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For Immediate Release
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Contact:Heidi Guarino 781-338-3106

Board of Education Approves Three New Charter Schools

BOSTON - The Board of Education voted on Tuesday to grant charters to the founders of three new proposed charter schools, including one that will open this fall.

The Department of Education received 10 proposals for new charter schools this year, and requested full applications from five of the founding groups. Of that group Acting Commissioner Jeffrey Nellhaus recommended the Board approve four new charters, one of which the Board rejected.

The new charter schools are:

  • The Silver Hill Elementary School will reopen as the Silver Hill Horace Mann Charter School in Fall 2008. The school will be located in Haverhill and will enroll a maximum of 580 students in grades K-5. The school will emphasize enrichment education, and social and character development.
  • The Dorchester Collegiate Academy Charter School will open in 2009 and will be located in Boston and will enroll a maximum of 240 students in grades 4-12. The school will focus on providing students from the Greater Boston area with the skills they need to successfully transition into college without requiring remediation.
  • The Hampden Charter School of Science will open in 2009. This will be a regional school serving a maximum of 350 students in grades 4-12 from Chicopee, Ludlow, Springfield and West Springfield. Their mission will be to provide a college preparatory focused education to students and will provide an extended math and science curriculum.

The Board rejected a proposal for the International Charter School of Southeastern Massachusetts, a regional Brockton-based school that would have served up to 1300 students in grades K-12.

The state's charter school statute allows for a total of 120 charter schools: 48 Horace Mann and 72 Commonwealth. There are currently 54 Commonwealth and seven Horace Mann charter schools in operation, leaving 18 Commonwealth 41 Horace Mann charters available. For more information on charter schools look online at

Last Updated: February 26, 2008
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