The Public Interest

Boston’s City On A Hill

Sarah Kass

Fall 1996

CITY On A Hill Charter School in Boston, one of the first 14 charter schools in Massachusetts, opened its doors to 65 ninth and tenth graders on September 5, 1995. It is the only charter public high school in Boston, and the only charter school in Massachusetts founded and managed by teachers. Its students come from all over Boston; they are selected by lottery without regard to past performance in school. Like their peers in other urban public high schools, City On A Hill students are predominantly African American (56 percent), Hispanic (9 percent), and Asian (6 percent), poor (54 percent), and reading below grade level (72 percent).

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