The final application process includes a review of the written final application by a review team, an interview of the applicant group, public hearings in the areas where each school is proposed to be located, and a review of public comments submitted to ESE. Commissioner Chester will then review all of the materials and make his recommendations to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, which will potentially vote to grant charters in February 2017.
A provision of the 2010 Achievement Gap Act requires that at least two Commonwealth charters be awarded in districts or regions identified as performing in the lowest 10 percent before any additional Commonwealth charters may be awarded. Three of the four applicants propose to serve a district or regions identified as performing in the lowest 10 percent of districts.
The four proposed charter schools that submitted final applications are:
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Plymouth Public Library
Otto Fehlow Meeting Room
132 South St.
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Westfield State University
Loughman Living Room in Scanlon Hall
577 Western Ave.
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Sturbridge Town Hall
Veterans Memorial Hall
308 Main St.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Lynn Community Room
10 Church St.
|Proposed Commonwealth Charter Schools||District or Region |
(Bold is proposed location)
|Grades||Proposed Maximum Enrollment||Proposed Opening Year||Final Application|
|Equity Lab Charter School*||Lynn||5–12||640||2018||Download MS WORD Document|
size: 2.0 MB Application
|Hampden Charter School of Science - West*||Westfield, Holyoke, Agawam, West Springfield||6–12||588||2018||Download MS WORD Document|
size: 3.6 MB Application
|Map Academy Charter School||Plymouth, Carver, Wareham||Competency-based high school model||300||2017||Download MS WORD Document|
size: 15.7 MB Application
|Old Sturbridge Academy Charter Public School*||Sturbridge, Brimfield, Brookfield, Holland, Monson, North Brookfield, Palmer, Southbridge, Spencer-East Brookfield, Wales, Webster||K–8||360||2017||Download MS WORD Document|
size: 11.4 MB Application