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Massachusetts Charter Schools

For Immediate Release
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Contact:Heidi Guarino 781-338-3106 or JC Considine 781-338-3112

Founders of 25 Proposed Charter Schools Invited To Submit Full Applications

MALDEN - Founders of 25 of the 42 proposed charter schools this year have been invited to move to the next stage of the state's charter school application process and submit a final application.

Governor Deval Patrick in January signed the Achievement Gap Act of 2010 which doubled the spending cap on charter schools in the state's lowest performing districts. This was the first increase on the charter school cap since 1997 and yielded the biggest and most competitive field of prospective charter schools since that cap lift in 1997. The approved cap lift includes a gradual increase from the current 9% to 12% in this first year before eventually reaching the full 18%.

Final applications are due on November 8, 2010. The final application process includes a rigorous review of the written final application by a review team, an interview of the applicant group by the Charter School Office, public hearings in the areas where schools are proposed to be located, and a review of any public comments offered to the Department.

The proposed schools invited to submit full applications are:

Commonwealth Charter School Prospectuses District or Region Opening Year Grades Maximum Enrollment
Alma del Mar Charter Public SchoolNew Bedford2011K-8360
Boston Chinese Immersion Charter SchoolBoston2011K-8360
Bridge Boston Charter SchoolBoston2011K1-8335
Brooke Charter School 2Boston2011K-8475
Brooke Charter School 3Boston, Chelsea2012K-8475
Brooke Charter School 4Boston2013K-8475
Collegiate Charter SchoolSpringfield, West Springfield, Chicopee20116-12700
Community Day Charter Public School BostonBoston2011K-8400
Community Day Charter Public School RiversideLawrence2011K-8400
Community Day Charter Public School SouthLawrence2011K-8400
Dorchester Preparatory Charter SchoolBoston20125-12600
Dudley Square Preparatory Charter SchoolBoston20125-12600
Excel Academy Charter School - BostonBoston20125-8448
Excel Academy Charter School - Boston IIBoston20135-8448
Excel Academy Charter School - Boston IIIBoston20135-12448
Excel Academy Charter School - ChelseaChelsea20115-8224
Grove Hall Preparatory Charter SchoolBoston20115-12600
KIPP Academy BostonBoston2012K-8875
Lynn Preparatory Charter SchoolLynn2011K-8324
MATCH InternationalBoston2011PK-12700
Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School Agawam, Amherst,Amherst-Pelham, Belchertown, Brimfield, Chesterfield-Goshen, Chicopee, E. Longmeadow, Easthampton, Gateway Regional, Granby, Granville, Hadley, Hampden-Wilbraham, Hampshire Regional, Hatfield, Holland, Holyoke, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Monson, Northampton, Palmer, Pelham, S. Hadley, Southampton, Southwick-Tolland, Springfield, Wales, Ware, W. Springfield, Westfield, Westhampton and Williamsburg20115-12600
Veritas Preparatory Charter SchoolSpringfield20125-8324
Horace Mann Charter School ProspectusesDistrict or RegionOpening YearGradesMaximum Enrollment
Boston Green AcademyBoston20116-12525
UP Academy Charter School of BostonBoston20116-8450
Salem Community Charter SchoolSalem20119-12100

Last Updated: September 30, 2010
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