Rising Tide is Now Designated as a Regional Charter Public School.
Starting with the enrollment period for the 2014-2015 school year, Rising Tide has shifted the designation of its defined district to that of a regional charter public school. Residents of the following school towns are now included in Rising Tide’s region:
How Does this Impact the Lottery?
At the lottery, cards for applicants are organized by grade level and then placed in one of three pools for each grade level, listed in order of priority for admission: sibling, resident, and non-resident. The shift to a regional school does not impact the sibling category. The shift does impact the second pool, the resident pool. Residents of the above-listed towns will now be drawn from the resident pool. Residents of any other towns in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will be drawn from the third pool, the non-resident pool.
Will Transportation Options Change?
The designation as a regional charter public school will not change the transportation available for families. Because the school is located in the town of Plymouth, residents of Plymouth will still be eligible for bus transportation. Residents of any other town will need to drive or carpool.
Why the Shift to Become A Regional School?
Choice: One of the core assertions for establishing charter public schools in Massachusetts has been “to provide parents and students with greater options in choosing schools within and outside their school districts” (M.G.L. c. 71, § 89 (b)).
Rising Tide is committed to providing choice in public education; we are pleased that our college preparatory public school is a choice for more families.
Access and Equity: In admitting students, Rising Tide does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, age, ancestry, athletic performance, special need, proficiency in the English language or in a foreign language, or prior academic achievement. With the shift to becoming a regional charter public school, Rising Tide is able to add greater access to more families within a reasonable travel distance to the school. Of the seventeen non-urban Commonwealth charter public schools in Massachusetts, Rising Tide was one of the only schools not designated as a regional school. The shift to enable more equitable access to Rising Tide is consistent with the regional designation of nearly all other non-urban charter public schools.