Please note that Equity Lab Charter School will no longer be accepting applications for the 2018 to 2019 school year. We regret to inform families that at the present time, we will not be opening a public charter school in Lynn, MA. In future years, our plan is to open a regional charter school serving Greater Lynn.
Interim Commissioner Jeff Wulfson had planned on awarding Equity Lab a charter because our application "substantially met the criteria for approval" (see Memos 1 and 2 below). Unfortunately, the commissioner could not award a charter to Equity Lab because the Lynn Public Schools are no longer ranked in the lowest 10% in the state. District ranking determines the number of charter school seats available in any MA district. While we congratulate Lynn Public Schools for improving their performance in MCAS (MA state assessment), we are heartbroken for Lynn families who were looking forward to sending their children to Equity Lab.
Please click below to read Interim Commissioner Jeff Wulfson's memos about Equity Lab and the charter school cap in Lynn:
We encourage you to contact the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education if you have any questions or concerns. Please contact Alyssa Hopkins, School Development Manager at the Office of Charter Schools and School Redesign:
We thank you for your interest and support. We deeply apologize and wish you the best as you look for public school options for your child. We are currently in the process of opening Equity Lab in Lawrence for the 2019-2020 school year pending the approval of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Please check back in the coming weeks for details.