lawrence Public Charter High School|
|Lawrence||Riverside Academy Charter School|
|Malden/Melrose||Mystic Valley Advantage Charter School|
|MetroWest||Matrix Charter School|
|Newburyport area||River Valley Montessori Charter School|
|Plymouth||Rising Tide Charter School|
|Reading||Reading Advantaged Charter Middle School|
|Sharon||Massapoag Collaborative Charter School|
|Wellesley||International Charter School of New England|
|Winchendon||Montachusett Regional Alternative Charter High School|
|Worcester||Worcester Advantage Regional Charter School|
|Worcester||Worcester Charter School for Academics Through the Arts|
Horace Mann Finalists
|School Location||School Name|
|Attleboro||Good Speed Charter School|
|Barnstable||Barnstable Grade 5 Horace Mann Charter School|
|Boston||Boston Evening Academy Charter School|
|Boston||Fenway Middle College Charter High School|
|Boston||Health Careers Academy Charter School|
|Brockton||Champion Charter School of Brockton|
|Fitchburg||Global Arts & Technology Charter School|
|Needham||Partnership Charter School at High Rock|
|Springfield||New Leadership Charter School|
|Whitman||Holt Charter School for Innovative Teaching and Learning|