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Massachusetts Charter Schools

Applications for Renewals of Public School Charters: Solicitation of Superintendent Comment

This winter, the Acting Commissioner of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (Department) will make recommendations to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (Board) regarding the renewal of the charters for 17 schools. If you wish to request a copy of any of the Applications for Renewal or if you have any questions, please contact 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 Acting 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. We currently anticipate that these matters may be brought to the Board for consideration no earlier than its December 19, 2017 meeting and no later than its February 27, 2018 meeting. Please check Board Meeting Schedule and Agendas for updates. The Department invites written comments from Superintendents regarding the possible renewal of a charter school that is located in your district, or that enrolls students from your district. Please see the table below for a list of charter schools that have submitted applications for renewal and the schools' associated districts. Please submit your written comments by November 1, 2017 to: The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Office of Charter Schools and School Redesign, 75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148. If you have any questions about the charter school renewal process, please contact us at 781-338-3227, or by e-mail at Thank you for your support in this important process.
Charter School NameCurrent District or RegionChartered Maximum EnrollmentChartered Grade SpanGrade Span 2017-18
Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public SchoolAuburn, Holden, Leicester, Millbury, Oxford, Shrewsbury, Sutton, West Boylston, Worcester1426K-12K-12
Baystate Academy Charter Public SchoolSpringfield5606-126-11
Boston Collegiate Charter SchoolBoston7005-125-12
Boston Day and Evening Academy Charter SchoolBoston4059-129-12
City on a Hill Charter Public School Dudley SquareBoston2809-129-12
Collegiate Charter School of LowellLowell1200K-12
Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers Horace Mann Charter SchoolBoston4489-129-12
Excel Academy Charter SchoolBoston, Chelsea13445-125-11
Four Rivers Charter Public SchoolFrontier, Gill-Montague, Greenfield, Mohawk Trail, Pioneer Valley, Ralph C. Mahar Regional2207-127-12
Foxborough Regional Charter SchoolAttleboro, Avon, Brockton, Canton, Easton, Foxborough, Mansfield, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, North Attleboro, Norton, Norwood, Plainville, Sharon, Stoughton, Walpole, West Bridgewater, Wrentham1700K-12K-12
Helen Y. Davis Leadership Academy Charter Public SchoolBoston2166-86-8
Mystic Valley Regional Charter SchoolEverett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Stoneham, Wakefield1900K-12K-12
Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter SchoolHolyoke, West Springfield, Chicopee, Westfield, South Hadley, Northampton5009-129-12
Pioneer Charter School of Science IIDanvers, Lynn, Peabody, Salem, Saugus3607-127-12
Rising Tide Charter Public SchoolBarnstable, Bourne, Carver, Duxbury, Falmouth, Lakeville, Marshfield, Mashpee, Middleborough, Old Rochester, Pembroke, Plymouth, Sandwich, Silver Lake, Wareham7005-125-12
Sturgis Charter Public SchoolBarnstable, Bourne, Carver, Dennis-Yarmouth, Falmouth, Mashpee, Monomoy, Nauset, Plymouth, Provincetown, Sandwich, and Wareham8509-129-12
UP Academy Charter School of DorchesterBoston820PK-8PK-8

Last Updated: August 17, 2017

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