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Christa McAuliffe charter school to hold lottery drawing next week

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  March 8, 2012 12:31 PM

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The Christa McAuliffe Regional Charter Public School in Framingham will hold its annual public lottery next Thursday to determine the 126 students who will be invited to join the class graduating in 2015.

The school has received over 200 applications for next year's sixth grade class, according to school officials.

The school decided to accept 126 students, which is 34 more than the original plan for 92 students, due to a teacher hiring increase to accommodate a larger class size.

The school will have a total of 306 students during the 2012-2013 school year, the largest number of students that can attend McAuliffe as outlined in the school's charter.

Over the summer, school leaders plan to apply to the state's Department of Elementary and Education to expand the size of the school in future years. This expansion will happen in conjunction with the school moving into a new facility.

The public lottery will be held in the school's gymnasium at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 15. The school is currently located at 40 Clinton St. in Framingham.

The lottery drawing will be administered by Judy Gatlin, the coordinator of Framingham Public Library's middle school homework club.

All lottery applications must be submitted to the school by 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14. The lottery application may be submitted online through McAuliffe's website.

According to Massachusetts charter school law, lottery preference goes to siblings of students currently attending the school. After that, students from the eight regional districts - Ashland, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Marlborough, Natick, Southborough, and Sudbury - will be drawn at random.

When all seats are filled, the regional and then non-regional applicants will be drawn at random to build a waitlist. The school will accept applicants off of the wait list as openings are available.

According to the school's website, students in the sixth through eighth grades attend the institution. Class sizes currently range from 16 to 25 students, with an average class size of 22 students. Classes are typically 60 minutes.

For more information, visit the school's website at www.mcaulifferegional.org.

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