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Virtual Schools Application Process

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education grants certificates allowing virtual schools to operate in Massachusetts. Up to eight additional certificates remain through the 2019-2020 school year.

For a virtual school opening in 2019-2020, persons or entities eligible to submit a proposal to establish a CMVS may include but are not limited to: a school district; two or more school districts; an education collaborative; an institution of higher education; a non-profit entity; two or more licensed teachers; or parents. Private and parochial schools and for-profit entities are not eligible to submit a proposal.

The CMVS application is a two-stage process, beginning with a prospectus, due June 29, 2018. In early August, after reviewing the prospectuses, the Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education will invite selected applicants? to submit final applications, which will be due October 5, 2018 The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will vote in winter 2019 whether to grant certificates for a new CMVS to operate beginning in the 2019-20 school year.

Request for Proposals for the Prospectus and Final Application

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Slides from the May 10, 2018 CMVS Applicant Webinar
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Questions and Answers about the Application Process

Applicants may email questions to the Department at, with the subject line "CMVS Question: <insert brief summary of question>." Questions regarding the Prospectus must be received by June 22, 2018, while questions regarding the Final Application must be received by September 28, 2018. The Department will periodically post updates to the Questions and Answers at the link below.

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Questions and Answers about the CMVS Application Process

Last Updated: May 14, 2018
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