Codman Academy Charter Public School received its charter from the Massachusetts Department of Education on February 27, 2001.
We opened in September 2001 on the site of one of our primary partners, Codman Square Health Center (see picture) with a founding class of 32 ninth graders. CACPS is Dorchester’s first charter high school. The school was created in response to a strong community need for a college preparatory, small high school in the Codman Square/Four Corners area. Most of Codman's 145 students, chosen by lottery, live in Dorchester, Roxbury, or Mattapan. Students attend school six days a week, with an extended day Mondays through Fridays. 100% of Codman's graduates have been accepted to college. 70% of alumni are enrolled in college or have graduated.
The Codman program is holistic, addressing students' physical and mental health needs along with academics. Based upon Expeditionary Learning principles, the curriculum stresses depth over breadth of content and fieldwork designed to reinforce classroom learning. Strong emphases on the arts and social justice issues are cornerstones of its curriculum.