What is a charter school?
A charter school is a public, tuition-free school. It is established by community members, parents, and future teachers and administrators. In order to be approved, a charter school must go through an application process per the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
When do you plan to open?
We hope to open for the 2019-2020 school year.
How are charter schools approved?
Charter Schools must go through an application process outlined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. For more information, visit PDE's Charter School webpage.
What happens if the charter application is rejected?
We applied to the Ringgold School District on November 15, 2016 and our initial application was rejected. It is not uncommon for districts to reject a charter application the first time around. We are in the process of revising our application. If we are rejected again, we will appeal to the Charter School Appeal Board (CAB). If that doesn't do the trick, we will reapply and keep going. We believe in our mission and are in it to win it.
What grades will your school offer?
We plan to begin with grades K-8 and will expand to grades K-12. Our plan is as follows:
Year 1: K-8; Year 2: K-9; Year 3: K-10; Year 4: K-11; Year 5: K-12. There will be two classes of approximately 25 students for each grade level.
Does your school accept Special Education students?
As a public school, we accept any and all students that we have space for, including Special Education students. Research on our models of instruction suggest that students with special needs benefit from competency-based education.
Where will your school be located?
As we have already applied to the Ringgold School District, we are considering a variety of options within the district boundaries. We are also considering applying to a district that borders Ringgold.
Is your school "common core"?
There are a lot of misconceptions about what it means to participate in state testing and adhere to the Common Core and/or PA state standards. What needs to be understood is that all public schools in the state of Pennsylvania must align their curriculum to the standards identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) as well as participate in state testing. This includes charter schools, because charter schools are public schools. That said, all school districts have the freedom to respond to high-stakes testing and engage students in standards-aligned curriculum in the way that their school boards and district leaders see fit.
Prominence Charter School will not be a "teach to the test" school and will instead focus on individual student growth. It is our philosophy that students perform better in school and life (and, yes, standardized tests) when skill gaps are addressed at their roots through personalized and small group education rather than "pushing" students through a traditional time-based curriculum.
Will students have to wear uniforms?
Yes. Because we are a STEM based school, we feel it would be safest for students to have uniforms that include shirts, lab coats, and safety goggles.
Will after school care be available?
While not part of our original plan, if an expert in this area wants to work with us to help make this a reality, we are open to suggestions. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org