Charter Schools USA (CSUSA) 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 is aligned to specific Florida Standards and is the framework of what is taught at each grade level. By aligning to the Florida Standards, the Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum ensures high expectations with a focus on college and career readiness from primary grades through high school. Timely and specific feedback based upon formative assessments of student performance on grade level expectations is given to establish individualized goals for all students and to modify instruction to meet the learning needs of all 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, post-secondary/workforce preparation and community collaboration while allowing the school to become a center of community support, civic participation, and community engagement.
Our character education program is integrated thoroughly within our classrooms every day. We utilize an evidence-based approach that has proven to ultimately result in higher student achievement and create positive communities throughout the school and beyond its walls. We use age-appropriate programs: Responsive Classroom, Developmental Designs and Restorative Justice to help students learn to deeply respect each other, establish positive and affirming relationships and develop solid communication skills that resolve conflicts and help everyone, including teachers, students and administrators to be successful members of every community. This ongoing character development starts in the classroom and continues on to hallways, lunch rooms, buses, and eventually to homes and neighborhoods.
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.