Charter School Ideas

Charter School Ideas

Charter School Ideas

What kind of new public charter schools could we see in St. Louis? This list is the result of the imagination of St. Louisians eager to see new schools and is in no way exhaustive. The list was produced to generate enthusiasm for charter schools, entice individuals and organizations to start a school, and help potential applicants think about community partners.

If you have an idea for a charter school in St. Louis, or if you are an organization that would like to partner with a potential school, let us know.

Academy of Horticulture, Agriculture and Bio-Tech (Grades 7-12)

As the field of agriculture becomes more specialized and technologically complex, and as the fields of biotechnology and alternative energy continue to expand, the economy is placing a high demand on individuals skilled in agriculture-related areas. This school will explore careers in biotechnology; agricultural and bio-systems engineering; natural-resources management; waste management; and food microbiology. Students will participate in internships and summer employment with local cultural institutions and businesses with this focus.

Business and Entrepreneurship High School (Grades 7-12)

The school's curriculum will focus on business management and ownership and real-world learning strategies. The goal of the business high school is to prepare students to successfully manage and own business enterprises in a 21st century global economy. All students will gain an understanding of successful business practices including: finance; investment; research and development; quality control; and sales. This school will recruit students whose parents work or live downtown, and will be co-located within a business. Partners include chambers of commerce, business groups and business publications. Incoming seniors will participate in national and international internships.

College Prep School of Law and Social Justice (Grades 7-12)

With a focus on the law and social justice, the curriculum of this school is rigorous, connected to real-world experiences in law firms, courts, law-enforcement agencies and community-based organizations. Students participate in mentor relationships and community-service projects.

Core Knowledge Elementary School (Grades K-8)

The "Core Knowledge" movement is based on the premise that a body of common learning is necessary to ensure a sound and fair elementary education. The core curriculum has been outlined in two books - Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence and Core Knowledge Sequence, K-8 - that state explicitly what students should learn at each grade level. The Core Knowledge movement has spawned a national network of affiliated schools.

eMINTS (Grades K-12)

Using carefully selected hardware and software, teachers who are well trained in both constructivist, inquiry-based instructional practices and in current technology provide students with a 21st century education. Each classroom is equipped with a teacher laptop and workstation; a SMART Board™ and projector; a scanner, printer and digital camera; and numerous computers (one for each student in upper grades; one for every two students in lower grades)

Forest Park School (Grades K-8)

The board of directors for this school consists of the education directors at the key museums, centers and public agencies located in Forest Park. Students and teachers connect to the assets of one of the world's most beautiful urban parks. Students are prepared to attend high schools with an emphasis in athletics, METS or the arts.

Health Care High School (Grades 9-12)

Located within a medical center complex, and developed in partnership with the a medical school, pharmaceutical college and community college, this college-preparatory program emphasizes scientific inquiry, critical thinking, and effective communication. Students explore various health careers (medical, dentistry, optometry, pharmaceutical, etc.) and in various settings (hospitals, research-laboratory, as well as with private and community-clinic settings.) Dual-credit courses are offered and students earn certification (such as CNA, CMT, and EMS) with their diploma.

Culinary and Hospitality Institute of St. Louis (Grades 7-12)

Students learn about the various career choices in the hospitality industry in St. Louis and beyond. This school, connected to a major hotel chain and to agencies that assist in convention and event planning, students get real-world experiences and acquire the 21st century skills that will aid them in employment or college. Students earn duel community college credit toward an associates degree.

Foreign Language (Mandarin, Arabic, French, etc.) Immersion Schools (Grades K-8)

All grades and all subjects are taught in a selected foreign language. English is taught as a separate course. Students are also exposed to the culture of countries that use the school's language as their native language. Graduates are fluent in English and the foreign language by graduation, and are prepared academically to enter a college prep high schools.

St. Louis Children's Zone (K-8)

Based on the exceptional work of Geoffrey Canada with the Harlem Children's Zone, this school serves a targeted neighborhood. The school not only contributes with outstanding educational services, but it links families with social, medical, vocational, mental health, and recreational services. These "extra" are offered at the school or linked to agencies within the neighborhood. Neighbors and parents are involved in the operations and governance of the school.

IB High School (imbedded in a charter high school)

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme is a challenging two-year curriculum, primarily aimed at students aged 16 to 19. It leads to a qualification that is widely recognized by the world's leading universities. In addition to preparing students for admission to top-tier universities, the Diploma Programme encourages them to ask challenging questions and develop the ability to communicate with and understand people from other countries and cultures. This offering may be particularly attractive to home-school parents.

International Studies School (Grades K-12)

The curriculum is focused on diversity and the appreciation of different cultures, while promoting academic excellence and foreign-language acquisition. The primary mission is to prepare elementary students with the skills necessary for life-long learning by providing a physically and emotionally safe learning environment that supports academic risk-taking, invites student participation and fosters cooperative learning experiences. The high school offers a college-prep curriculum and could be connected to language immersion schools.
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METS High - Mathematics, Engineering, Technology, Science (Grades 7-12)

Students experience a rigorous college-prep curriculum and coursework that focuses on careers in bio-tech, earth science, engineering, aviation, computers and research. Regional METS focused incubators and universities with strong METS programs partner with this school.

Missouri Military Academy (7-12)

Using the Department of Defense's curriculum, this school provides military science along with an emphasis on engineering. This school provides the discipline and structure young men and women need, building character, leadership skills and academic proficiency.

School of Applied Technologies (Grades 7-12)

This school exposes students to careers in industrial manufacturing, transportation, logistics, engineering and robotics. Students attend school year-around, with paid employment opportunities available. The school partners with a technological college for dual credit.

Sports Sciences Academy (Grades 7-12)

The Sports Sciences Academy is a career-focused program offering an interdisciplinary educational program that prepares youth for successful admission into college or immediate transition into the 21st century workplace. The Academy's areas of concentration will include: Sports Communication; Sports Fundraising; Sports Management; Sports Marketing, Manufacturing and Merchandising; Sports Nutrition; Physical Education; and Sports Law. This school will partner with the major-league and NCAA teams, community-based organizations, local media and the municipal recreation department for summer employment and internships.

Teacher Charter Schools (K-12)

These schools are jointly operated the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers. Run as a cooperative, these schools have no permanent administrator - teachers collectively manage the school's operations. The curriculum is rigors and all children are prepared for post-secondary admissions.

YES - Youth, Education and Service (Grades 9-12)

Students focus on the careers that help children, such as teaching, youth development, social work, juvenile justice, early childhood education and after-school. Students develop leadership and organizational skills though self-governance, fundraising and project planning activities. By interning in various child-serving agencies, student gain a deeper understanding of employment possibilities in the public and non-profit sectors.

Virtual Charter School (K-12)

This Internet-based school is designed to be used by a variety of students: children who are sick or disabled; the home-schooled; those failing in a traditional classroom; or those needing a more challenging curriculum. Students could enroll full-time in the virtual school or take a particular course.

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