Do Framingham families have preference over other towns?

No. Framingham is one of 8 towns in our region: Ashland, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Marlborough, Natick, Southborough, and Sudbury. All applicants who live in these towns will have the same likelihood of being accepted unless they have a sibling currently attending the school, in which case the applicant has sibling preference. Families who live outside of our region are welcome to apply, but regional families are given priority.

When are lottery applications due?
Lottery applications are due Friday, February 28, 2020.

Can I attend the lottery?
Yes. McAuliffe’s lottery will be held at our 139 Newbury Street campus on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 6pm. Snow date, Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 6pm.

Do I need to attend the lottery to find out if my child was accepted?
You do not need to attend the lottery. We will email families the following day so that you know if your child was accepted or placed on the waitlist. Letters will also be mailed the following week.

If my child is accepted, does that mean she’s enrolled?
No. Enrollment forms, including a record release form and proof of residence need to be submitted to the school by the indicated deadline. Enrollment forms are due within 10 days of the enrollment offer.

How many applicants are there?
The final number of applicants for the 2020-21 school year will be determined after the February 28, 2020 application deadline. In recent years, we have had 250-300 applicants for the sixth grade class.

How many families accepted during the lottery typically enroll in the school?
There tends to be an 80% acceptance rate. McAuliffe invites families off of the designated waitlist until all open seats seats are filled.

How does the waitlist work?
McAuliffe invites families off of the waitlist as spaces open up. Once a scholar is invited to enroll at McAuliffe, they have 10 business days to confirm enrollment by submitting paperwork to the admissions office. The waitlist process tends to take time, so we encourage all families on the waitlist to remain patient through the spring. We’ll do our best to keep you updated regarding waitlist movement.

I have twins. If one twin is accepted is the other accepted too?
Unfortunately, no. If you have twins or triplets and one child is accepted and others are on the waitlist, sibling preference will kick in as soon as one of your children begins school at McAuliffe. Thus, if in September you have one child enrolled and the other on the waitlist, the child on the waitlist will move to the top of the waitlist.

Should I attend an Information Session or a Tour?
Yes!Evening Information Sessions aim to give families a more in depth understanding of our  program showcased by McAuliffe’s Student Admissions Team. The evening Information Sessions include hands on activities for prospective students. Daytime tours are another great way to see McAuliffe. During an admissions tour, guests will visit a few classrooms to see McAuliffe in action. There will be an opportunity for Q&A. Each tour is limited to 12 attendees to keep classroom disruptions to a minimum.

How does the school afford all of the fieldwork activities that scholars go on?
McAuliffe covers 50% of all fieldwork (up from 25% in previous years). There is an annual student activities fee that can be paid in full or in increments during the year by check or credit card. The 2019-20 fee per scholar is $325.

My child is receiving special education services right now. Can they attend McAuliffe?
Yes. McAuliffe is a charter public school so we are responsible for providing special education services and accommodations to scholars with Individualized Education Programs (IEPS) or 504 plans. Upon enrolling your child, we ask that you submit a copy of their current IEP or 504 plan so that we can best plan how to support your child. CLICK HERE for more information.