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.




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


College Prep

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


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).