School Details

Community Charter School of Cambridge

245 Bent St, Cambridge, MA 02141
(617) 354-0047
7

(out of 10)

Charter Grades 6-12 & ungraded 360 students 10 students/teacher (MA avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade

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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS)

In 2010-2011 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math, and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Community Charter School of Cambridge (District) average
  • Massachusetts state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

85%
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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS)

In 2010-2011 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math, and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Community Charter School of Cambridge (District) average
  • Massachusetts state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

100%
100%
91%
90%
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84%
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71%

Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS)

In 2010-2011 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math, and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Community Charter School of Cambridge (District) average
  • Massachusetts state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

81%
81%
63%

Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCASSTE)

In 2010-2011 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCAS STE) to test students in high school in biology, chemistry, introductory physics and technology/engineering. The MCAS STE is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS STE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Community Charter School of Cambridge (District) average
  • Massachusetts state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Community Charter School of Cambridge is a charter high school in Cambridge. The principal of Community Charter School of Cambridge is Caleb Hurst-Hiller, who can be contacted at chursthiller@ccscambridge.org. 360 students attend Community Charter School of Cambridge and identify as Black, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Asian. 64% of the 360 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Community Charter School of Cambridge is 10:1. The Newman School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 72% %
Multiracial 4% %
Asian 3% %
White, non-Hispanic 2% %
Hispanic 19% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.9% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 64% 0%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    CCSC is a gem. My daughter returns for grade 8 this fall. As she finishes her summer reading and gathers school supplies I am so grateful we found this school for her. Last year was year of academic high points. The teaching was fantastic. Clear expectations. Deep and meaningful work. End of unit assessments that buck stereotypes of charter schools churning out test prep kids. For example in science write a children's book using 2pieces of evidence from the fossil record to rove the theory of continental drift. Students succeed at this school. No one falls thru the cracks. Every student has an advisor and meets in advisory twice a week. Outstanding support systems. Teachers and staff do not lose any opportunity to connect with students identify their interests engage them in school activities or sports and recognize them for their achievements in and out of class. I do not love the intense behavior system but the structure is clear. Kids learn to comply. Unlike our previous school teachers do not get hijacked re-teaching because of chronic incomplete homework and class work. This is a great school well worth consideration for any family seeking real college preparation.

  • (1 year ago)

    CCSC is a great school. I am so blessed to have my children there. I have two children at CCSC. My son has ADHD and they help me and him. It's not an excuse for adhd student to have bad behavior. My son always have homework detention because of focusing and always forget his homework in the printer. I am mad when he has homework detention but I understand that help him a little bit. My daughter is different she is very organized and never have an homework detention. I suffer for my son but at the same time the school help me to do the same work that I am doing at home. As a single mom I am happy to have ccsc helping my children. The only thing I dont like is 2 phones call and 2 emails telling you that your child has a detention. It's depressing. Love you CCSC

  • (2 years ago)

    I am writing this review as a parent who went through some sort of boot camp with my child. My son isn't wanted at the school so he faces an expulsion. He has ADHD and sometime receives behavior detentions sometimes he receives hw detention. He has blessed someone for sneezing and got in trouble missed a step on his homework and received hw detention. A friend of mine has a daughter who received detention for placing her homework in the wrong bin. They suspend and expell students often the amount of kids in detention daily is unbelieveable and do are the reasons. I never knew how bad it was. I pray that more parents come forth and review this school. I saw a segment on the news about Charter schools and was horrified but it was too late. They have been doing alot of school cleanings lately I hope this school gets properly cleaned. Our children are our future. They should not be faced with embarassment and low self esteem.

  • (3 years ago)

    The teaching is excellent at the school. The kids are safe and happy. I definitely disagree with one of the reviewers. You should visit the school- kids are totally engaged and will even come up to you in the hall or class and let you know what's going on in the school. I'm really impressed with the college acceptance rate and the fact that kids are focused on their future. I'm also really touched by the role of the advisors. Parents get calls home regularly- and not just for bad things. Kids are known well here and that's really unique.

  • (3 years ago)

    CCSC made statewide headlines for its 10th grade MCAS scores this year. They ranked #1 in the state in math with 100% scoring proficient/advanced on the test. Four years ago many of these same kids scored poorly as seventh graders. In four years and in time to get the attention of good colleges the kids are all succeeding. Whats more every graduate from 2009 2010 and 2011 gained admission to college. Almost all of them went to four year schools. Places like Dartmouth and Bryn Mawr and Cornell... UMass Boston College Wheaton... This school doesnt get the credit it deserves... Great great school.

  • (3 years ago)

    CCSC is a good school and it has the potential to be a great school. As noted by other reviewers the facility is lacking--no gym cafe auditorium lockers or library larger than a broom closet. Extracurricular activities are slim to none. But I disagree with other posters about the teachers--they are dedicated and talented. And unlike unionized teachers they don't "punch out" at quitting time. My one criticism is that parental involvement in the running of the school (e.g. hiring committees) seems to be discouraged. Also while student community is certainly valued no effort is made to help parents get to know each other.

  • (3 years ago)

    Hate this school. There isn't any cafeteria gym or lockers and the teachers are extremely strict (I got a detention for forgeting to put my name on the homework). Also there's an enomous amount of homework. The teachers aren't that great and they act like they can't wait for the day to be over. Since there's 20-25 kids per class you can't get any one-on-one time unless you stay after school. If you go to this school you'll have to spend 3-4 hours on homework just to get a passing grade.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school gives a lot of work and the kids don't really seem happy. I would go around the school and everyone looked dead and sad. You might want a good education for your kids but you need to care about their happiness if a child is not happy they cant do good work and they will fail all their classed if you care about your child's happiness don't send them here.

  • (4 years ago)

    I hate this shool. This school is all talk but really no game at all. I would only recommend this school if your child has no life and is ready to spend lots of time on homework. I would say more that 3 hours and up if your entering for the 9th grade. And as you go to 10th 11th and 12th it increases.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is all about learning. The faculty and staff care about the kids and it's a close knit community. Disipline is harsh but is consistant with Charter school policy. If a child wants to excel there is every opportunity for them to do so. They can be tutored by mit and harvard students and resubmit and redo homework or quizes if they want to get better grades. They have AP classes for the older kids and in the first graduating senior class this past year one student got a full scholarship to Cornell! I think this school is a somewhat unknown gem in the Boston area which is why my child was able to get in through the lottery! I highly recommend this school!

  • (6 years ago)

    It's a great school that has been making good progress on how to deal with the kids. They have a great system in place as far as academic and discipline wise.

  • (7 years ago)

    This is a new school so it has not yet had the chance to find it's voice. It's a great school for parental involvement - parents are an integral part of school community and formation. The first year was a rocky and experimental year - the community was shocked to see how many disruptive troubled kids were enrolled here for 'babysitting'. The result is an almost 'over disciplined' approach that works but is sometimes harsh. The teachers are passionate and full of young energy but lack experience. It's a very touchy-feely liberal place too full of 'diversity' training. Long school days are great for working parents but tough on kids who have no time for friends sports and chores. Classes and subject matter are interesting. There's a uniform dress code.

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