Founded in 2005, the Community Charter School of Cambridge (CCSC) is a public charter school located in Cambridge, MA serving students in grades 6–12. All CCSC students are prepared to succeed in college through a rigorous college preparatory curriculum. CCSC makes a difference by engaging each student in meaningful work inside the school as well as within the larger community through internships and community-based projects.
Every CCSC graduate has gained admission to at least one post-secondary institution, with over 90% earning admission to 4-year colleges and universities. College persistence rates for CCSC graduates far surpass national averages for the student demographic CCSC serves.
CCSC students benefit from a longer school day, free academic support with our teachers after school, and mentoring programs that build and model good citizenship. CCSC provides an extended school day that ends at 3:40 PM and, on any given day, at least one-third of our students are at school completing homework until 4:30 PM, with help from our teachers and tutors where needed, in our After School Learning Centers. This additional contact with adults in a structured environment has been instrumental in enhancing the achievement of our students.
CCSC has an internally-developed schoolwide instructional vision that guides effective planning and teaching for all faculty, shown in the figure below.
In addition, each academic department at CCSC has a vision statement that guides the way teachers in that department plan and teach. These vision statements are below.
- Advanced Placement Programming
- College Counseling
- English Learners
- Reading (Middle School)
- Special Education
- Visual Arts
CCSC’s science department has recently updated its curriculum to align to the 2016 Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Framework and the Next Generation Science Standards.