About McAuliffe

We're a diverse Expeditionary Learning community for grades 6 – 8. Our hands-on curriculum cultivates high levels of student engagement, responsibility for learning, and enduring character growth.
Our mission 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 is one of over 165 Expeditionary Learning Schools (ELS) nation-wide and one of 15 schools in Massachusetts. Expeditionary Learning Schools is a non-profit organization devoted to providing a highly-respected model of comprehensive school reform. Expeditionary Learning emphasizes high achievement through active learning, character growth, and teamwork. Its extensive professional development program provides McAuliffe teachers with powerful instructional methods to strengthen student learning, as well as opportunities to share best practices with an expanding network schools across the country.


It is my privilege to lead this Expeditionary Learning School where students, teachers, parents, and board members work together to create a rich and rigorous learning community. At McAuliffe, you will discover dedicated, talented, and professional teachers who will partner with you to bring out the best in your child while he or she navigates the challenges of early adolescence. We are a welcoming, diverse community that embraces academic excellence as well as social and emotional development.


Read the full Welcome Letter from our Executive Director




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2002

School Founded

Founded by Michael Delman and Robert Kaufman, McAuliffe opened in September 2002 as the Framingham Community Charter School, the first charter middle school serving the MetroWest.
2005

In Honor of Christa McAuliffe

The school is 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.
2005

We Become Regional

During the 2005 school year, the school became a regional charter school, opening its doors to students from Framingham, Natick, Ashland, Holliston, Sudbury, Southborough, Hopkinton, and Marlborough.
2005

First Class Graduates

McAuliffe graduated its first class of eighth grade students. Those students have now graduated from high school and are attending prestigious colleges including M.I.T., Williams, Dartmouth, UMass Amherst, and the University of Chicago.
2012

State Renews our Charter

McAuliffe was renewed by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) through 2017. Six months later, the BESE approved the schools request to increase enrollment from 306 to 396 students, a result of increased demand in the MetroWest community for a school effectively embracing both academic and character development for middle school scholars.