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Massachusetts Charter Schools

FY23 Applications for Renewal of Charters

This winter, the Commissioner of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (Commissioner) will make recommendations to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (Board) regarding the renewal of the charters for 19 schools. Please contact the Department at to obtain copies of any of the Applications for Renewal.

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 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 of Elementary and Secondary Education (Department).

We currently anticipate that these matters will be brought to the Board for consideration no earlier than its January 24, 2023 meeting and no later than its February 28, 2023 meeting. Please check Board Meeting Schedule and Agendas for updates.

The Department invites written comments from superintendents in the school districts within each charter school's current district or region. Please see the table below for a list of charter schools that have submitted applications for renewal and the schools' associated districts. Comments may be submitted by December 1, 2022 to: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, c/o Office of Charter Schools and School Redesign, 75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148 or by email to .

Charter School NameCurrent District or RegionChartered Maximum EnrollmentChartered Grade Span
Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public SchoolAuburn, Leicester, Millbury, Oxford, Shrewsbury, Sutton, West Boylston, Worcester, and Wachusett Regional1,426K–12
Baystate Academy Charter Public SchoolSpringfield5606–12
Boston Collegiate Charter SchoolBoston7005–12
Boston Day and Evening Academy Horace Mann Charter SchoolBoston5059–12
Collegiate Charter School of LowellLowell1,200K–12
Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers Horace Mann Charter SchoolBoston4489–12
Excel Academy Charter SchoolBoston and Chelsea1,4005–12
Four Rivers Charter Public SchoolFrontier, Gill-Montague, Greenfield, Mohawk Trail, Pioneer Valley, and Ralph C. Mahar2207–12
Foxborough Regional Charter SchoolAttleboro, Avon, Brockton, Canton, Easton, Foxborough, Mansfield, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, North Attleboro, Norton, Norwood, Plainville, Sharon, Stoughton, Walpole, West Bridgewater, and Wrentham1,700K–12
Hampden Charter School of Science WestAgawam, Holyoke, West Springfield, and Westfield5886–12
Helen Y. Davis Leadership Academy Charter Public SchoolBoston2166–8
Map Academy Charter SchoolCarver, Plymouth, and Wareham3009–12
Mystic Valley Regional Charter SchoolEverett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Stoneham, and Wakefield1,900K–12
Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter SchoolChicopee, Holyoke, South Hadley, and West Springfield3209–12
Phoenix Academy Public Charter High School, LawrenceHaverhill, Lawrence, and Methuen2509–12
Pioneer Charter School of Science IIDanvers, Lynn, Peabody, Salem, and Saugus858K–12
Rising Tide Charter Public SchoolBarnstable, Bourne, Carver, Duxbury, Falmouth, Freetown-Lakeville, Marshfield, Mashpee, Middleborough, Old Rochester, Pembroke, Plymouth, Sandwich, Silver Lake, and Wareham7005–12
Sturgis Charter Public SchoolBarnstable, Bourne, Carver, Dennis-Yarmouth, Falmouth, Mashpee, Monomoy Regional, Nauset, Plymouth, Provincetown, Sandwich, and Wareham8509–12
UP Academy Charter School of DorchesterBoston750PK–8

Last Updated: August 22, 2022

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