Philosophy and Goals
"We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character- that is the goal of true education. The complete education gives one not only power of concentration but worthy objectives upon which to concentrate. The broad education will therefore transmit to one not only the accumulated knowledge of the race but also the accumulated experience of social living."
--- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The Chesapeake Public Charter School believes that:
- Meaningful learning occurs naturally within a framework of a trustworthy community
- Small schools and class sizes encourage community and increase learning
- In a learner centered, inquiry-based setting, children learn through hands-on experiences and social interaction, extending into the community
- Substantive, rigorous content motivates students to master literacy skills as they investigate engaging topics and communicate their discoveries
- An 11-month school year and carefully structured school day maximize time periods of concentrated learning
- An integrated, brain-based curriculum enables students to make relevant connections to everyday life and to become self directed learners
- A character development program that teaches social skills and good judgment is important because we need to teach students not only knowledge, but how to use that knowledge well
- Through parent compacts and commitment to direct participation in the daily life of the school, as well as parent partnership in the development of their child’s personal education plan, the level of parent involvement vital to student success is assured
- Within a reflective learning community, teachers collaborate regularly to reflect on teaching and assessment and to make innovations and adjustments that serve students well being and steady progress
A defining outcome of this educational philosophy is that students become life-long learners as well as citizens who contribute their unique talents to benefit the communities in which they live.
The primary goals of the Chesapeake Public Charter School are:
- To establish a diverse and reflective community of learners that includes children, parents, teachers, and community members
- To provide a choice of educational opportunities
- To promote the successful development of the whole child
- To use reflective practices to assess progress/growth in learning
- To keep the urge to learn alive in every child