News & Updates

The following email went to the CCSC community on the evening of Sunday, April 21.

Dear CCSC Families,

We are shocked and deeply saddened to learn that one of our former students, Dzhokhor Tsarnaev, has been arrested in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings, the murder of an MIT police officer, and other crimes perpetrated during the daylong manhunt that brought our city to a standstill on Friday.

Dzhokhor attended CCSC in the 7th grade and 8th grade, from September 2005 through June 2007. He left in good standing to attend Cambridge Rindge and Latin School.

We grieve for the families and loved ones of all the victims. Our hearts are especially heavy thinking of the many other school communities affected, and particularly our friends at Neighborhood House Charter School, MIT, and Cambridge Rindge and Latin School.

We are pleased and proud to share the results of an in-depth, multi-year study by education experts at Stanford University: across the Commonwealth, and especially in urban areas like Boston, charter school students are consistently and significantly exceeding their district peers in annual learning growth.

The study’s findings mirror the impressive growth achieved by students at CCSC. In 2012, for example, CCSC students led the state in their average learning growth from 8th to 10th grade in both math and ELA. In fact, CCSC was the only public school in the state (charter or district) to earn a growth rate of over 80% in both subjects. CCSC also earned a national EPIC Silver Award in 2011-12 for outstanding learning growth.

Below is a press release from the Stanford group that summarizes the study’s key findings.


CCSC senior Janika Beatty of Malden was named a 2013 Posse Scholar by the Posse Foundation, and will attend Hamilton College on a full-tuition, four-year scholarship. Janika, who came to CCSC in the 9th grade, is the fourth CCSC senior to be awarded a Posse Scholarship since the school’s first graduating class in 2009. Our prior Posse Scholars are Rachel Jean-Louis ’09, Denison University; Farhan Altaf ’11, Bucknell University; and Kidus Moges ’11, Bucknell University.

Congratulations to our new Students of the Semester. These six students each earned a Rise Award, created last year by the family of the late Amanda Edmund, a former CCSC student, in her honor. Teachers voted for the student in each grade who best exemplifies the four CCSC core values – Commitment, Courage, Scholarship and Citizenship. Vanessa Barrios, director of guidance and counseling, announced their names at today’s Black History Month assembly. Each student will receive a $30 Target gift card and a special lunch after break.

7th grade: This student leads by example, socially and academically.  She really helps out with some challenging students, while also taking care of herself. Maya Reynoso Williams

Community Charter School of Cambridge is accepting lottery applications for students entering grades 7, 8 and 9 in 2013-14. 

The deadline to apply to our next lottery is Wednesday, May 1 at 4 PM.

Download a lottery application. Proof of Mass. residency is required at the time of application. Cambridge residents and siblings of current CCSC students have preference in the lotteries.

For more information, please take a look at our new brochure and read our list of Frequently Asked Questions.

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