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Massachusetts Charter Schools

Charter Amendment Requests Pending BESE Action (Grades or Maximum Enrollment or Change to Charter Region)

Pursuant to the Charter School Regulations, 603 CMR 1.10(1), the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (Board) must approve certain changes in the material terms of a school's charter. This year, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (Department) received requests from 14 existing charter schools that involve changes to the grades served, the maximum enrollment allowed, and/or the charter region.1 If you wish to request a copy of any of the submitted amendment requests or if you have any questions, please contact charterschools@doe.mass.edu.

Section 1.10 of 603 CMR contains several criteria that the Commissioner and the Board may consider in reaching a determination regarding a school's request to amend its charter. First, "the Commissioner and the Board may consider a charter school's compliance with applicable state, federal, and local law." Second, the Commissioner and the Board may consider the evidence regarding the success of the school's academic program, the viability of the school as an organization, and the faithfulness of the school to the terms of its charter. Third, if seeking an increase in maximum enrollment, the board of trustees in some districts must qualify as a "proven provider" based on the existing school and meet the performance criteria described in 603 CMR 1.04(4). Fourth, schools must address additional criteria as outlined in the Department's guidelines on amendments.

We currently anticipate that these matters may be brought to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education for consideration no earlier than its October 25, 2016 meeting and no later than its March 28, 2017 meeting. Please check Board Meeting Schedule and Agendas webpage for updates.

Comment is solicited from the superintendents in the school districts within each charter school's current/proposed district or region for Commissioner and Board consideration. Members of the public may submit written comments regarding a school's amendment request for Commissioner and Board consideration to: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, c/o Office of Charter Schools and School Redesign, 75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148 or by email to charterschools@doe.mass.edu. The deadlines for public comment vary by school request, please see below for additional information. Each deadline is guided by the Board's anticipated schedule to consider various charter school matters, including proposed charter amendments.

Commissioner and Board ActionName of SchoolCurrent Charter Region/DistrictCurrent Grade SpanCurrent Max EnrollAmendment Request
Under Review —
No Action Taken
Alma del Mar Charter SchoolNew BedfordK–8360Increase maximum enrollment by 90 seats
GrantedBoston Collegiate Charter SchoolBoston5–12665Increase maximum enrollment by 35 seats
GrantedBoston Preparatory Charter Public SchoolBoston6–12400Increase maximum enrollment by 300 seats
No RecommendationBridge Boston Charter SchoolBostonK1–8335Increase maximum enrollment by 65 seats
No RecommendationCity on a Hill Charter Public School Circuit StreetBoston9–12280Increase maximum enrollment by 5 seats
No RecommendationCity on a Hill Charter Public School Dudley SquareBoston9–12280Increase maximum enrollment by 5 seats
Under Review —
No Action Taken
Community Charter School of Cambridge2Cambridge6–12360Increase maximum enrollment by 60 seats
GrantedFoxborough Regional Charter SchoolAttleboro, Avon, Brockton, Canton, Easton, Foxborough, Mansfield, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, North Attleboro, Norton, Norwood, Plainville, Sharon, Stoughton, Walpole, West Bridgewater, and Wrentham.K–121,300Increase maximum enrollment by 400 seats
GrantedFrancis W. Parker Charter Essential SchoolActon-Boxborough, Ashburnham-Westminster, Athol-Royalston, Ayer-Shirley, Bedford, Berlin-Boylston, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Clinton, Concord, Concord-Carlisle, Fitchburg, Gardner, Grafton, Groton-Dunstable, Harvard, Hudson, Leominster, Lincoln, Lincoln-Sudbury, Littleton, Lowell, Lunenburg, Marlborough, Maynard, Narragansett, Nashoba, Newton, Northboro - Southboro, North Middlesex, Orange, Oxford, Quabbin, Ralph C. Mahar, Shrewsbury, Sudbury, Tyngsborough, Wachusett, Wayland, Westborough, Westford, Weston, Winchendon, and Worcester7–12400Add West Boylston to charter region
No RecommendationHelen Y. Davis Leadership Academy Charter SchoolBoston6–8216Increase maximum enrollment by 275; Add grades 5 and 9–12
No RecommendationKIPP Academy Boston Public Charter SchoolBostonK–8588Increase maximum enrollment by 225 seats
Under Review —
No Action Taken
Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter SchoolAgawam, Amherst, Amherst-Pelham, Belchertown, Chesterfield-Goshen, Chicopee, Conway, Deerfield, East Longmeadow, Easthampton, Frontier, Gill-Montague, Granby, Granville, Greenfield, Hadley, Hampden-Wilbraham, Hampshire, Hatfield, Hawlemont, Holyoke, Leverett, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Mohawk Trail, Northampton, Pelham, Pioneer Valley, Shutesbury, South Hadley, Southampton, Springfield, Sunderland, West Springfield, Westfield, Westhampton, Whately, Williamsburg, Southwick-TollandK–12584Increase maximum enrollment by 452 seats
GrantedSturgis Charter Public SchoolBarnstable, Bourne, Carver, Dennis-Yarmouth, Falmouth, Mashpee, Monomoy, Nauset, Plymouth, Provincetown, Sandwich, Wareham9–12800Increase maximum enrollment by 50 seats
Under Review —
No Action Taken
UP Academy Charter School of Dorchester3Horace Mann Charter in BostonK1–8750Increase maximum enrollment by 70 seats (Temporary)
Under Review —
No Action Taken
Veritas Prep Charter SchoolSpringfield5–8324Increase maximum enrollment by 540 seats


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1 In addition to the fourteen requests submitted for consideration during the current 2016-2017 cycle, one additional request is under consideration which was submitted during the 2015-2016 amendment cycle by Community Charter School of Cambridge and was deferred for consideration to the 2016-2017 amendment cycle. The school's request is included in the table below.

2 The Community Charter School of Cambridge request was submitted during the 2015-2016 amendment cycle and was deferred for consideration to the 2016-2017 amendment cycle.

3 The UP Academy Charter School of Dorchester request was submitted during the 2016-2017 cycle, with approval of the Boston School Committee and Boston Teachers Union, and accepted by the Department after the administrative deadline of August 1.



Last Updated: August 17, 2016
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