Opening, Growing and Sustaining a Chinese immersion charter school


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Opening, Growing and Sustaining a Chinese immersion charter school

  1. 1. Education & Business2 sides of starting & growing a successful Chinese Immersion charter school
  2. 2. • (insert cute student pics - for overview) – (overview - say below) – great year coming up - new faces, new spaces – start with a little history about Yu Ying – learned – changes for this year 2
  3. 3. Nurturing Excellence• Our Model: International Baccalaureate with Chinese Immersion• Our Goal: Provide DC (and our children) with a world class education• PreK 4 - 4th grade growing to 8th grade
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  5. 5. 4 Years of Rapid Growth• 2008-9 130 Students, 28 Full time staff• 2009-10 198 Students, 35 Full time staff• 2010-11 240 Students, 40 Full time staff great 1st year testing results• 2011-12 365 Students, 55 Full time staff $6m+ budget Renovated & purchased a 40,000 square foot building
  6. 6. EconomicsINCOME• Marketing - get the students in: $3000 for facility & $9000 per student• Development (grants) - don’t leave any money on the table: Startup grants, Title II, FLAP• Programs - Aftercare: develop programs that can make $ and supplement your budget.EXPENSE: STAFF, Facility, StudentNET INCOME: savings for a building, rainy day, programimprovements. 6
  7. 7. StructureBusiness Side:Marketing,Raising Money,Managing Money,Buying & Managing the Facility,Working with support organizations 7
  8. 8. Yu Ying Demographics• Race: 47% African American, 30% Caucasian, 18% Asian, 5% Hispanic• 23% FARMS• Children from all over the city but 50% from adjacent wards• Accept students until 2nd Grade, 8% attrition• 2012-13: 685 applications for 48 spots 8
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  10. 10. Facilities Financing (millions)Sources:$ 1 down payment$ 1 grant$10.275 construction loan -> Govt Bonds$ 2.7 gap financing from CSDC & OSSE$ .225m+ for other costs$15.2 total costs (approx)Uses: 7.1 in purchase price. 8.1+ inrenovation & development 10
  11. 11. Community Support• Staff & Students• Yu Ying Parent Association• Yu Ying Board• Public Charter School Board• OSSE• Building Hope & CSDC• Other organizations: FOCUS, Association, OAPIA
  12. 12. Educational Model Collins (2001) lists the following as steps organizations need to go through to turn from good to great• Getting the Right People “on the bus”• Confronting the brutal facts• Developed a Hedgehog Concept• Created a Stop Doing List 12
  13. 13. Staffing• Getting the right people on the bus • Passion • Knowledge • Flexibility • Hard working • Open to change • Creating a pipeline of excellent staff • Developing supportive school culture 13
  14. 14. “Hedgehog Concept” We developed our “1 big thing” by answering the following questions:• What can we the best in the world at?• What can we afford?• What do I/my staff care passionately about? 14
  15. 15. Critical Look• When we ripped off the bandaid - what did we find?• Wrong people• Staff needed training• Curriculum was in need of updating• School culture 15
  16. 16. Education Summit• Invite all staff members• Off site• Provide food• Make lots of lists 16
  17. 17. Yu Ying 2012 We have developed the “magic momentum”• Staffing• Curriculum• Assessment• Culture• More great things to come! 17
  18. 18. (insert pics - say great staff, amazing community &the resources to get stuff done! 18
  19. 19. What we have accomplished• Built a school that is in its 4th year• Success in the CAS and growth school wide• The only Chinese / English Immersion School in DC• Standardization of Curriculum.• A great Program of Inquiry and history of implementation• An amazing Aftercare program• A school that is well-resourced & financially secure• A permanent home with acres to explore & room to expand• AN AMAZING TEAM!!• A really involved Community• Budding partnerships to continue to help support the 19 school
  20. 20. What we have learned• Planning & Collaboration!• Get the right staff in and keep them• 25/50 was a lot of students so now 12-18/36• Challenging Model!• Academic summer program• Standards, testing & alignment are critical• Great interest in our program• Our program needs to be supported at home• Save every penny for the building
  21. 21. Looking to the Future• PreK 3 Full Immersion• Creating a Joint Middle High School• Opening a second Yu Ying in DC• Sharing resources with other schools 21
  22. 22. Thank you & QuestionsMaquita AlexanderMary Shaffnerinfo@washingtonyuying.org202.635.1950 22