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The founder and head of school of one of the most successful public charter schools in Massachusetts has announced her retirement. 

Paula Evans will retire June 30th as Head of School at Community Charter School of Cambridge (CCSC), the school she founded in 2005. CCSC was named an EPIC winner this year, chosen as one of 14 charter schools nationally, for remarkable student academic growth. The school tied for first place in the state in 2011 in 10th grade MCAS mathematics scores, with all students receiving proficient or advanced standing. And 100% of the students in each of CCSC’s graduating classes have been admitted to college, this year more than  90% to a four-year college or university. 

“The school is in a very strong place,” said Ms. Evans. “I think changing leadership provides an opportunity for maintaining the strengths and moving in new directions.  And it's time for me to change my focus as well.”

Caleb Hurst-Hiller will succeed Ms. Evans as Head of School on July 1.

A sharing of joyful tears, fond memories, and future aspirations, coupled with advice on conquering life’s challenges, and reference to the comic book heroes Wolverine and Wonder Woman highlighted Community Charter School of Cambridge’s 2012 commencement.

More than 450 family, friends, and faculty, gathered inside Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Kresge Auditorium for the celebration, held Sunday, June 10, 2012.

“Celebrations like this force you to confront yourself and ask: ‘Was it worth it?” Class Valedictorian Teiona Knight said during her address. “As we prepare to graduate and head off to do exciting things, we realize that we simply would not be sitting on this stage today, with proud parents and grandparents and friends and other relatives, being celebrated for our many achievements, if it were not for the teachers. They all deserve special thanks for being dedicated to us and not giving up on us. Ever.”

Community Charter School of Cambridge this week welcomed more than 170 seventh, eighth, and ninth grade students to the school’s 2012 Summer Academy. 

“Our Summer Academy provides new students with four weeks of excellent instruction in reading, writing, and math,” said Caleb Hurst-Hiller, CCSC’s Head of School.  “It allows students to learn CCSC – our systems, rules, culture – in a way that creates a much smoother transition in the fall. Students who attend Summer Academy show up on August 29th ready for the school year in a way that is not typical elsewhere. They know what it means to be a scholar here and hit the ground running.”  

The program is designed to help prepare incoming CCSC students to the rigors of the award-winning charter school’s college preparatory curriculum, according to Katie Rieser, principal of the summer academy.