In the cookie-cutter curriculum system in place in most public schools, with each student in the class using the same book, and every child doing an assignment from the same page, there is little room for the exuberant joy and love needed in order to pursue wisdom. At Coral Community Charter School, each child’s talents are acknowledged and applauded. Each child is known. Each child is encouraged to stretch and grow and expand. Coral Community Charter School students are stimulated by a curriculum that is specially designed to challenge them. With personalized educational plans, students can set their own pace, compete with their peers, and move forward as rapidly as they wish and are capable of doing. With set guidelines and checks and balances in place, our students are independent learners and go as far as they are able on any given day.
No two students have exactly the same skills or learning style. That’s why we create an individual learning plan for every child. Your plan will receive a combination of direct instruction, small-group work, and one-on-one tutoring in a unique way that supports your student.
How are public charter schools different? Public Charter Schools are independent public schools that are free to be more innovative and are held accountable for improved student achievement. They foster a partnership between parents, teachers and students to create an environment in which parents can be more involved, teachers are given the freedom to innovate and students are provided the structure and individualized attention they need to learn.
A More Structured Learning Environment Charter schools are mission-focused schools. At their best, charter schools provide a more structured learning environment, greater student discipline and increased parental involvement.
Improved Student Achievement Charter schools are granted certain waivers from state laws and public school codes. In exchange for more autonomy, they are held more accountable for improving student achievement.
Increased Flexibility School leaders are permitted more flexibility when managing their school, allowing them to respond to parents and students needs. Charter schools hire and fire their own personnel, manage their own budgets and
report to their own board of directors.
Rewarded Quality High quality teachers are rewarded for their excellent service. Teachers in charter schools must be certified by the state and meet
federal requirements for highly qualified status.
Increased Options Charter schools give parents public school options when it comes towhere to send their child to school. Any child may attend a public charter school—there are no tuition or entrance requirements.
Enrollment is generally done on a lottery basis. Involved Community One of the advantages to sending your child to a charter school is the greater role parents may play in their child’s school. You can participate in its governance, its teaching philosophy -- even its curriculum. Consider joining your school’s governance council and taking a direct hand in its actions. The 1999 Charter School Act strongly encourages parental involvement in every aspect of charter school operations. Parental and public involvement is necessary for any public school to succeed; for charter schools that need is even greater. Parents can help by participating in your school’s fundraising efforts by joining your school’s PTA or analogous organization. If your school has one, consider joining your school’s non-profit foundation, which generally works toward supplementing the charter schools’ operational budget or helps build school facilities. Non-profits organizations associated with a charter school work to ensure charter school students have access to the same opportunities enjoyed by other
students in traditional public schools.
Decreased Size Charter Schools generally are smaller in size than conventional public schools. They endorse a specific academic program that is unique to the school. They are managed by their own governance council and enjoy site-based governance. In exchange for this greater freedom, charter schools agree to operate with less funding, so they receive even less money per pupil than other public schools in New Mexico. That is, charter schools receive no money for capital outlay, or public school building and maintenance. That means they must take money out of their operational funds to pay for a lease, rent and facility maintenance. Thus in many ways charter schools require an even greater level of parental involvement and indeed, the spirit of the 1999 Charter School Act strongly encourages it!
Charter School Myths
Myth #1: Charter schools are private schools funded with public dollars.
Fact: Charter schools are authorized by the state Department of Education and follow the same laws as traditional schools, including assessment and testing, special education, health and safety, and due
process for expulsion and tenure.
Fact: Charter schools do not charge a fee or tuition.
Fact: Any child may enroll in a charter school. If there are more students than spaces available, the charter school must select
students using a lottery process.
Myth #2: Charter schools do not represent the demographics of their districts.
Fact: Charter schools are not magnet or selective enrollment
schools and cannot pick who opts to attend.
Fact: In some communities, there is a misperception that charters do not serve special education students, so it is possible that fewer parents of special education students explore charter school options.
Myth #3: Charter schools simply expel students they don’t want.
Fact: Both traditional district schools and charter schools can expel students. Charter school students have the same rights to due process as traditional public school students, including the right to a hearing.
Myth #4: Charter schools aren’t accountable to the public.
Fact: Charter schools are required to undergo charter renewal after their first five years and at least every five years thereafter. During the renewal process, the school must demonstrate its effectiveness and value to their authorizor, as well as local school districts and parents. No other type of public
school has this rigorous review.
Fact: Charter schools are accountable for providing an excellent education that fulfills the school’s mission; the school can be closed down if it does not fulfill its educational promises or function in an
economically responsible way.
Fact: Each school is held financially accountable. Schools are required to submit quarterly reports to the Dept. of Education.
Fact: Because they are schools of choice, charter schools are accountable to the parents and students who attend their school. If parents are not happy with the school they can choose to remove the child from the school.
Myth #5: Charter schools take money from school districts.
Fact: The funds raised through state and local taxpayers for education are dedicated to children, not districts.
Fact: Charter schools are the only public schools that receive minimal public funding for facilities. They must pay for their buildings from their operating budgets, taking dollars away from students.
Myth #6: Local communities don’t have a say in whether a charter
school opens in their district.
Fact: Charter schools reject the notion of one-size-fits-all when it comes to education; rather, they are designed to fill the needs as
determined by members of the community.
Fact: If enough people in the community decide they want a charter school, then the law gives them an opportunity to start a public school
as long as they can prove a need.
Fact: Based on waiting list numbers throughout the state, there is a demand for the kind of innovative education programs that charter schools offer.
Myth #7: Schools with a unique academic focus, so-called “boutique schools,” have no place in public education.
Fact: Charter schools are designed to give teachers the freedom to innovate, try new ways to improve student achievement, and develop successful new teaching models that work for all students in all communities. By doing so, they can raise the bar even higher in districts where
the bar is already set high.
Fact: Now, more than ever, the children of today will have to compete in an interconnected world where having language skills and a deep appreciation of world cultures will be in high demand.