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Roxbury Preparatory Charter School

Roxbury Preparatory Charter School (Roxbury Prep), a public middle school located in Mission Hill, prepares its students to enter, succeed in, and graduate from college.  Roxbury Prep was founded in 1999 by Evan Rudall (current CEO of Uncommon Schools) and John King (current New York State Commissioner of Education), with the philosophy that all students are entitled to and can succeed in college preparatory programs when: 1) the curriculum is rigorous, engaging, and well-planned; 2) the school emphasizes student character, community responsibility, and exposure to life’s possibilities; and 3) a community network supports student academic, social, and physical well-being.  Roxbury Prep currently serves 238 students in grades 6-8.  The student body is composed entirely of students of color.  Most students live in single-parent households and over 75% qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.  The academic progress students consistently make at Roxbury Prep proves that the achievement gap can be closed, establishing a replicable precedent for its future schools.  Although many students enter several grade levels behind academically, by 8thgrade these same students are outperforming their peers in Boston as well as across the state.  On the 2011 MCAS exams Roxbury Prep 8thgrade students ranked 14th in the state on the Math exam, out of over 500 schools.  Roxbury Prep 7th graders ranked in the top fifth of all schools on both the Math and English Language Arts exams.  The Governor once again named Roxbury Prep a Commendation School, a recognition bestowed on less than 10% of schools in Massachusetts.

Dana Lehman
Financial Model
NewSchools Investment