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Community Charter School of Cambridge celebrates MCAS scores

Posted by Brock Parker  October 1, 2012 04:52 PM

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Students and faculty at the Community Charter School of Cambridge took a short break from classes Monday to celebrate MCAS scores that placed the school at the top of public school systems and charter schools throughout the state this year.

Every 10th grade student at the charter school who took the English and math portions of the MCAS in the spring received an advanced or proficient score—making the school one of three charter schools in the state to receive a number one ranking in both subjects.

MCAS.jpg Juniors and seniors at the Community Charter School of Cambridge Monday celebrated a strong showing on MCAS scores in Math and English this year and in 2011. Photo by Brock Parker.

To honor the work of the 10th grade students, now juniors at the school, faculty held a celebration for the kids Monday to talk about their accomplishments. Seniors at the school, who also did well on the MCAS a year ago, joined in the party.

“If you can’t tell that we’re incredibly proud of you, than you haven’t been paying attention,” said Head of School Caleb Hurst-Hiller at the celebration Monday.

Founded in 2005, the charter school on Bent Street near Kendall Square has a total of 360 students, including a total of about 70 high school juniors and seniors.

Just over half of the students at the charter school are from Boston, with another third from Cambridge and the rest from 17 other surrounding communities, said Jan Devereux, director of external relations for the school.

The two other charter schools in which 100 percent of the 10th grade students received a proficient or advanced score on the math and English portions of the MCAS tests are the Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter School in Adams and the MATCH Charter School in Boston.

Hurst-Hiller said the MCAS scores are only a piece of the puzzle, and the ultimate goal is to see students from the charter school move on and graduate from a post-secondary school. Every graduate of the school since 2009 has been accepted into college, including 93 percent whom have been accepted to four-year schools, according to the charter school.

But Hurst-Hiller said the top ranking on the MCAS scores is something that even current high school students recognize as a big deal.

“I think they kind of understand the magnitude of this,” said Hurst-Hiller. “There’s something about being able to say you’re number one, or you’re tied for number one, that resonates with them.”

Seniors at the school scored almost as well when they took the MCAS tests in 2011. Every student from the charter school who took the test that year received an advanced or proficient score in math and 93 percent of those that tested received an advanced or proficient score in English.

A full list of the top-ranked MCAS score for school systems and charter schools can be found here.

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