As a former public school teacher and parent who chose a charter school for one of her three children, I would like to encourage parents to look seriously at our charter schools as an option for children having difficulty in the public school setting. My third child was a hands-on learner who struggled with reading. He was not flourishing in traditional education. I placed him in the tech-based, project-based Centre Learning Community Charter School, for fifth through eighth grade, and he excelled! He returned to public school in ninth grade with great success and went on to college to pursue a degree in computer engineering. At CLC he pursued his interests in computers and engineering via projects that engaged him fully. I don’t think he would have obtained the level of success he did without the help of CLC. He had the same teachers for two years at a time, had small math classes that allowed him to enter double accelerated math in high school, and he chose a CLC teacher as the most influential teacher he had for an awards ceremony his senior year. I was surprised to see CLC still has openings for this year. For whatever reason, from bullying to other social or academic concerns, I would encourage parents to explore charter schools as a viable option if this school year is not working well for your child. I am so glad we did!
Cindy Way, State College