Sea Star Charter School of Cape Cod to be reviewed for accreditation

Sea Star Charter School of Cape Cod, a K-5 school with max enrollment of 192 applies to the state department of education
Sea Star Charter School of Cape Cod, a K-5 school with max enrollment of 192, to be reviewed by state education board

NEW CHARTER SCHOOL REVIEW

Another charter school proposed on Cape Cod

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will begin its review of 10 groups hoping to establish charter schools including a new one on Cape Cod.

After its review of the prospectuses, in mid-September the department will invite the groups deemed most worthwhile to submit full applications, which have an Oct. 25 deadline.

The 10 proposed schools are commonwealth charters, which unlike Horace Mann charters require no local school committee approval and are autonomous from the school district. Charter applications generally trigger enthusiasm and consternation in school districts conversations within communities about whether such a school would be beneficial. The proposed charter schools include one on Cape Cod:

Sea Star Charter School of Cape Cod, a K-5 school with max enrollment of 192 serving the present districts of Barnstable, Dennis-Yarmouth, Bourne, Sandwich, Falmouth, Mashpee, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, Nauset (Orleans, Brewster, Eastham, Truro, Wellfleet and Provincetown) and Monomoy (Chatham and Harwich).

The school's stated goal is "to construct a Kindergarten-5 Multiage School. The school will be grouped into K-1, 2-3 and 4-5 classes. The school will follow the Core Competencies set forth by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education".

The other charter applicants include:

  • Academy for the Whole Child Charter School, a K-5 school with maximum enrollment of 360 in Fitchburg;
  • Argosy Collegiate Charter School, a 6-12 school with max enrollment of 644 in Fall River;
  • Central Massachusetts Science Technology Art and Mathematics Via Language Immersion Public Charter School, a K-8 school with max enrollment of 675 serving Westborough, Hopkinton, Marlborough, Shrewsbury, Southborough and Northborough;
  • Chinese Immersion Charter School of Newton, a K-12 school with max enrollment of 884 serving Newton, Brookline, Waltham, Cambridge, Watertown and Weston;
  • Fenix Charter School, a 5-12 school with max enrollment of 600 in Lynn;
  • Innovation Academy Charter School, a 7-13 school with max enrollment of 560 in Fall River;
  • Lynn Preparatory Charter School, a K-8 school with max enrollment of 360 in Lynn;
  • Springfield Prep Charter School, a K-8 school with max enrollment of 486 in Springfield and
  • STEAM Studio Charter School, a 9-12 school with max enrollment of 450 in Andover.

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