Friday is the deadline to apply for the Christa McAuliffe Charter School Enrollment Lottery


By Ashlyn Kelly


FRAMINGHAM- Friday is the deadline for the Christa McAuliffe Charter School enrollment lottery for the 2022-23 school year.

The Christa McAuliffe Charter School is a public middle school for 6th, 7th and 8th graders, serving the communities of Framingham, Natick, Ashland, Holliston, Hopkinton, Marlborough, Southborough and Sudbury.

Named after late space teacher Christa McAuliffe, the public charter school is an EL Education accredited school that offers a hands-on, project-based curriculum that encourages team building and collaboration with peers.

According to the school, teachers emphasize the development of the character and habits of work and learning of students with the aim that they are actors who contribute to the construction of a better world.

The draw will take place on Wednesday, February 2 via Zoom, according to the school’s website. No names or information will be shared during the Zoom call, but a list of seated and waitlisted students — identified by randomly assigned four-digit numbers — will be posted on the school’s website, according to Frank Tipton, Executive Director.

There are no tuition fees to attend the school when a student is accepted.

The school will open 140 places for the sixth year and establish a waiting list once all the places are filled, according to Mara Gorden, director of community development.

The school will also establish a waiting list for grades seven and eight.

The school follows a blind lottery and admissions process guided by Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education laws and regulations for charter schools, according to the school’s website.

The first preference goes to students who have siblings already attending, according to Gorden.

Then, the students who live in the eight regional cities are chosen by the random electronic lottery tool.

Then, students who live outside the eight regional cities are also chosen by the lottery tool.

Gorden said those accepted will have 10 business days to enroll in the charter school. If all places are not filled, candidates on the ordered waiting list will be invited to register.

After the February lottery, the school will hold raffles on the first Wednesday of every month if there are open spots and no waiting list, according to the school’s website.

Applications for these lotteries must be submitted on the Friday before the first Wednesday.

The waiting list must be exhausted before another lottery is held, according to the regional public charter school’s website.

All lottery applications submitted for a month in which a lottery is not taking place will be included in the next lottery for that grade.

Gorden said the lottery gives “the opportunity to connect more families to the McAuliffe program.”

More information on the school and lottery process can be found by clicking here.


Ashlyn Kelly is a Spring 2022 SOURCE intern. She is a communication arts major with minors in political science and journalism at Framingham State University. When she’s not writing an article, you can usually find her in a theater.


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