New Upper School Network


Heads of Upper Schools (L-R) Ralph Watson, Jamel Adkins-Sharif, Mirko Chardin, Manuel Fernandez, and Deborah Sercombe. Learn more >>

The Innovation Agenda aims to provide students with a superior academic and social experience that will increase achievement, close achievement gaps, and build 21st century skills. A new rigorous Upper School Program will be provided to all Cambridge students in grades 6-8. This program will be offered to students through a new Upper School Network, consisting of four "upper campuses." The Upper School Program will also be offered to students in grades 6-8 attending the Amigos School.

See the Upper School Brochure and the Superintendent's welcome letter to students in grades 5-7.
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All upper schools in the network and the Amigos School will share the same school start and end times: 8:55AM. to 2:55PM. This shared school day will support CPS and its partners in providing rich out-of-school-time programming to middle grades youth in Cambridge.

Cambridge upper schools are designed to preserve the close relationships our students, staff, and families value. Cambridge upper schools are much smaller than traditional middle schools in other communities, which often range in size from 400-1000 students. Cambridge upper school campuses will serve approximately 260 students. These campuses will provide the closeness and community we value, while providing the critical mass of students and teachers we need to offer rich programming. In addition, these campuses will better prepare our students for their transition to CRLS, a high school serving approximately 1600 students.

The Cambridge School Committee approved the Innovation Agenda by a vote of 6 to 1 on March 15, 2011. A community-wide implementation planning process began at that time and will continue throughout 2011-12.

Learn More
Upper School World Cafe Feedback: May 2013
View the Upper School Assistant Principal's Profiles
MLK School Construction Project
Out-of-School-Time Programming