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Massachusetts Charter Schools

2020 Applications for Renewal of Charters

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 14 schools. Please contact the Department at to obtain copies of any of the Applications for Renewal.

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 January 26, 2021 meeting and no later than its February 23, 2021 meeting. Please check Board Meeting Schedule and Agendas for updates.

The Department invites written comments from Superintendents in the school districts within each charter school's current/proposed district or region. Please see the table below for a list of charter schools that have submitted applications for renewal and the schools' associated districts. Comments may be submitted by December 1, 2020 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 .

Charter School NameCurrent District or RegionChartered Maximum EnrollmentChartered Grade Span
Alma del Mar Charter SchoolNew Bedford1,044K–8
Benjamin Banneker Charter Public SchoolCambridge350PK–6
Boston Green Academy Horace Mann Charter SchoolBoston5956–12
Bridge Boston Charter SchoolBoston335PK–8
Codman Academy Charter Public SchoolBoston345PK–12
Innovation Academy Charter SchoolTyngsborough, Chelmsford, Lowell, Billerica, Dracut, Tewksbury, Groton-Dunstable, Littleton, Westford8005–12
Learning First Charter Public School
(Name change from Seven Hills Charter Public School effective FY2021)
Martha's Vineyard Public Charter SchoolUp Island Regional, Tisbury, Oak Bluffs, Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard Regional180K–12
Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School of ExcellenceSpringfield360K–5
New Heights Charter School of BrocktonBrockton, Randolph, Taunton7356–12
Phoenix Academy Charter Public High School, ChelseaChelsea, Everett, Revere, Lynn2259–12
Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter SchoolAgawam, Amherst-Pelham, Belchertown, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Easthampton, Erving, Frontier, Gateway, Gill-Montague, Granby, Greenfield, Hadley, Hampden-Wilbraham, Hampshire, Hatfield, Holyoke, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Mohawk Trail, Monroe, Monson, Northampton, Palmer, Pioneer Valley, Ralph C. Mahar, Rowe, South Hadley, Southwick-Tolland-Granville Regional, Springfield, Tantasqua, Ware, West Springfield, Westfield4007–12
Prospect Hill Academy Charter SchoolCambridge, Somerville1,200PK–12
UP Academy Charter School of Boston (Horace Mann)Boston5406–8

Last Updated: September 9, 2020

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