What is a charter school?
A charter school is an independently run public school that is granted greater flexibility in its operations in return for greater performance accountability. The “charter” establishing each school is a performance contract detailing the school’s mission, program, students served, performance goals and accountability metrics. As public schools, charters are free and open to all families. Charter schools are schools of choice. Students and parents have to make a proactive decision to attend a charter school. If the school does not meet their needs, they can leave and find another school that does.
Does it cost to attend?
No. MOSAICS Public School, like all charter schools, are free, public schools.
How do I enroll my student into a charter school?
A parent or guardian must submit an application for enrollment for their students to enroll. Applications submitted before the the lottery date have the best chance of securing a seat. The application for MOSAICS will be opened towards the end of September.
How does the lottery work?
As a charter school, we have a limited number of seats available to students. We will be enrolling students in kindergarten through 4th grade our initial year. There will be 60 seats available at each grade level. If we have more applications than seats available at each grade level, the school will hold a lottery. The lottery provides preference in the following order:
1) Founders and staff children (no more than 10 % of enrollment)
2) Siblings of enrolled children (this applies after the first round of the lottery)
3) Children who live in the attendance area
4) Children who live outside the attendance area
Once the lottery is held, families whose children were drawn for a spot will be notified about their child being enrolled. If one sibling in a family is picked in the lottery, the rest of the siblings will also be lottered into the school. If a child did not make the initial lottery, they will be put on a wait list in the order they were drawn. If an opening becomes available, the students on the wait list are called and offered the position.
What services do you offer for students with special needs?
Students who have Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) will have access to Occupational Therapy (OT), Speech Language Pathology (SLP), and special education services. We will hire a full time special education teacher and a full time aide to support students with special needs.
How will students use technology in classrooms?
Technology will be used in the classroom to enhance the educational experience, not replace the teacher. Our students will be using technology to research, to collaborate, and to create. We plan on having 1 device per 2 children in grades K-2 and 1 to 1 devices in grades 3-8.
Are there free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch programs?
MOSIACS Public School will be a part of the National School Lunch Program. Families who qualify for free and reduced-priced meals will be able to use the program at MOSAICS for both breakfast and lunch.
Is kindergarten all day?
MOSAICS is proud to offer full-day, every day kindergarten.
What are the focuses of your school?
MOSAICS Public School focuses on STEAM education through inquiry projects. We also focus on building community stewards--students who purposefully use their time, talents, and resources to improve the community around them.
Is busing provided?
Our school will provide busing inside the attendance zone; however the busing will be provided to specified pick-up and drop-off points, which are identified once we know how many students will be riding the bus and where they live. While we will try to make the busing routes as convenient as possible for families, your family may have to travel to a drop-off and pick-up point to access the transportation.
What is the attendance area?
Students who live in the attendance area are given preference in the lottery.
Do students wear uniforms?
Students at MOSAICS will wear uniforms. The uniform policy will be determined by the board of directors.
When is the first day of school?
The first day of school will be August 25, 2020.