History and Results

Founded in 2005, the Community Charter School of Cambridge (CCSC) is a public charter school located in Cambridge, MA currently serving nearly 400 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. 

Almost every single CCSC graduate has gained admission to at least one post-secondary institution, with 90% earning admission to 4-year colleges and universities. College persistence rates for the first eight classes of graduates far surpasses national averages for the student demographic CCSC serves.

Core Values

  • Citizenship,

  • Commitment

  • Scholarship

  • Courage

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.

 

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rigorous

Our program is challenging and prepares students for the workload they will face in college and beyond.

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College Prep

We pride ourselves in our students acceptance rates in colleges. Well prepared and recognized success.

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Beyond classroom

Our focus on internships and exposure beyond the classroom helps student see their future possibilities.

College Success

Since our first graduating class in 2009, 100% of graduating seniors have been accepted to college -- 7 consecutive years of success. 

College persistence matriculation and rates are far higher than the national averages for students of color:

  • 90% of all CCSC graduates enrolled in college the fall after graduation, 96% of them to 4-year colleges.
  • Of the 21 members of the Class of 2009, 81% have either graduated or were still enrolled and working toward their degree in 2013-14 (5 years out).
  • Of the 19 members of the Class of 2010, 84% have either graduated or were still enrolled and working toward their degree in 2013-14 (4 years out).