In Massachusetts, there are 72 (Commonwealth and Horace Mann) charter schools with students currently enrolled; seven more approved charter schools are set to open for the 2012-13 school. year The Massachusetts Ed Commissioner has also recommended that four more charter schools be approved to open in the next few years. So, where are all the charter schools located in Massachusetts?
*Boston includes Brighton, Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park-Readville, Jamaica Plain, Roslindale and South Boston.
Here we see that a large percentage (31%) of the charter schools in Massachusetts are located in Boston with Dorchester alone housing five charters. Interestingly, most of the other cities/towns on the list only have one or two charters while Cambridge, Springfield, and Worcester have the most after Boston with three each. Of the Commissioner's ten urban districts, Brockton is the only city that does not have any charters; also none of the charter schools approved or recommended for approval will be located there. When the seven new charter schools open this year, two more charters will be located in Lawrence, four more in Boston (with one also serving Chelsea students), and one more in Springfield. As previously posted, the charters recommended for approval this year will potentially be located in Boston, Holyoke, Lowell, and Springfield.