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For Immediate Release
Wednesday, December 3, 1997
Contact:Alan Safran

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 LocationSchool Name
Acton-BoxboroughNorth Bridge Classical Charter School
AndoverAndover Classical Charter School
Barnstable (Hyannis)Sturgis Charter School
BostonCharter High School for Media
BostonConservatory Lab Charter School
BostonMarathon Public Charter School
BostonPaige Nguzo Saba Charter School
BostonRoxbury College Preparatory Charter School
BostonSouth Boston Oceanographic Academy Charter School
Fitchburg or LeominsterGeorge H. Richmond MicroSociety Charter School
FoxboroRedwood Regional Montessori Charter School
FoxboroSABIS International Charter School
Great BarringtonHilltop Regional Charter School
LawrenceLawrence Public Charter High School
LawrenceRiverside Academy Charter School
Malden/MelroseMystic Valley Advantage Charter School
MetroWestMatrix Charter School
Newburyport areaRiver Valley Montessori Charter School
PlymouthRising Tide Charter School
ReadingReading Advantaged Charter Middle School
SharonMassapoag Collaborative Charter School
WellesleyInternational Charter School of New England
WinchendonMontachusett Regional Alternative Charter High School
WorcesterWorcester Advantage Regional Charter School
WorcesterWorcester Charter School for Academics Through the Arts

Horace Mann Finalists

School LocationSchool Name
AttleboroGood Speed Charter School
BarnstableBarnstable Grade 5 Horace Mann Charter School
BostonBoston Evening Academy Charter School
BostonFenway Middle College Charter High School
BostonHealth Careers Academy Charter School
BrocktonChampion Charter School of Brockton
FitchburgGlobal Arts & Technology Charter School
NeedhamPartnership Charter School at High Rock
SpringfieldNew Leadership Charter School
WhitmanHolt Charter School for Innovative Teaching and Learning

Last Updated: December 3, 1997
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