Application & Lottery Process

Which grades can students apply to enter?

Community Charter School of Cambridge offers grades 6-12. We hold lotteries for new students to apply to enroll in grades 6, 7, 8 or 9.

Are there any seats for 2016-17?

CCSC is no longer accepting applications for 2016-17 enrollment and there is a wait list. The wait list does not carry over to the next year, so all on it must re-apply if they still wish to enroll in 2017-18.

What is the application process?

To apply for enrollment, we ask that you complete our online lottery application. All applications must be accompanied by acceptable proof of residency as listed on the lottery application. Paper applications are available on our website and at the front desk.

Is proof of residency required to apply?

Yes. State law requires that all families provide proof of Massachusetts residency at the time they submit the lottery application. You must provide one of the following documents: a gas bill, an electricity bill, a cable bill, a water bill, mortgage statement or a lease agreement. If you are unable to provide one of these forms of proof of address, we ask that you submit an Address Verification Form.

How does the lottery process work?

The CCSC enrollment lotteries are open to all Massachusetts residents entering 6th, 7th, 8th or 9th grade. The chance of being offered a seat is much greater if you enter the earliest possible lottery. Applications are drawn at random.

In accordance with CCSC’s charter and Massachusetts Charter School Law, applicants are admitted in the following order of preference:

1. Massachusetts residents with siblings currently attending CCSC. Eligible siblings are children who share a common biological or legal parent with a student enrolled at CCSC, and who reside in the state of Massachusetts as of the application deadline.  Children who live in the same household but do not share a common biological or legal parent are not considered siblings for the purpose of the lottery.  A student is defined as “currently in attendance” after he/she has attended at least one full day of school at CCSC and remains enrolled in CCSC.

2. Cambridge residents: Applicants whose residence is within the Cambridge city limits as of the application deadline.

3. All other Massachusetts residents: Applicants whose residence is outside the Cambridge city limits, but in the state of Massachusetts as of the application deadline.

When will I be notified if my child gets a seat in the lottery?

We will mail enrollment offer letters the day of the lottery. You will have 2 weeks to return your confirmation of enrollment to hold your child’s seat.

What is the orientation process for new students?

All new students and their parent-guardians must attend an orientation and testing session in the spring. Students will take a grade-level placement assessment, and families will learn about school policies.

What is the required Summer Academy for new students?

All new students entering grades 6–9 are required to attend our 4-week Summer Academy in July (Mon.-Fri., 8:30–12:30). Summer Academy builds math and English language arts skills and introduces students to our academic expectations and classroom routines. Attending Summer Academy prepares new students to make a smooth transition when classes start in the fall. If a student already plans to attend an outside summer program with a comparable level of academic rigor, he/she may apply for a waiver.

What if my child does not get a seat in the lottery?

Your child will be placed on a waiting list until a space becomes available, or until enrollment closes for the current school year (in Feb. 2016 for those who applied to enroll in 2015-16 but were waitlisted). Wait-listed applications for one school year do not carry over to the next school year’s lottery cycles, but you are welcome to reapply.

What if I register my child for a seat but later decide to attend another school?

Since we typically have a long waiting list for seats, we ask that you notify us promptly if your plans change, so that we can give the seat to a student on the waiting list.

Whom should I contact if I have questions about the lottery or enrollment process?

Phone the school’s main number at 617-354-0047. You may also email enrollment@ccscambridge.org.

Enrollment Policy

Enrollment Policy - English

Enrollment Policy - Spanish

Enrollment Policy - Haitian Creole

Students with Disabilities: Notice of Rights to Access and Equity of Educational Services (explained in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole)