As a public school, The Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School (Parker) complies with all state and federal regulations on safety and non-discrimination. The application process is open to all residents of Massachusetts; enrolled students must be residents of Massachusetts. The school’s size is limited by its charter. The Parker School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, sex, gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, age, ancestry, athletic performance, special need, proficiency in the English language or a foreign language, or prior academic achievement. Demographic information (like race and home language) requested on the application is optional; it is used for state reporting purposes and is not intended for and will not be used to discriminate. As a public school, there is no cost to apply to or enroll at The Parker School, and there are no admission requirements beyond completing and submitting an application prior to February 1st. The Parker School does not administer any tests to potential applicants, nor is enrollment based on results of any test of ability or achievement. The Parker School does not provide transportation to students; it is the responsibility of parents/guardians to arrange for transportation to the school for enrolled students. (Note that the parent/guardian community facilitates a robust carpooling system for enrolled students; more information about this carpool system is provided to families who receive an offer of admission.)
Parker serves approximately 400 students in grades 7 through 12 each year. Each school year, Parker expects to enroll between 60 and 70 new students entering 7th grade. Parker accepts applications for students entering 7th, 8th and 9th grade. Parker’s attrition rate is quite low; if and when a spot becomes available in the 7th, 8th or 9th grades, new students are admitted from the waitlist for those grades, as established through the lottery that happens the first week of each February (see The Waitlist and Backfilling). Parker does not accept new students into grades ten, eleven, and twelve and therefore does not accept applications for those grades.