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Massachusetts Charter Schools

Guidance on FY2017 Significant Expansion

To:Charter School Leaders and Business Managers
From:Joanna C. Laghetto, Coordinator of Data and Finance
Date:June 8, 2016

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If your school qualifies as a new or significantly expanding charter school, a significant expansion report must be submitted through the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's (ESE's) data portal. An explanation, instructions, and a list of schools follow. The ESE has pre-loaded the applicable charter schools into this application. If you believe your school was omitted in error from the list displayed below, please contact Joanna Laghetto (781-338-3221 or jlaghetto@doe.mass.edu ). This data must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22, 2016.

It is important to note that we once again delayed this collection to allow the schools more time to confirm their numbers. If circumstances have changed and your school will not increase its population by the 10% threshold, please let me know and do not fill this report out. Over reporting results in initial lower allocations to other charters and districts as well as an overall less efficient distribution of Title program funds. Please be assured that you will get your commensurate share of funds even if you do not significantly expand.

Explanation for Charter Schools that are New or Significantly Expanding
The Charter School Sig. Expansion application is used by ESE to collect data to plan for entitlement grant allocations for FY2017. Only "new" or "significantly expanding" schools should submit this data. Federal regulations define significant expansion of enrollment as a "substantial increase in the number of students attending a charter school due to a significant event that is unlikely to occur on a regular basis, such as the addition of one or more grades or educational programs in major curriculum areas." Minor increases in enrollment caused by normal turnover are not considered significant expansion. In Massachusetts, the ESE's criteria for determining whether a charter school has experienced a significant expansion of enrollment are:

  1. The charter school's enrollment based on Oct. 1 SIMS is at least 10% greater than the previous year; and
  2. The charter school is expanding for one of the following reasons:
    1. adding one or more grades according to a growth plan;
    2. the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved an amendment to the school's charter to increase enrollment;
    3. a school has secured new space to allow for approved expansion previously restricted by inadequate facilities.

Instructions for the Charter Schools that are New or Significantly Expanding
After entering the ESE's Security Portal, choose the Charter School Significant Expansion application. Using the drop-down boxes provided:

  • Report the total projected number of English Language Learners (ELL) students, by town of residence, who will be enrolled at your charter school in 2016-2017;
  • Report the total projected number of special education students, by town of residence and by age/grade, who will be enrolled at your charter school in 2016-2017. Note that special education students must be reported in two separate grade categories—"age 3 to grade K" and "grades 1 through 12" in order to determine supplemental allocations for the Early Childhood Special Education Allocation grant program.

Please note that students may be reported in more than one category.

Before your final submission, please verify that the projected numbers reported as Total ELL and Total special education in the report's heading matches your records. Once complete, click the "Submit -- Final" button (only the Charter School Leader will see the "Submit -- Final" button.) This data is submitted under penalties of perjury.

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
2016-2017 Charter School Significant Expansion Analysis

District CodeCommonwealth Charter School
409Alma del Mar Charter School
3509Argosy Collegiate Charter School
491Atlantis Charter School
3502Baystate Academy Charter Public School
417Bridge Boston Charter School
428Brooke Charter School Roslindale
3504City on a Hill Charter Public School Dudley Square
3507City on a Hill Charter Public School New Bedford
426Community Day Charter Public School - Gateway
431Community Day Charter Public School - R. Kingman Webster
410Excel Academy Charter School
463KIPP Academy Boston Charter School
429KIPP Academy Lynn Charter School
3503Lowell Collegiate Charter School
469MATCH Charter Public School
444Neighborhood House Charter School
3513New Heights Charter School of Brockton
3501Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School
3508Phoenix Academy Public Charter High School Springfield
494Pioneer Charter School of Science
3506Pioneer Charter School of Science II (PCSS-II)
497Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School
484Roxbury Preparatory Charter School
488South Shore Charter Public School
3510Springfield Preparatory Charter School
District CodeHorace Mann Charter School
3511Bentley Academy Charter School
407Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School
3505UP Academy Charter School of Dorchester
411Boston Green Academy Horace Mann Charter School


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Do you have questions or need assistance? Please contact Joanna Laghetto (781-338-3221 or jlaghetto@doe.mass.edu) or Lee DeLorenzo (781-338-3224 or ldelorenzo@doe.mass.edu) in the Office of Charter Schools and School Redesign. Thank you in advance for your attention to this important matter.



Last Updated: June 8, 2016
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