Boulware Springs Charter School Open House Presentation

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Open House: May 10, 2014
Agenda
O Introductions
O Board Members, Teachers, Staff
O What is a charter school?
O About Boulware Springs Charter School
O Why was BSC founded?
O BSC Vision and Mission
O The Boulware Difference
O Our teachers
O Enrollment Requirements
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Introductions
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What is a Charter School?
Charter schools are public, not-for-profit schools
allowed the freedom to be more innovative, while also
being:
O tuition-free and open to every student who wishes to
enroll
O non-sectarian, and not able discriminate on any basis
O publicly funded by local, state and federal tax dollars
based on enrollment
O held accountable to state and federal academic
standards
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About Boulware Springs Charter
O 501(c)3 nonprofit organization
O Will serve grades K-4
O 112 students for the first year, with plans to add
3 classes next year (a 5th grade and two primary
classes)
O Plans to expand to 288 (maximum) within 5
years
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Why was BCS founded?
- There was a need for a high performing elementary
school in East Gainesville
- There was a need for a school that provides extra
instructional time in Alachua County.
- There was a need for an innovative school that
offered alternative educational options from
traditional schools.
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Boulware’s Vision
We believe:
O an education is more than the
teaching of the core subjects
O a school, well connected with the
home and the community, is a place
for students to grow academically,
socially, emotionally and physically
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Boulware’s Mission
Boulware Springs Charter offers a rigorous and
high quality education that focuses on “3 C’s”:
O curriculum
O character
O cooperation
The school's philosophy is that without these three
components, students are unable to achieve their
maximum learning potential.
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The Boulware Difference
Boulware Springs Charter offers an innovative,
research-based program that includes, but is not limited
to:
O An extended-year calendar
O Extended instructional time
O A rigorous curriculum
O A strong arts, health, and foreign language program
O Mandatory parental involvement
O Character Education
O Individualized Student Learning Profiles
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Extended-year calendar
O Boulware Springs Charter School will operate under a
50/10 schedule:
O 50-day terms with a 10 day intersession after each of
the first three terms and a 6 week summer break after
the fourth term
O Students will benefit from this calendar because this
type of scheduling reduces learning loss during the
summer vacation and provides multiple opportunities
for tutoring, remediation, and enrichment throughout
the school year
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Academic Calendar for Year 1
2014-2015
July 21 – Sept 19
1st 10-week term
Sept 22- Oct 3
1st intersession- no school
Oct 6- Dec 19
2nd 10-week term
Dec 22- Jan 2
2nd intersession- no school
Jan 5- March 20
3rd 10-week term
March 23- April 3
3rd intersession- no school
April 6- June 5
4th 10-week term
June 8- July 17
4th intersession/summer break
July 20, 2015
Year 2 begins
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Extended Instructional Time
Research has shown that extended instructional time
is a very effective method for raising student
achievement.
Daily
School
Hours
School
Days per
Year
Instructional
Hours per
Year
Additional
Tutoring
Time
Time in
Social
Studies/
Science per
day
1 hour each
30 min each
Boulware
Springs
Charter
8am-4pm
190+
1,210 (K-5)
1.5 hrs,
four days a
week
Traditional
Schools
8am-2pm
180
720 (K-2)
900 (3-5)
None
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Rigorous Curriculum
O 1.5 hours daily for both math and reading
instruction for all grades
O 1 hour daily for both science and social
studies instruction for all grades
O Curriculum aligned with Common Core
standards
O Ability grouping for math and reading and
differentiated instructional strategies
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Strong Arts, Health, and Foreign
Language Program
We offer:
O Daily instruction in Spanish at all grade levels
O Environment Protection classes and outdoor education
O Art, Music, and PE classes that allow children to be
creative and express themselves
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Fridays
O Instruction ends at noon
O Family Friday Meetings
O A small group of students will be paired with an adult
mentor. Social/emotional support group and mentoring
program.
O School-wide activity
O Includes character education components, student
recognition, and activities such as movie/popcorn,
kickball tournament, or plays/skits.
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Parental Involvement
Parents will be required to sign a contract with the school
which obligates them to:
O Donate 10 volunteer hours to BSC per academic year, 5
hours for each additional child
O Attend a parent-teacher conference at least once per 10
week term
O Pledge to ensure their child adheres to attendance and
dress codes, as well as all other BSC rules and
regulations
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Character Education
O Research has continually suggested that when schools
help students gain a moral compass and form good
habits, schools have greater academic achievements
and a better school climate
O 30 minutes of classroom time each day dedicated to
character education
O Character education reflected in disciplinary plan and
reinforced with school-wide activities
O Public speaking and presentations used to build selfesteem and character
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Student Learning Profiles (SLP)
O Student Learning Profiles will be created for each
student and will set, track, and analyze student data
and goals
O Created upon enrollment and updated regularly.
O Teachers and staff create goals based on
1) Standardized Tests
2) BSC initial/final assessments
3) social/developmental skills
4) portfolios
5) IEP/ELL/ESE data (if applicable)
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About Our Teachers
We believe that teachers are the most
important aspect of a child’s education.
O Selection: We had a rigorous selection
process including an application,
interview, presentation of over 50
candidates.
O Our teachers: our 6 classroom teachers
all have Masters degrees and most have
additional Special Education, Reading,
and/or ESOL endorsement.
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Enrolling in Boulware Springs
Charter School
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Getting Accepted
O Our first enrollment period was from Feb 15th- April
30th. We received over 190 applications for 112 spots.
O We conducted a lottery and randomly selected 112
students. The remaining students were randomly placed
on a wait list.
O Those who have been accepted must turn in required
documents by May 16th or they will lose their spot and
students from the wait list will become eligible to enroll.
O Those who are still interested in applying may still do so.
They will be added to the wait list.
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Enrollment Requirements
O General Paperwork (due May 16th):
O K, Charter school, home school, or out of county
students: SS card, birth certificate, 2 proofs of residency,
immunization records and physical
O Coming from another Alachua County School: SS
card, birth certificate
O Optional, All students: an IEPs, report cards, test
scores, or other relevant information you may have
O ALL PARENTS/STUDENTS: must sign up for an
appointment in June to sign parental involvement
contract and have students tested for reading and math
placement
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General School Information
O Uniforms
O Polos, navy bottoms, close-toed shoes
O Transportation
O None provided
O Lunch
O Provided daily through School board for purchase or
free/reduced pricing. Can also bring from home.
O Drop-off/Pick-up
O No earlier than 7:30, no later than 5:30 (for after school
or tutoring)
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Questions?
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