Award Year: 2019

Community Day Charter Public School - R. Kingman Webster

439 South Union Street, 3rd Floor
Lawrence, MA, 01843-3820

(978) 681-9327

Ms. Mary Chance, Principal at time of Nomination

Charter School

Community Day Charter Public School - R. Kingman Webster (District)

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The school strives to address the unique learning styles and special characteristics of each child to cooperatively work to make learning individualized, active, and well-balanced.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 3%
  • Hispanic: 94%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Two or more races: 1%
CDCPS-Webster provides a well-rounded education for grades K1-8 students

CDCPS-Webster provides a well-rounded education for grades K1-8 students

The Community Day Charter Public School (CDCPS)- Webster is a K1-8 public school located in Lawrence, MA. The school opened in fall 2012 with plans to replicate the successful practices of CDCPS-Prospect, which received national recognition for its success of closing the achievement gap for its students. Our student demographics reflect a primarily Hispanic population. We believe all students can achieve academic success and are committed to giving students the time and support they need to meet challenging learning standards. The school actively fosters a culture of focused learning, respect, and personal responsibility. Standards-based curriculum is the centerpiece of the CDCPS academic program and provides the roadmap for day-to-day instruction. Teachers integrate extensive data analysis of students' capabilities with the curriculum resources to make real-time adjustments to create a rich and effective instructional program to meet the diverse range of student learning needs.

The school provides a regular eight hour school day (8 AM-4 PM), longer than most public schools. After-school programs offered throughout the school year, vacation week's Lift-Up Academy and a month-long summer program give students additional learning time and access to enrichment experiences that are the norm in more affluent communities. Parents as partners are the foundation of CDCPS-Webster. Parents, teachers, and school leaders work collaboratively to plan and implement programs that contribute to a culture of collaboration, support for learning, and appreciation for the diversity of languages and cultures present in the school. CDCPS educators develop relationships with public and private high schools, local philanthropists and scholarship organizations to ensure that families have access to school and financial assistance information necessary to consider a full range of secondary school options and to provide a smooth transition from grade 8 to high school.