What does a Sizer School education look like?

21st century skill building is just one focus of a Sizer School education

“We know every student by name. We want every student to succeed and they are an active participant in their own learning. We challenge every student academically and watch them rise to the occasion,” says Recruitment and Communication Coordinator Lindsay Sauvageau.

“Project-based learning, differentiated instruction, understanding each student - these are the ways our teachers coach and guide. Learning isn’t just about memorization, it’s about gaining a greater understanding of how the world works so that you can leave Sizer and be your best person,” continued Lunenburg-native Sauvageau.

Sizer School, located at 500 Rindge Road in Fitchburg, is a free, public charter school serving students in grades seven through twelve. As a North Central Charter Essential School, Sizer 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. Currently Sizer School is still accepting applications for grades 7, 8 and 9 for the 2020-2021 school year.

“Our school is made up of 370 students from 25 cities and towns. Our class sizes are between 15-20 with a student teacher ratio of 11:1. Being able to offer that kind of instruction has a real impact on the quality of education we can offer” said Sauvageau.

Students at Sizer School have access to award-winning athletics and arts programs, as well as a full range of after-school activities like Chess Club and Dungeons and Dragons. At the high school level, students take part in AP courses such as AP Physics and AP Environmental Geography. Through the Early High School STEM program, Sizer students can obtain as many as 12 college credits by attending Fitchburg State University, or Dual Enroll at either FSU or Mount Wachusett Community College.

Most recently, Sizer School has begun implementing the i-Ready diagnostic program.

“i-Ready allows teachers to get real-time data on where a student is academically in ELA and Mathematics so that classroom instruction can be adjusted to meet the students where they are and provide the best instructional support to get them where they need to be. The results so far have been tremendous,” said Sauvageau.

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General Information


Sizer School is chartered for up to 400 seats for grades 7 through 12. Sizer enrolls approximately 65-80 students at grade levels 7, 8 and 9. Sizer accepts applications for students entering grades 7, 8, and 9 and follows backfilling requirements as described below in sections 5 and 6.

Sizer School will only call for and accept applications for grades 10, 11, and 12 if determined necessary by factors such as size of current class, staff capacity, and overall enrollment needs. If Sizer School determines that it has openings in grades 10, 11, and/or 12, Sizer School will open an application process for the given grade(s), and will publish the number of seats available.

The total number of students attending Sizer School in a given school year cannot exceed the total number of students in the school’s pre-enrollment report submitted to the Department in the previous spring in accordance with 603 CMR 1.08(5) nor will the school admit students in excess of the school’s approved maximum enrollment.

Application Process

Sizer School’s application process is not integrated with that of our chartered districts (603 CMR 1.05(11)).

Sizer School’s principal application period is typically from November 1st until March 1st for the following school year. Applications for this principal lottery will not be accepted after March 1st at 11:59pm. Sizer School will re-open applications after March 1st at grades 7, 8, and/or 9 if the principal enrollment process fails to fill the available slots or the generated waitlist from the principal lottery at the respective grade level is exhausted. Note that in the instance in which Sizer School accepts additional applications for grades where a waitlist has already been established from the principal lottery, Sizer will exhaust the initial waitlist prior to holding another lottery for those additional applications.

Public notice of application deadlines is made at least one month in advance of the application deadline. Sizer School posts deadlines for accepting student applications in the enrollment section of the Sizer School website and on the Sizer School calendar (www.sizerschool.org).

To apply for the principal lottery to Sizer School for the upcoming school year, an application must be completed and submitted to the school prior  to March 1st. Applications can be filled out in the enrollment section of the school’s website (www.sizerschool.org). To request a paper application, it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to contact the Recruitment Office (info@sizerschool.org, (978) 345-2701 ext. 411), or request one in person at Sizer School (603 CMR 1.05(6)).

Sizer School will not set any principal application deadlines or hold any enrollment lotteries for student admission for the upcoming school year until after January 1st and shall conclude its principal enrollment process no later than March 15th of each year (603 CMR 1.05(3)(c)).

For more information please contact the Student Recruitment office at info@sizerschool.org or 978-345-2701 ext 411.

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