[Paula Evans] resigned as principal of Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School after a controversial attempt to restructure the school in 2001. She touched off a firestorm shortly afterward when she launched her mission to found the new charter school, angering many who felt she had abandoned Rindge and Latin.
The school received more than 440 applications for its 180 slots, according to Evans. Of the 180 students, approximately 150 are from Cambridge, Evans said. The others are mainly from Boston and the surrounding towns. Approximately 40 to 50 percent of the students are part of the free and reduced lunch program.
Evans said the Community Charter School has formed partnerships with programs at Harvard and MIT and hopes to work with local companies like Genzyme, Biogen IDEC, and the YMCA. "We are just getting this off the ground," Evans said.