The mission of McAuliffe Regional Charter Public School is to cultivate within each member of a diverse student body, through the Expeditionary Learning design, an intense commitment to self and community, the courage and insight to set high standards for academic and personal success, and the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to achieve those standards.
McAuliffe Regional CPS opened in September 2002 as the Framingham Community Charter School, the first charter middle school serving the Boston Metrowest area. During the 2005 school year, the school broadened its focus to provide equal access for families from the 8 towns that represent most of its student enrollment. At the same time the school was renamed to honor Christa McAuliffe, a native of Framingham, graduate of Framingham State College, accomplished teacher, and astronaut. Her life exemplified the values of adventure and discovery, and her legacy illustrates for young people that with training and teamwork we can overcome challenges that would otherwise seem insurmountable. In June 2005, McAuliffe Regional CPS graduated its first class of pioneering eighth grade students.
You can also read about the "early history of the school", which goes back all the way to 1997.
McAuliffe Regional CPS is a public middle shool that is open to all students free of charge. We serve nearly 300 students in grades six through eight from more than a dozen towns. We are a diverse community that strives to reflect the diversity within the towns we serve. Our student population includes the full range of children, from those with special needs to those who are “gifted and talented.”
McAuliffe Regional CPS is one of only 11 schools in Massachusetts that teach through the Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound model, involving long-term in-depth explorations, a focus on self discovery and individuality, and exciting mental and physical adventures.
Beyond a strong academic foundation that is aligned with Massachusetts middle school curriculum frameworks, our students complete a community service requirement. Service helps young people to clearly see the connection between academic content and their role in their communities, whether it be our school, their family, neighborhood or future career. It is a foundation for their future.
The teachers at McAuliffe Regional CPS bring with them diverse life and work experiences that enrich their classroom teaching. Chosen through a rigorous screening process that includes interviews with parents, peers, and feedback from students after demonstration lessons, all McAuliffe Regional CPS teachers share the belief that academic excellence and personal growth are inextricably linked. A low student to teacher ratio assures that adults and young people develop close nurturing relationships both within and outside the classroom.
To explore all of the ways in which our school is a special place for learning and growth, see our Why McAuliffe Regional Charter Public School pages.