The Sequoia Union Elementary School District board of trustees voted unanimously Thursday, April 14, to approve a charter school petition for its transitional-kindergarten through seventh-grade for the 2016-2017 school year.
Charter schools are public schools that are allowed the freedom to be more innovative in the curriculum while still being held accountable to the state for advancing student achievement. Because they are public schools, charter schools are open to all children, do not charge tuition, and do not have special entrance requirements. There are currently more than 1,100 charter schools in California.
The “charter” establishing each school is a performance contract detailing the school’s mission, program, students served, performance goals, and methods of assessment.
Parents and guardians seeking to enroll their child may do so in person through Wednesday, May 11 at the school, located at 23958 Avenue 324 in Lemon Cove. Enrollment forms are available at the school office or online at sequoiaunion.org.
The move marks the start of an exciting time for Sequoia Union, a TK-8 school with approximately 300 students. Exploration of a charter began in 2012 and to see it finalized is gratifying.
“To see the excitement and opportunity that transitioning to a charter school has brought to the district and community has been amazing,” said Dr. Jeremy Powell, principal/superintendent. “We look forward to continuing to offer hands on-real world learning opportunities to our students in an environment that encourages parent participation and involvement.”
Transitioning to a charter school has several benefits. Enrollment will be stabilized, the school will have greater flexibility in the curriculum offered, local experts can be hired to teach Project Based Learning electives, and families interested in joining the Sequoia Union community will be able to do so.
To ensure a quality educational experience for all students, Sequoia Union will follow an established growth plan. Openings are anticipated in kindergarten through third grades, but interested families in other grades are welcome to apply and will be enrolled as space is available.
Enrollment will be determined by a priority list and is not on a first-come, first-served basis. If more applications are received than spots available, a random lottery will be held in the Sequoia Union gym on Thursday, May 12.
Campus tours will be offered for those interested in attending Sequoia Union. Tours will be held at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, and Wednesday, May 4. Please call the school to reserve your spot as space is limited.
Information for this article contributed by Lisa McEwen of Exeter.