Community Charter School of Cambridge is one of two schools left, and three schools invited to apply for the 2016 Pozen Prize for Charter Schools. The award process is facilitated annually by The Boston Foundation, one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the nation.
According to The Boston Foundation, “invited schools are Commonwealth Charters that have met or exceeded the state’s average proficiency rates on the English/Language Arts and Math MCAS exams each year for the past three years for all students, and in the most recent year for high needs subgroups.”
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education notes that a student is high needs if he or she is designated as either low income, economically disadvantaged, an English Language Learner (ELL), formerly designated as ELL, or a student with disabilities. 60% of CCSC students are considered low income and 95% of the school’s population are students of color. The school also serves a significant population with special needs (23%).