Frequently Asked Questions
Foxborough Regional Charter School Frequently Asked Questions
What is a charter school?
Authorized by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Education Reform Act of 1993, charter schools are independent public schools that operate under five year charters granted by the Commonwealth’s Board of Education. Charter schools are usually proposed by teachers, school leaders, parents, non-profit organizations, or other members of the community.
How much does it cost to attend Foxborough Regional Charter School?
Charter schools are tuition free schools of choice. They are funded by tuition charges assessed against the school districts where the students reside. The state provides partial reimbursement to the sending districts for the tuition costs incurred.
What is the mission of Foxborough Regional Charter School?
Foxborough Regional Charter School will provide students a challenging academic program to prepare them for college by stressing achievement, discipline, hard work and accountability. We will continually challenge all of our students, regardless of ability, so that we will lead the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in all statewide standards and assessments.
Foxborough Regional Charter School will promote positive ethical, moral, and civic values and prepare students to serve their community as leaders and good citizens. We will present students with projects and issues requiring critical thinking, problem-solving, decision-making, and real-life applications of their academic studies through our Student Life and Community Service Learning programs, which are integral components of the overall educational experience at Foxborough Regional Charter School.
Foxborough Regional Charter School will commit itself to providing a supportive, professional, and challenging environment for its teachers and staff, which recognizes the value of professional development, creativity, and initiative. We will constantly seek new ways to allow our teachers and staff to perform to the best of their potential in a collegial atmosphere, which recognizes unique talents and the commitment to excel.
What is the difference between Foxborough Regional Charter School and a traditional public school?
Charter schools are public schools of choice that may have very traditional educational programs . What makes them distinctive is their exemption from many local and state regulations that apply to traditional public schools. These exemptions allow parents, teachers, community leaders, educational entrepreneurs, and others greater flexibility to innovate, create, and provide students with increased educational options. Charter schools must be sponsored by designated local, state, or other organizations charged with monitoring their quality and integrity while holding them accountable for academic results and fiscal practices. Implementation of charter schools began with legislation in Minnesota in 1991, and 40 states now have charter laws.
What towns does Foxborough Regional Charter School service?
The school currently enrolls almost 1,300 students from 20 neighboring communities that make up our district including Attleboro, Avon, Brockton, Canton, Easton, Foxborough, Mansfield, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, North Attleboro, Norton, Norwood, Plainville, Sharon, Stoughton, Walpole, West Bridgewater, and Wrentham.
Who can enroll?
Enrollment is open to children of the Commonwealth with priority given to the children that reside in the twenty (20) cities and towns that comprise the Foxborough Regional Charter School. Proof of residency shall include any one of the following: a valid driver’s license or a voter registration card and a current utility bill or rent receipt. All applications must have a valid Massachusetts address listed as their permanent residence, and to which all communication will be mailed to be eligible for the lottery.
When can I fill out an application?
- Kindergarten – Children must be five years of age by August 31st of the year of enrollment in order to be eligible for the kindergarten lottery.
- First Grade – Children must be six years of age by August 31st of the year of enrollment in order to be eligible for the first grade.
Preference shall be given to siblings of students attending Foxborough Regional Charter School. Per the Department of Education, the word “sibling” refers to persons who have a common parent, either biologically or legally through adoption. Whether the children reside in the same household has no bearing on determining if the children are siblings for purposes of a sibling preference. Children who live in different households may be siblings and children who live in the same household are not necessarily siblings.
Is there an entry exam?
While the School does not administer examinations for entrance, students are assessed after enrollment as a diagnostic tool to benefit teachers and prepare them to help new students access the curriculum.
Is transportation available?
Foxborough students are transported to the school by town buses. For all other sending districts, regional bus service has been implemented to make the school more accessible to parents. This regional bus service is limited and ridership is not guaranteed. This fee based program operates on a first come first served basis.
Is there an after school program?
Foxborough Regional Charter School offers an Extended Day Program. It is a supervised, fee-based program for students grades K through 8. Students are provided a snack and given the opportunity to choose an activity in which to participate.
- The program operates immediately after dismissal until 6:00 PM.
- Students are not allowed to leave the school grounds and re-enter the Extended Day Program.
- Parents/guardians are required to sign their children out at pick up.
- Children are released only to the person(s) whose name(s) are listed on the Extended Day Enrollment Form.
- There is an additional fee for any pick-ups after 6:00 PM
Is there a dress code?
Yes. Foxborough Regional Charter School has a strict Dress Code Policy that may be viewed on our website in its entirety. School colors are navy, white and khaki. All tops must have the school logo and can be purchased through the school’s vendor, SchoolPride.
When will my child learn Spanish?
Our Spanish program starts in kindergarten and continues up through twelfth grade. FRCS students have tested out of college level Spanish requirements.