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Lottery FAQ

Which grades can students apply to enter?

Community Charter School of Cambridge is a combined middle/high school, serving students in grades 6 through 12.  CCSC accepts new students in grades 6, 7, 8 and 9. We are currently holding lotteries for enrollment in the 2019-2020 school year for students entering into grades 6, 7, 8 or 9. Lotteries are held on the third Thursday of every month.

Are there any seats for 2019-20?

Yes. Lotteries for the current school year (2019-2020) will be run on Thursday afternoons as necessary. The wait list for 2019-2020 admission does not, however, carry over to the next year. All families must reapply if they would like to attend in 2020-2021.

What is the application process?

Lottery applications are due by 12pm on Wednesday to be included in our weekly Thursday lotteries. We will run lotteries each Thursday until we no longer have seats to fill. Applying online is easiest. Families that wish to complete paper applications can do so by picking up a copy at our front desk, completing it, and then returning it to the school by mail or fax (617-354-3624). All applications must be accompanied by acceptable proof of residency as listed on the lottery application.

How does the lottery process work?

CCSC enrollment lotteries are open to all Massachusetts residents entering grades 6, 7, 8 or 9.  Applications are drawn at random.

In accordance with CCSC’s charter and Massachusetts Charter School Law, applicants are admitted in the following order of preference:

  1. Massachusetts residents with siblings currently attending CCSC. Eligible siblings are children who share a common biological or legal parent with a student enrolled at CCSC, and who reside in the state of Massachusetts as of the application deadline.  Children who live in the same household but do not share a common biological or legal parent are not considered siblings for the purpose of the lottery. A student is defined as “currently in attendance” after he/she has attended at least one full day of school at CCSC and remains enrolled in CCSC.
  2. Cambridge residents: Applicants whose residence is within the Cambridge city limits as of the application deadline.
  3. All other Massachusetts residents: Applicants whose residence is outside the Cambridge city limits, but in the state of Massachusetts as of the application deadline.
How will I know my application has been received? 

You will receive confirmation of your submission after you apply online. After you apply, a CCSC admissions team member will reach out to you if your application is incomplete or requires follow-up. You find out about acceptance after the lottery is run and, if accepted, receive a welcome package with registration materials.

When will I be notified if my child gets a seat in the lottery?

We will mail enrollment offer letters the day of the lottery. You will have 2 weeks to return your confirmation of enrollment to hold your child’s seat.

What is the orientation process for new students?

All new students along with a parent or guardian must attend an orientation and diagnostic testing session in the spring.

What is the required Summer Academy for new students?

All new students entering grades 6–9 are required to attend our 3-week Summer Academy in July (Mon.-Fri., 8:30–12:30). Summer Academy builds math and English language arts skills and introduces students to our academic expectations and classroom routines. Attending Summer Academy prepares new students to make a smooth transition when classes start in the fall. If a student already plans to attend an outside summer program with a comparable level of academic rigor, he/she may apply for a waiver.

What if my child does not get a seat in the lottery?

Your child will be placed on a waiting list until a space becomes available, or until enrollment closes for the current school year. Wait-listed applications for one school year do not carry over to the next school year’s lottery cycles, but you are welcome to reapply.

Whom should I contact if I have questions about the lottery or enrollment process?

Simply call the school’s main number at 617-354-0047 and ask to speak with a member of the admissions team. You may also email