Who is the Ashland Elementary Charter School For? All families with students, grades 3-5, who are interested in a project based learning experience for their child.
What is Project Based Learning?• Project Based Learning can work for children of all abilities and interests who would like an alternative to the traditional model and a “hands on” approach to their education.• In Project Based Learning (PBL), students go through an extended process of inquiry in response to a complex question, problem, or challenge. Rigorous projects help students learn key academic content and practice 21st Century Skills (such as collaboration, communication & critical thinking). For more information about project based learning visit: The Buck Institute for Education www.bie.org
What a charter school is and isn’tIs: A public school, open to all children. Part of the school district. Authorized by the school board by means of a performance contract. Governed by a separate charter council. Ours is an instrumentality, staffed by certified teachers who are employed by the district.Isn’t: A voucher school A private school A magnet school Ours is not run by a for-profit corporation Intended to serve either at-risk or high-performing students.
Things to know about the Ashland Elementary Charter School The maximum number of students is 100 in grades 3-5. It will be located in the 3rd grade pod at LSI. It will be ateacher led school. It will be project-based, multi-age,and will use advisory based learning communities of 20 students/teacher. Grant funds will be used for training and start up costs It will be budget neutral, operating on the same per-pupil dollars as the rest of the district. The board has decided that there will be no layoffs to staff the charter school; charter teachers will be district employees.
During the planning year the charter council, teachers, and administrators will plan the details of our new school. The curriculum Schedule and school day Encore/related arts integration Report cards/student assessment system The role of volunteers Technology plan Administrative support We will have lots of support from other schools and project based learning and charter school consultants.
How will enrollment work?• Wisconsin state law determines much of the enrollment process in public charter schools.• All district students will have a chance to enroll in January 2013 prior to open enrollment.• If more than 100 students enroll a lottery will be held to determine enrollment.• If less than 100 students enroll, out of district students will have the opportunity to open enroll in February 2013.
A quick history of the Ashland Elementary Charter School project… Community members have been talking about the need for educational options for the past few years. A team of teachers, administrators and school board members did research last fall, visiting several charter schools. The board approved a recommendation for a planning group to draft a grant for a project- based charter last December. The board also approved planning for a middle school charter grant in 2013 and a high school charter grant in 2014. A committee convened in January (administrators, teachers, parents and community members) to draft the grant and met weekly through March. August 2012, DPI awarded the School District of Ashland a Charter School Planning Grant. The charter planning team and appointed governance council continue to plan for the schools opening in fall of 2013.
Next Steps for creating the Ashland Elementary Charter School November 2012: Hire Lead Teacher November 2012: Learning opportunities for teachers and community about Project Based Learning (PBL) December2012 /January 2013: Begin Open enrollment, hire teachers, begin planning for charter implementation grant. Spring-Summer 2013: Teachers begin planning school curriculum and schedule Fall 2013: Ashland Elementary Charter Opens!
Questions:Contact School District of Ashland Office:715-682-7080or visitashland.k12.wi.usLook under the “Departments” menu for “charter school project”You can also stay tuned to charter schooldevelopments through:•LSE school newsletter•School District of Ashland Facebook page.