The mission of each Springs Charter School is to empower students by fostering their innate curiosity, engaging their parents, and promoting optimum learning by collaboratively developing a personalized learning program for each student.
Springs’ Keys College and Career Prep Senior Brianna Zietz was honored by the Murrieta Chamber of Commerce as a February Student of the Month. Brianna has been in the Keys program all four years of her high school experience. She shared that Springs has given her the opportunity to succeed as an independent learner, excel academically and enjoy a comfortable learning environment.
Taking Such Classes Can Be a Benefit to Students, Says Director of High School Programs
Beverly Voechting, Springs’ director of high school programs, reports that there has been a “huge” increase in the number of college courses taken by Springs high school students this school year. Last year, Springs High School students took 135 classes online from Barstow Community College as compared to 425 in the present year. Eighty-one percent of Springs students pass their classes, as compared to 75% of college-aged students.
Springs High School students can work towards an Associate of Arts degree beginning in their 9th-grade year. Degrees are offered in Liberal Studies and Social Science. There are 31 dual enrollment courses that Barstow Community College has agreed to allow Springs students to take online. Springs students receive priority registration and are supported by College and Career Coordinator Kathy Crudo. The courses completed can count toward college and high school graduation in either the core subjects or post-secondary areas.
Springs’ Temecula Student Center celebrated Kindness Week by spreading “kindness and positivity throughout our campus and community,” reported Principal Valerie Walker. She continued, “It was heartwarming watching students participate in activities all week long that celebrated and promoted kindness.”
Springs held three school-wide competitions in this past month. On January 11, Springs held its History Day Competition and Science Fair Invitational, and on January 17, Springs held its Spelling Bee Invitational.
Julian Tsai, a 12th grade student with Springs’ Journey Homeschool High School, daily practices Kendo, a Japanese martial art that uses bamboo swords and protective armor, and believes the skills he has learned with it help him in everyday life. In February, he competed in the Mori Hai Tournament in Fountain Valley and earned third place. When he’s not practicing Kendo he’s playing the shamisen, a three-stringed Japanese instrument that can be a challenge to play.
Recent trips for students of Springs Virtual Village (Montessori Voyage and Virtual Academy) include a Winter Wonderland Park Day at Los Serranos Park in Chino Hills and a visit to the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum. Students created ornaments at the park, and were given books to take home and read. At the museum, students learned about dinosaurs and viewed native gardens.
Charter schools are independent public schools with rigorous curriculum programs and unique educational approaches. In exchange for operational freedom and flexibility, charter schools are subject to higher levels of accountability than traditional public schools. Charter schools, which are tuition-free and open to all students, offer quality and choice in the public education system.
The charter establishing each such school is a contract detailing the school’s mission, program, goals, students served, methods of assessment, and ways to measure success. In California, charters are granted for five years. At the end of the term, the entity granting the charter may renew the school’s contract. Charter schools are accountable to their authorizer, and to the students and families they serve, to produce positive academic results and adhere to the charter contract.
Like traditional public schools, charters receive state funding based on a formula for each child enrolled in the school. Many charters also do additional fundraising to obtain grants and donations to pay for programs that are not fully funded by state or school district formulas. When lawmakers passed the Charter Schools Act of 1992, California became the second state in the country (after Minnesota) to enact charter school legislation. The intent was to allow groups of educators, community members, parents, or others to create an alternative type of public school.
Springs Charter Schools are parent choice schools where the community is our classroom. Our mission is to foster the innate curiosity of our students, empower their parents, and promote optimum learning by collaboratively developing a personalized learning program for each student.
Eagle = Choice, Freedom, Initiative
River = Community
Book = Empowering Parents (Knowledge is Power)
Torch = Curiosity, Passion for Learning
Hands = Collaboration
Keys = Personalization, Unlocking the Student’s Potential
Oak Branches = Continuous Lifelong Learning
Springs Charter Schools
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