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Massachusetts Charter Schools

2020-2021 Charter School Pre-Enrollment Report

To:Superintendents of Districts Sending Students to Charter Schools
From:Joanna Laghetto, Data and Finance Coordinator, Office of Charter Schools and School Redesign
Date:April 1, 2020

In accordance with M.G.L. c.71 § 89(o), and 603 CMR 1.08(5), the purpose of this memorandum is to notify you of the number of students from your district who are expected to be enrolled in Massachusetts charter schools for the 2020-2021 school year.

I am providing you with a workbook, FY21 Charter School Pre-Enrollment Data Download Excel Document, containing three worksheets that provide information about projected charter school enrollment for the upcoming school year, as of March 16, 2020. Information about the charter schools' waitlists will continue to be provided in a separate report and will be available later this spring.

The first worksheet, CS Pre-enroll by School lists the fiscal year 2021 (FY21) charter school pre-enrollment by charter school and grade separated by Commonwealth and Horace Mann. The second worksheet, CS Pre-Enroll by SD, identifies the number of students by sending district and by grade that have pre-enrolled in Commonwealth charter schools. The third worksheet, CS Pre-Enroll by SD & School, provides one more layer of detail and identifies the number of students by sending district, charter school, and by grade, that have pre-enrolled in Commonwealth charter schools. These reports include expected student enrollment for FY21 based on currently attending students and students who have been newly admitted for the 2020-2021 school year.

According to state regulations, no charter school shall receive tuition payments that exceed the total enrollment for that charter school as it was reported to the Department in the school's pre-enrollment report. As a result, while actual charter school enrollment from your district may differ slightly as of October 1, 2020, (SIMS submission) the total enrollment in a charter school from all districts, as listed on the first attached report, represents the maximum number of students for which the charter school may receive tuition payments in FY21.

For additional details on the calculation of charter school tuition and assessments, see Charter Schools' Tuition, Reimbursements and Enrollment webpage.

If you have any questions regarding charter school enrollment, the funding formula, or the charter school statute and regulations on these issues, please contact me at or 781-338-3221.

Last Updated: April 1, 2020

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