CAMBRIDGE _ For the second consecutive year, Community Charter School of Cambridge has opened “at capacity”, meaning there is a student occupying every available seat in the small Kendall Square area public charter school.
“To be at capacity is a double-edged sword for us,” said Caleb Hurst-Hiller, CCSC’s Head of School. “On the one hand, we are pleased to be an ‘in demand’ or ‘oversubscribed’ school. On the other hand, it never feels good to turn away students.”
The school’s wait-list for seventh, eighth, and ninth grade seats has 472 names on it. Under its state-approved charter, CCSC can admit a maximum of 360 students. Once those seats are filled, the school creates a waiting list. “We’ve had a waiting list for years, and last year’s wasn’t short ” Mr. Hurst-Hiller said. “But this year, that list is much, much longer.”
To better meet demand, the school expanded this summer into vacant space in an adjacent building, adding more classrooms, work space, and conference space for staff and students. The boom in enrollment didn’t impact the vibe of students or teachers on the first day.