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Sizer School, a North Central Charter Essential School

Sizer School, a North Central Charter Essential School is a coeducational public charter school for students in grades 7 through 12.

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Brief History: Sizer School, A North Central Charter Essential School, is a free public school located in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. The school’s founding group, closely associated with the Francis Parker Charter Essential School in Devens, desired to address a concern that very few students from Fitchburg or Leominster, two racially and economically diverse small cities, were attending or applying to Parker. Sizer School founders hoped to provide the same type of high quality learning environment to a diverse community of learners.

Chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in May 2001, the school opened its doors to 235 students in grades seven to nine in September 2002. In June 2006 North Central Charter Essential School graduated its first full class of graduates with 95%+ of these students heading to college or a post-secondary programs. In 2014 North Central Charter School became Sizer School, in honor of Ted Sizer, founder of Essential Schools and his wife Nancy Sizer, Teacher, Leader, Author and Lecturer, as we moved to our new facility.

Serving students from 7th through 12th grade, the school is chartered to enroll up to 400 students from thirty cities and towns in central Massachusetts, including, but not limited to: Ashburnham, Ashby, Clinton, Fitchburg, Gardner, Lancaster, Leominster, Lunenburg, Princeton, Sterling, Templeton, Townsend, and Westminster.

The school's faculty and staff are some of the most dedicated and talented professional in Massachusetts public schools. They are deeply committed to do whatever it takes to ensure student achievement. The school boasts small class sizes, a safe and supportive learning environment, and students who out-perform their peers from other areas public schools. Sizer School prides itself on creating a personalized learning plan for each student.

Our Vision: We are an innovative public school that meets each and every student where they are as individuals and learners.

We do what it takes to inspire passionate, creative and life-long learners who achieve personal greatness, are prepared for the future and engage with and give back to the world.


Sizer School Curriculum.... ...Uses performance-based assessments which ask students to achieve a complex task, putting them into real-world or simulated situations that require higher-order thinking skills. ...Is interdisciplinary (incorporates multiple areas of learning.) ...Includes project based learning (Grade Level End of the year projects, Junior Exhibition & Senior Projects) ...Use Essential questions which are the links that make connections for students between Math and Science, English and Social Studies, Art, and Wellness.

Mission Statement

Sizer School, a North Central Charter Essential School, is a public school where students are known personally, challenged intellectually, and participate actively in their learning. Guided by its commitment to diversity and inclusiveness, the school seeks to send graduates into the world who THINK for themselves, CARE about others, and ACT creatively and responsibly.

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Public charter schools are supported through lower levels of direct, public funding, as well as though private subsidies. As with district public schools, they do not charge tuition to students who attend them.


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64% of students graduate from Sizer School, a North Central Charter Essential School

Academic Calendar: Semester

Test Scores

1400 Average score for the SAT Composite

Test Section Average Score
SAT Math 459
SAT Verbal 490
SAT Writing 451

Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 358
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
7 57
8 64
9 76
10 60
11 58
12 43

Sizer School, a North Central Charter Essential School's relatively variable enrollment profile may offer insights into student retention rates, local population changes, real estate costs, and the accessibility of alternative educational options. to find out more about the specific factors influencing Sizer School, a North Central Charter Essential School's enrollment numbers.

Student Teacher Ratio 11 : 1
Gender 51% Male / 49% Female
Socioeconomic Diversity

49% of students qualify for a free or reduced price school lunch at Sizer School, a North Central Charter Essential School.

Student Diversity
Percentage of Student Body
White 75%
Multi-racial 3%
Hispanic/Latino 18%
Black or African American 4%
Asian 1%
Contact    Margaret DeRoo


Welcome to Sizer School, home of the White Tigers! This year promises to be an amazing year with all of the many clubs that will be forming during the beginning of the school year. Through participation in the clubs, students will become a part of the rich tradition of our school. Research has shown that participation in extracurricular activities is a great predictor for success in adult life. Positive participation in activities also shows students level of commitment in their school. The opportunities for making friends, achieving personal growth, traveling to new places and developing new skills are limitless. The Sizer School staff encourages students to get involved in the after-school program. Please take the time to read this handbook and review the process with your club members as well. The purpose of this handbook is to provide Clubs and their Advisors the information and the forms needed to successfully function as a school club and navigate the paperwork required to hold events and fundraisers. In order to start a club, the Application, Roster, and the Advisor Contract need to be turned into the Enrichment Coordinator as soon as possible. The club will not be approved until this paperwork has been submitted. Copies of required forms to charter your club, as well as commonly used forms are included in this handbook. All questions should be directed to your club advisor, but you can also ask the Enrichment Coordinator. As a Sizer Club, you are making an invaluable difference by involving students in the school, building relationships, and serving as positive role models. It is our expectation that clubs will be active in the school community and participate in school-wide events. Clubs should advertise on campus, in the daily end of the day announcements and in the Friday Flash. Sizer School is able to provide a safe and welcoming place for students to meet and discuss their similar interests under staff supervision within the school.
  • Baking
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Choir
  • Cross Country
  • Drama/Theater
  • Engineering Club/ Engineering Society
  • Environmental Club/ Environmental Awareness Association
  • Field Hockey
  • Gay Straight Alliance
  • Hiking
  • Hip Hop
  • Lacrosse
  • Music Ensembles
  • Peer Helper Program
  • Peer Mentoring and Support
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Student Ambassadors
  • Student Council
  • Track and Field
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga
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