Charter Schools USA is one of the nation’s largest providers of charter school management services in the United States and a leader in the development and design of charter schools. As its mission states, “CSUSA creates and operates high quality schools with: an unwavering dedication to student success, an unyielding commitment to ethical, sound and efficient business practices, providing a superior choice for all stakeholders that fosters education excellence in America.”
Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum
With the CSUSA Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum at its core, the Charter Schools USA Educational Model provides the process for improving student learning and academic achievement. Our Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum includes the Florida Standards grouped and mapped in a particular way to ensure they can be mastered within the time given. It is the framework of what is taught at each grade level and ensures high expectations with a focus on college and career readiness from primary grades through high school. Teachers have the ability to use various resources to deliver the curriculum in a way that best meets the needs of their students.
Community Centered Academic Programming
Each Charter Schools USA school is an integrated part of the surrounding community and reliant upon strategic partnerships with community organizations, businesses and individuals to drive student success. Each school should serve as the anchor of the surrounding community by facilitating resources and initiatives that meet the unique needs of students, families, and the community, and capitalize on the assets and resources of the local community to enhance the student learning environment . This innovative strategy for incorporating the community and its assets into the design and development of programming is the Community of Character framework. This framework integrates community partners in learning and lifelong activities that make it a model for academic achievement, data-driven instruction, youth development, postsecondary/workforce preparation and community collaboration while allowing the school to become a center of community support, civic participation, and community engagement.
The Community of Character framework integrates a focus on academic rigor, citizenship, and experiential learning where teachers and students apply STRIVE 65 (character education programming) in a real community environment within the school and provide opportunities for interaction with external partners throughout the school and across the community. Small learning partnership environments are created in areas such as community service, investors and entrepreneurship, scientific learning, media and the news, cultural awareness and the arts, student government, and a host of others designed to capitalize on community partnerships and providing students with experiential learning opportunities geared toward academic and postsecondary success.
Character education develops students socially, ethically and academically. Charter Schools USA’s Character Education or STRIVE (Schools/Students Taking Responsibility for Important Values of Excellence) is at the core of each CSUSA school’s curriculum. Our goal is to not only develop good students, but also good citizens. As a part of this effort each CSUSA school is an integrated part of the neighborhood that surrounds it. Our schools rely on partnerships with community organizations and local businesses to drive their innovative character-based educational programs.
Individualized Approach To Learning
- Personal Learning Plan (PLP) for each student that will assess his/her skill level when he/ she enrolls in the school.
- A path for growth is designed for each student which is periodically reassessed to determine skill development.
- The PLP will ensure that the individual needs of each student are met and will provide parents the opportunity to participate in educational goal setting and monitoring of their child’s academic progress.
Meaningful parent involvement in a child’s education is crucial for his or her success, therefore every effort will be made to keep parents engaged and informed. Parent volunteering opportunities are available at the School and individualized to meet the needs, demands, and capabilities of the individual student/family. This volunteer plan has the intention of providing increased parent visibility in the School, which will show students that they are supported in their academic endeavors.
Daily communication with the teacher is encouraged through use of the agenda book, in which students track their homework assignments for each day and messages are sent home. Parents will have real-time access to their child’s gradebook to monitor progress in every subject. Progress reports and report cards are distributed every quarter, and parents are encouraged to schedule conferences to discuss student performance and progress toward mastery of grade level standards. The School will offer Curriculum Nights for parents to attend and learn about various educational topics, such as state assessment information or home-reading strategies.
World Language in Grades K-8
Offered as a “specials” class once a week in grades K-5 and as an elective in 6-8, the focus of the world language program is learning about the language in the areas of communication, culture and community. Students develop conversational and written skills, as well as formal language skills, required for living in a diverse environment. Through studying literature, song, dance, food and other aspects of culture, students will build an understanding of the relationship between the different perspectives and products of various cultures. Application of this knowledge will afford students the ability to recognize cultural practices and the uniqueness of various communities