FRAMINGHAM – The Christa McAuliffe Charter School had a record number of applications for its 145 spots for its 2016-17 sixth grade class.
There were 302 applicants this year. The previous year, there were 280 applications.
That means for the past couple of years only about 50 percent of those who applied could attend the middle school.
This year, the vast majority of students accepted into the sixth grade class, via a blind lottery, were from Framingham. More than 85 percent of the sixth grade class is from Framingham.
The breakdown of the sixth grade class is 121 students from Framingham, 12 from Natick, nine from Ashland, 2 from Holliston, and one from Sudbury.
Of the new sixth grade class, 31 students attended Potter Road Elementary School.
Sixteen students had attended Stapleton Elementary, 15 from Hemenway Elementary, 14 from McCarthy Elementary, 13 from Wilson IB, and a dozen from Brophy Elementary. Seven students from Dunning Elementary and Barbieri Elementary are now sixth graders at McAuliffe Charter, along with 5 homeschooled students.
The Christa McAuliffe Charter School is located in Framingham. The public middle school, which accepts students via a blind lottery is celebrating its 15th year. The expeditionary learning school stresses hands-on curriculum, and high achievement through active learning, character growth, and teamwork. The school has students in grades 6-7-8.