Friday, September 26, 2014

Community Input Meeting- Learn about our School!

The founders of A4WCCS are holding a Community Input Meeting for families who are interested in learning more about the proposed regional Academy for the Whole Child Charter School.  Learn how this school will benefit your child!  There will be a short presentation followed by a question & answer session.

WHEN:  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2014

WHERE: Notre Dame Preparatory School, 151 South Street, Fitchburg, MA   Enter door closest to the parking lot.  Event will take place in the cafeteria.   Follow signs.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

MCAS Resuts Show Need to Lift Enrollment Cap on Charter Public Schools

STRONG MCAS RESULTS SHOW CONTINUED NEED FOR EXPANSION OF CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

September 19, 2014 | MCPSA
Just two months after the State Senate rejected legislation to lift enrollment caps on charter public schools, MCAS results show why those caps should be lifted. 
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Academic Performancee and MA Charter Schools

MASSACHUSETTS CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE CLOSING THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP!
Compared to their district school peers, a higher percentage of Massachusetts charter public school students are scoring proficient or advanced in all subject tests at every grade level. But it is in the challenging arena of Boston and our Gateway Cities that Massachusetts charter schools are making their most impressive strides.

Nationwide, there’s a disturbing and persistent achievement gap between rich and poor kids. Here in Massachusetts, however, charter public schools are proving that students from poor urban communities can achieve at the same high level of academic success as those children from affluent suburbs. Indeed, some of our urban charter schools that serve predominantly economically disadvantaged students and children of color are ranked among the best schools in the state.
 Urban charter schools consistently outperform their sending districts by wide margins

A higher percentage of African American, Hispanic, and economically disadvantage students enrolled in charter public schools are achieving “proficiency” in all subjects compared to their district peers

All 6 Boston charter high schools ranked among the city’s top 11 high schools (based on grade 10 English/math scores)

All 8 charter middle schools ranked among Boston’s top 10 non-exam middle schools (based on grade 8 English/math scores)

Boston elementary charters ranked in the top ten in the city in Grades 3 and 4 (English/Math)
More than 70 percent of Boston charter schools achieved Level 1 status, compared to only 21 percent of district schools

In the state’s Gateway Cities, more than 60 percent of charter schools were rated as Level 1 schools, compared to 16 percent of district schools

Thirteen different charters – including six from Boston – ranked Number 1 in the state on various tests based on the percentage of African American children scoring proficient or advanced.

Twenty-one different charter schools – including six from Boston – ranked Number 1 in the state on various tests.

Seven charter schools – including four from Boston – ranked Number 1 in the state based on the state’s Growth Model, which measures gains in academic performance over time

Boston charter schools erased half the achievement gap in a single year (2009 Harvard-MIT study)

By 8th grade, Boston students who entered charter schools in grade 4 improved their test scores to match Brookline's, one of the state's top districts (2009 Harvard-MIT study)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The TRUTH ABOUT CHARTER SCHOOLS

A reminder from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools that charter public schools serve ALL students.
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The Charter School Debate - CHOICE!


A choice debate - CommonWealth Magazine
"Choice lies at the heart of this debate, and the question, at some level, comes down to whether those who have plenty of it will extend the same privilege to those who typically have very little." Charter issue is about giving all families school options - read this well-researched article!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

CHARTERS ARE PUBLIC SCHOOLS!


National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
Over the past five years, the public charter school movement has experienced a dramatic 80 percent increase in the number of students and an astounding 40 percent increase in the number of schools. Despite this growth, there is still an overwhelming unmet parental demand for quality school options, with more than one million student names on charter school waiting lists. While charter schools enjoy tremendous bipartisan support among policymakers and the general public, they also have some vocal critics who perpetuate a number of myths about charter schools. Through our series, the Truth About Charters, we will lay out some of these myths and provide responses based on facts and independent research findings.



READ MORE:  http://www.publiccharters.org/truthaboutcharters/