Christa McAuliffe Charter School Announces Admission Events

FRAMINGHAM – The Christa McAuliffe Charter School, an expeditionary learning public charter school for students in grades six through eight, will be hosting monthly tours and information sessions before the admissions lottery on March 7, 2018.

As a public charter school, there is no admission fee or tuition; scholars are accepted based on a blind, public lottery with the only preference going to applicants who are siblings of those currently attending the school.

Tours will be held on Thursday mornings and limited to 12 people.

Participants will learn about McAuliffe’s mission and curriculum. During evening information sessions participants will hear directly from seventh and eighth grade scholars as well as teachers and parents about their experiences at McAuliffe. Information sessions are facilitated by Kristin Harrison, the school’s Executive Director.

Families should RSVP for a tour and information sessions at

“I encourage families to visit the school in order to learn about McAuliffe’s expeditionary learning program prior to the blind lottery that we will conduct in March. I look forward to meeting families and scholars who will be joining our CREW for the 2018-19 school year. ” said Harrison.

The school has scheduled 4 information sessions prior to the March 2 lottery application deadline and March 7 admissions lottery:

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 6:15 to 8 p.m.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 6:15 to 8 p.m.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 6:15 to 8 p.m.

Monday, February 5, 2018 6:15 to 8 p.m.

“How is McAuliffe different from other middle schools?” is often asked by visiting families.

The short answer is that McAuliffe guides scholars to become leaders of their own learning through expeditionary learning, according to a press release.

Information sessions will highlight how McAuliffe stands apart with its mission-driven program that focuses equally on scholars’ academic success and character development. Participants will learn about Crew, which promotes social-emotional development for all scholars, cross-curricular learning expeditions, “Habits of Work and Learning”, and student-led conferences.

“Should we bring our children?”

The school recommends that families introduce their children to McAuliffe by attending either a weekday tour or an evening information session. During the evening sessions, teachers will lead visiting students in activities that illustrate the types of things they’ll do if they become a McAuliffe scholar. For this reason, the school guides families to bring their children to the evening sessions, but are ready to host students during a weekday tour as well.

“How does the admissions lottery work?”

Families with current fifth, sixth, and seventh graders may Submit an application to the lottery by going to

Lottery Applications will be accepted until March 2, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.

The school will facilitate a blind public lottery on March 7, 2018 that follows state law and regulations.

For more information about the admissions procedures and enrollment policy, families should visit or contact the Admissions Coordinator, Jocelyn Bergeron at

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

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