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Massachusetts Charter Schools

2019 Applications for Renewals of Public School Charters: Solicitation of Superintendent Comment

This winter, the Commissioner of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (Commissioner) will make recommendations to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (Board) regarding the renewal of the charters for 20 schools. If you wish to request a copy of any of the Applications for Renewal or if you have any questions, please contact

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 of Elementary and Secondary Education (Department).

We currently anticipate that these matters will be brought to the Board for consideration no earlier than its December 17, 2019 meeting and no later than its February 25, 2020 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 1, 2019 to: The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Office of Charter Schools and School Redesign, 75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148 or by email If you have any questions about the charter school renewal process, please contact us at 781-338-3227, or by email at

Thank you for your support in this important process.

Charter School NameCurrent District or RegionChartered Maximum EnrollmentChartered Grade SpanGrade Span
Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter SchoolMarlborough, Clinton, Maynard, Hudson9666–126–12
Atlantis Charter SchoolFall River1,378K–12K–12
Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public SchoolBellingham, Blackstone-Millville, Franklin, Holliston, Hopedale, Medway, Mendon-Upton, Milford, Millis, Norfolk, Plainville, Walpole, and Wrentham900K–8K–8
Boston Renaissance Charter Public SchoolBoston944PK–6PK–6
Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter SchoolBarnstable, Bourne, Dennis-Yarmouth, Falmouth, Mashpee, Monomoy (Chatham and Harwich), Nauset (Brewster, Eastham, Orleans, and Wellfleet), Provincetown, Sandwich, and Truro2606–86–8
City On A Hill Charter Public SchoolBoston2809–129–12
Community Charter School of CambridgeCambridge4206–126–12
Community Day Charter Public School — ProspectLawrence400PK–8PK–8
Francis 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 (New Salem, Orange, Petersham, and Wendell), Shrewsbury, Southborough, Sudbury, Tyngsborough, Wachusett (Holden, Paxton, Princeton, Rutland, and Sterling), Wayland, Westborough, West Boylston, Westford, Weston, Winchendon, and Worcester4007–127–12
Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public SchoolAmherst, Amherst-Pelham, Belchertown, Central Berkshire Regional (Becket, Dalton, Hinsdale, Peru, Washington, Windsor), Chesterfield-Goshen, Conway, Deerfield, Easthampton, Erving, Frontier Regional (Conway, Deerfield, Sunderland, Whately), Gateway Regional (Huntington, Russell, Blandford, Chester, Worthington, Montgomery, and Middlefield), Gill-Montague Regional (Gill, Erving, Montague), Granby, Greenfield, Hadley, Hampshire Regional (Southampton, Westhampton, Williamsburg, Worthington), Hatfield, Hawlemont Regional (Hawley, Charlemont), Leverett, Mohawk Trail Regional (Ashfield, Buckland, Charlemont, Colrain, Hawley, Heath, Plainfield, Rowe and Shelburne), New Salem-Wendell, Northampton, Orange, Pelham, Pioneer Valley Regional (Bernardston, Leyden, Northfield, Warwick), Ralph C. Mahar Regional (New Salem, Orange, Petersham, Wendell), Rowe, Shutesbury, Southampton, South Hadley, Sunderland, Ware, Westhampton, Whately, and Williamsburg218K–8K–8
Holyoke Community Charter SchoolHolyoke702K–8K–8
Lawrence Family Development Charter SchoolLawrence800PK–8PK–8
Lowell Community Charter Public SchoolLowell800PK–8PK–8
Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter SchoolLowell1509–129–12
Marblehead Community Charter Public SchoolMarblehead2304–84–8
Match Charter Public SchoolBoston1,250PK–12PK–12
Neighborhood House Charter SchoolBoston828PK–12PK–11
Sabis International Charter SchoolSpringfield1,574K–12K–12
South Shore Charter Public SchoolAbington, Braintree, Brockton, Cohasset, Duxbury, East Bridgewater, Halifax, Hanover, Hingham, Holbrook, Hull, Kingston, Marshfield, Norwell, Pembroke, Plymouth, Plympton, Quincy, Randolph, Rockland, Scituate, Weymouth, and Whitman-Hanson1075K–12PK–12
Springfield Preparatory Charter SchoolSpringfield486K–8K–4

Last Updated: August 21, 2019

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