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. During the 2005 school year, the school became a regional charter school, opening its doors to scholars from Framingham, Natick, Ashland, Holliston, Sudbury, Southborough, Hopkinton, and Marlborough.
In 2005, the school was also 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 graduated its first class of eighth grade scholars. Those scholars have now graduated from high school and are attending prestigious colleges including M.I.T., Williams, Dartmouth, UMass Amherst, and the University of Chicago.
In May 2012, 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 scholars, a result of increased demand in the MetroWest community for a school effectively embracing both academic and character development for middle school scholars.
In July 2016, McAuliffe applied for the charter to be renewed through 2022. During the fall 2016 the DESE conducted a renewal inspection, which informed the renewal of the school’s charter. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) unanimously renewed the school for its 2018-2022 charter. Click here for McAuliffe’s DESE report card.
In December 2017 McAuliffe presented our credentialing portfolio to seven Expeditionary Learning panelists. After analyzing the portfolio and considering the team’s presentation, the EL panelists announced to the team that the Christa McAuliffe Charter School has met the rigorous criteria set forth to join 33 other schools as a credentialed school in the EL Education network.
In 2018 McAuliffe launched our next five year Strategic Plan.