School presents its schedule

North Routt charter director pleased so far

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— Students at the North Routt Charter School have a similar school schedule to that of the Steamboat schools with a lot more flexibility. The charter school presented a draft of its 2002-03 goals and daily school schedule to the Steamboat Springs School Board.

North Routt Charter School director Mary Bramer said the school will follow the schedule presented to the board for a few weeks and then begin to integrate more place-based education practices.

Bramer said she is pleased with the start of the school year.

"We are really happy the way things have started this year. The teachers have done a terrific job of preparing," she said.

The charter school is required by its own accountability committee as well as the Steamboat Springs School District's accountability committee to create school goals.

The charter school's goals include student improvement in reading, writing and math CSAP scores, student improvement in the District Writing Assessment, at least a 10 percent increase in students' scores on the Scott Foresman Wesley Graded Inventory Tests, meeting students' A Year's Progress guidelines in math and reading and reaching the charter school's goals for achieving student virtues and success and self-understanding.

Bramer said the charter school has an environmental goal "where students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the environment and climate of the 'place' through creating a successful community flower garden." She said students will use journals and create individual project portfolios to meet the school's student virtue goal.

The goals will be audited in the spring by a committee formed with an equal number of residents from the North Routt and Steamboat Springs areas.

The charter school is not required to share its school goals with the Steamboat Springs School Board because it has its own school board, Bramer said. She said the charter school does keep the school district informed as a courtesy.

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