McAuliffe Charter School Accepting Lottery Applications; Announces Informational Sessions

FRAMINGHAM – The Christa McAuliffe Charter School, a public school for students in grades 6-8 in Framingham, is now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year.

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 scholars currently attending the school.

Massachusetts families with current fifth, sixth, and seventh graders may submit a lottery application by going to

Lottery applications will be accepted through February 28, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.

The school will facilitate a public lottery on March 5, 2019.

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

The short answer is that McAuliffe guides scholars to become leaders of their own learning. Information sessions will highlight how McAuliffe stands apart with its mission-driven program that focuses on character development in addition to a scholar’s academic success. Participants will learn about Crew advisory groups, which promote social-emotional learning, cross-curricular learning expeditions, and student-led conferences.

The school encourages families to attend an information session or a tour to learn about what sets McAuliffe apart from other public middle schools and to get specific questions answered. During evening information sessions, participants will hear directly from scholars, teachers, and parents/guardians about their experiences at McAuliffe.

The school is hosting three upcoming evening information sessions:

  • Tuesday, October 23 from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 14 from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 11 from 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

“Should we bring our children?”

The school recommends that families introduce their children to McAuliffe prior to the March lottery. During the evening sessions, teachers will lead visiting scholars in activities that illustrate the types of things they’ll do if they become a McAuliffe scholar.

For more information about the admissions procedure and enrollment policy, families should visit


Editor’s Note: In full transparency, the McAuliffe Charter school is an advertiser with Source. Also my daughter is a graduate of the school.

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: Phone: 508-315-7176

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