Q & A
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is a charter school?
A charter school is a publicly funded school that is founded by a group of people and authorized either by a school district or the Idaho Public Charter School Commission. Charter schools typically offer innovative teaching methods that are different than what is currently being offered in other public schools.
Q: How is a charter school different than a magnet school?
A: The main difference is in each schools organizational model. Charter schools operate as their own autonomous district and are run by a Board of Trustees. Magnet schools operate under a large public school administration that also oversees multiple other public schools within the same district. While both charter schools and magnet schools can offer unique instructional programs and approaches, charter schools typically have more flexibility than other larger district operated schools.
Q: How is The Village Charter School different than a neighborhood school or a magnet school?
A: The Village Charter School is a smaller school environment where students can feel safe, academic needs can be met on a more individual basis, there is more consistency from grade to grade and year to year, and individual interests are discovered and cultivated.
Q: Where isThe Village Charter School located?
A: The Village Charter School is located at 219 N. Roosevelt in Boise, although we are planning in 2-3 years move to a permanent location in west Boise in the vicinity of I-84 between Five Mile and Orchard Roads.
Q: If The Village Charter School is located in Boise School District but I live in Meridian district, will my children be able to enroll?
A: The Village Charter School’s primary attendance area includes part of Boise School District and part of the Meridian School District. If you reside within The Village Charter School's primary attendance area (boundary), you receive a higher priority for the lottery than if you don’t. (Please refer to the”Boundary” link under the "About" tab for specific attendance area information.)
Q: If I do not live in The Village Charter School’s primary attendance area, do my children have a chance of being enrolled?
A: Yes. As we are a young school, sometimes crazy things happen in the lottery. Also, if your children are in the upper grades, they have a better chance of enrolling as out of district students. Preference is given to students who reside within our primary attendance area, however, students residing outside the primary attendance area should also apply – You never know what will happen!
Q: What can I do to ensure that my children get in?
A: The first step is to completely fill out an Enrollment Request form on our website before the open enrollment period ends (find under the the 'Enrollment tab'). A lottery drawing takes place after the enrollment end date for any classes where the demand exceeds the spaces available. If you are signing them up after the lottery, your student/s will be added to the waiting list for their grade and offered enrollment on a first come first served basis.
Q: Do the teachers at The Village Charter School have degrees in education?
A: Yes, our teachers are all credentialed and in the middle school our teachers are highly certified. Several of our Paraprofessionals also hold credentials or are working toward Elementary Education degrees.
Q: How many classes and teachers are there per grade?
There is one class per grade and one full-time teacher as well as a part-time Paraprofessional per classroom. As of 2011, we have begun to add an extra class of Kindergarteners which will roll up every year until eventually we will have two classes per grade K - 6.
A: How many students per classroom teacher?
A: The maximum class size per grade is as follows: K-1st: 25 students per grade, 2nd-3rd: 30 students per grade, and 4th-8th 33 students per grade. These class sizes may seem large, however because we have Paraprofessionals in the classroom during direct instruction time is actually takes the adult to child ratio down significantly.
Q: Will technology and online learning resources be used as part of daily lessons or at least used regularly to enhance or supplement what is being learned?
A: Technology is important in a 21st Century learning environment. At the Village Chater School, technology is used regularly to enhance learning. The Village Charter School students use a variety of tools to gather information and solve problems including the Internet, software programs and other resources. Technology is taught through hands-on experience using laptops and/or desktop computers and other equipment. The Village Charter School will continue to add technology on a yearly basis as finances allow.
Q: What about opportunities to participation in sports, PE, math Olympiad, spelling bees, writing contests, etc.?
A: This is a great question. We will have P.E. classes on a regular basis. As for the math, spelling and writing competitions, participation in those events is up to the Administrator and staff. If there are any extracurricular activities that are not offered by The Village Charter School (including sport programs), dual enrollment is an option for all students as provided by Idaho Code 33-203.
Q: Will there be a quick and effective process to resolve problems when either a child disrupts the learning environment or a teacher needs help/tools to ensure an active, positive learning environment for all?
A: Yes, situations like these are the basis for the development of the ACE Approach. Please refer to our ACE Approach page on our website: http://thevillagecharterschool.org/focus/school-culture/ace-approach
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Thank you for your interest in The Village Charter School, a free public school K-8 located in Boise, Idaho.