City on a Hill’s Statement on City on a Hill New Bedford’s Accountability & MCAS Results

FOR RELEASE: September 24, 2019                               Contact: Jordan Pina /

Statement can be attributed to Kevin T. Taylor, CEO

NEW BEDFORD, MA – September 24, 2019According to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education’s 2019 Accountability measures, City on a Hill New Bedford has made “moderate progress toward targets” and will remain in the accountability category “requiring assistance or intervention.” Moreover, City on a Hill New Bedford’s MCAS results for school year 2018-19 demonstrate the need for more work to be done on behalf of the school’s students.

“At City on a Hill, we stand by the strict accountability standards that govern all public schools in the state, including charter public schools,” said City on a Hill CEO, Kevin T. Taylor. “Our results are not where we need them to be, and we remain committed to the ongoing work that is required to ensure that every student receives a high-quality public education that will help them become college and career ready.” 

In a letter mailed to families dated September 24, 2019, Taylor shared a detailed and transparent analysis of results, and outlined a six-part strategy that will help transform the academic experience of all of City on a Hill’s students, which includes, but is not limited to: additional supports and trainings for teachers, investments in new and proven curriculum, more frequent monitoring of student progress, and additional opportunities for targeted student supports.

“Families that have decided to send their children to City on a Hill deserve more from us,” said Taylor. “I am confident that through our continued partnership, the hard work of all of our teachers and staff, and an investment in this new strategy, we will start to see results on behalf of our kids.”  

About City on a Hill

City on a Hill Charter Public School New Bedford opened in September 2014 and is part of a network of three college preparatory high schools in the cities of Boston and New Bedford that was founded in 1995. Each City on a Hill school is tuition-free and open to all students. City on a Hill schools do not have entrance exams; students are admitted by a random lottery.

City on a Hill has college-prep academic standards for all students, a strong and safe school culture, and the commitment to the structures and supports that help students reach their full potential. With a strong emphasis on citizenship, City on a Hill teaches students that they have the power and right to make changes in their school, communities and world.

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