Model Program

Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter School

67 Middle St.
Lowell, MA 01852

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Contact Information:
Mr. John E. Roberts
Grant Writer/Researcher

Program Specification:






Limited Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

High School


School Wide


Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities

Lottery Based Enrollment


Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter School (LMACS) is a public school catering to students who have left school prior to graduation and those at risk of dropping out. LMACS generally enrolls students 16 to 21 years of age. Graduates of the school must take and pass the 10th grade MCAS exams in math, English and Biology; all students complete a 50 hour internship, take additional course work in Ethics and Health, and have access to counseling on site.

Program Descriptors Include:
Academic Improvement, Bi-lingual/ESL, Career Education, Charter School, Counseling/Advisories/Coaches, Family/Parental Involvement, Homeless, Middle/Early College, Students with Disabilities, Study Skills, Substance Abuse, Teen Pregnancy, Life Skills Training

Strategies for Locating Students:

Starting Date: 1994
Students Served Per Year: 50-250
Reenrolled Students with Disabilities: 11-15%
Last Verified: 2010

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Has a learning disability or emotional disturbance
  • High number of work hours
  • Parenthood
  • High-risk peer group
  • High-risk social behavior
  • Low achievement
  • Retention/overage for grade
  • Poor attendance
  • Low educational expectations
  • Lack of effort
  • Low commitment to school

Family factors

  • Low socioeconomic status
  • High family mobility
  • Low education level of parents
  • Large number of siblings
  • Not living with both natural parents
  • Family disruption
  • Low educational expectations
  • Sibling(s) has dropped out
  • Low contact with school
  • Lack of conversations about school

School factors

  • Limited resources: expenditures per student/ teacher salaries/ student-teacher ratios
  • School size: too small/too large
  • School math achievement
  • School policies and practices
  • Student engagement

Community factors

  • Family composition/socioeconomic status
  • Local labor market/neighborhood stability

Program promotes the following:


  • Presence and involvement of caring, supportive adults
  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement
  • Clear social norms
  • Good relationships with parents, peers, and teachers
  • Perception of support from adults and peers


  • Healthy/conventional beliefs and standards
  • Positive/resilient temperament


  • Social competencies
  • Self efficacy


  • Problem-solving skills
  • Flexibility


  • High expectations by community, family, school, and self

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

The annual cost range of the program is over $500,000 or over $2000 per student.

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Federal Agencies
State Agencies
Local/City/County Agencies

Social Workers
School Administrators

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Instructional Texts/Manuals
Computer/Internet Based

Middlesex Community College, Project for School Innovation, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Coalition of Essential Schools, New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Evaluation Information:

The Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter School, an open-enrollment public charter high school, caters to students who have previously dropped out of high school, or those who are seriously at risk of doing so. The school was recently cited in a Boston Globe editorial for its 13 year track record of success.

How evaluation data was collected:
Data collected and analyzed at school/district level
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level

Additional Evaluation Information: