The State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced Friday that ten groups have submitted new charter school proposals, which, if approved, could open as early as the fall of 2014.
“Massachusetts is fortunate to have many high performing charter schools that set and meet a high standard of excellence for their students and families,” Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Mitchell Chester said in a statement Friday. “For each prospectus, we’ll look closely at how well the founding groups articulate their vision for delivering an outstanding educational program to students, and then invite final applications where appropriate.”
All of the applicants are in Boston’s suburbs or on the Cape.
The applicants include the Academy for the Whole Child Charter School which would operate in Fitchburg; the Chinese Immersion Charter School of Newton, for several communities including Newton, Brookline, Cambridge and others; the Fenix Charter School which would open in Lynn; and the Innovation Academy Charter, which is proposed for Fall River.
Also submitting applications were the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics via Language Immersion Public Charter School in Westborough and the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Design and Mathematics school in Andover.
The Department will select the best proposals and invite those groups in mid-September to submit final applications, according to JC Considine, spokesman for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The final applications, which are due on Oct. 25, will be reviewed by Department staff as well as outside experts.
Chester will recommend certain finalists to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, which will take a final vote in late February 2014.
“We need these groups to demonstrate how they are going to be academically successful, how they are going to launch and grow a viable organization, and how they are going to be faithful to their charter,” Considine said today in a phone interview.
The ten groups are proposing to open Commonwealth charter schools, which are autonomous from the local school district.
Charter schools are open to all Massachusetts students, and preference is given to students in the region or district where the school is located.