Massachusetts Charter Schools
Applications for Renewals of Public School Charters: Solicitation of Superintendent Comment
This winter, the Commissioner of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (Department) will make recommendations to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (Board) regarding the renewal of the charters for 12 schools. If you wish to request a copy of any of the Applications for Renewal or if you have any questions, please contact email@example.com.
Consistent with charter school regulations, the review of the school's application for renewal for another five-year term is guided by 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. The Commissioner's recommendations will consider each school's performance at the time of the charter renewal as well as the progress it has made during the past four years of operation. The evaluation will include a review of evidence such as the school's academic performance, accountability plan performance, annual reports, financial record, and application for renewal, as well as assessments conducted by the Department.
We currently anticipate that these matters may be brought to the Board for consideration no earlier than its January 24, 2017 meeting and no later than its February 28, 2017 meeting. Please check Board Meeting Schedule and Agendas for updates.
The Department invites written comments from Superintendents regarding the possible renewal of a charter school that is located in your district, or that enrolls students from your district. Please see the table below for a list of charter schools that have submitted applications for renewal and the schools' associated districts. Please submit your written comments by November 17, 2016 to: The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Office of Charter Schools and School Redesign, 75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148. If you have any questions about the charter school renewal process, please contact us at 781-338-3227, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your support in this important process.
|Charter School Name||Current District or Region||Chartered Maximum Enrollment1||Chartered Grade Span||Grade Span 2016-17|
|Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter Public School||Boston||545||5–12||5–12|
|Brooke Charter School||Boston||2,221||K–12||K–9|
|Christa McAuliffe Charter School||Ashland, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Marlborough, Natick, Southborough, Sudbury||396||6–8||6–8|
|Community Day Charter Public School - Gateway||Lawrence||400||PK–8||PK–5|
|Community Day Charter Public School - R. Kingman Webster||Lawrence||400||PK–8||PK–5|
|Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School (Horace Mann)||Boston||308||PK–5||PK–5|
|Global Learning Charter Public School||New Bedford||500||5–12||5–12|
|KIPP Academy Boston Charter School||Boston||588||K–8||K–2 and 5–8|
|Pioneer Charter School of Science||Chelsea, Everett, Revere||780||K–12||K–2 and 6–12|
|Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School||Agawam, 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-Tolland||584||K–12||K–12|
|Sizer School, A North Central Charter Essential School||Ashburnham-Westminster, Clinton, Fitchburg, Gardner, Leominster, Lunenberg, Nashoba, North Middlesex, Wachusett||400||7–12||7–12|
|Veritas Preparatory Charter School||Springfield||324||5–8||5–8|
1 The following charter schools have also submitted requests to increase maximum enrollment: KIPP Academy Boston Charter School, Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School, and Veritas Preparatory Charter School. Please see Charter Amendment Requests Pending BESE Action for more details.