For Immediate Release - February 28, 2011

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Approves 16 New Charter Schools

MALDEN - The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted to grant charters to the founders of 16 proposed charter schools at its regular meeting on Monday.

A total of 42 charter school prospectuses were submitted during the 2010-11 cycle last August, and applicants for 25 of those 42 prospectuses were invited by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to submit final proposals for consideration in September 2010. A total of 23 final applications were submitted in November. Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester recommended that the Board approve 17 new charters from the group of 23 finalists.

The new charter schools include:

13 Commonwealth Charter Schools:

3 Horace Mann Charter Schools:

  • Boston Green Academy will open in Fall 2011. The school will be located in Boston and will enroll a maximum of 595 students in grades 6-12.
  • Salem Community Charter School will open in Fall 2011 and will be located in Salem and will enroll a maximum of 125 students in grades 9-12.
  • UP Academy will open in Fall 2011. The school will be located in Boston and will enroll a maximum of 500 students in grades 6-8.

The Board rejected a proposal for Lynn Preparatory Charter School, a proposed Commonwealth charter school that would have served a maximum of 324 students in grades K-8.

Commonwealth charter schools operate independently of the local school district. Horace Mann charter schools are developed and operated in close cooperation with the host school district, and require approval of the local school committee.