Published on June 30, 2014
2 Aloha Students and Parents! Welcome to Innovations Public Charter School. The following is a brief overview to help you better understand our school and how we operate. We hope you take a moment and sit down to read this handbook together as a student and a parent so that you understand the school’s philosophy and support it throughout the year. Together we will achieve a stimulating and fun-filled educational experience. What is a Charter School? Charter schools are free public schools of choice. They are governed by a Governing School Board that determines policy, secures funding, and does the hiring for the school. Charter schools are free from purchasing restraints and other bureaucratic restrictions allowing for innovative teaching programs. They are required to follow all health and safety codes, teach to the state standards and be in compliance with union agreements. Charter schools are reviewed annually by the Charter School Commission for fiscal and student achievement accountability. Innovations Philosophy and Structure Educational Philosophy and Curriculum IPCS was developed as a cooperative effort between teachers, parents, and community representatives. This charter school enables colleagues with the same vision and mission to plan and work together. Common educational philosophy agreements among the staff and reduced staff size enable decisions to be made in a timely manner. Students at Innovations learn how to learn - how to question, how to research, how to analyze, and how to be successful working independently and with others. Our ultimate goal for students is the development of a love of learning and the ability to think critically and solve problems, with awareness of the environment and the outside community, and with the capacity to be active and productive citizens. IPCS is committed to providing every child with a quality education. Using new technologies together with proven ideas about learning, every child is challenged and experiences success. Through individualized monitoring, students attain ambitious goals of achievement. By providing a strong academic foundation, our students will be prepared for demanding academic studies in high school. Each student’s day is devoted to academics. The schedule is designed for large uninterrupted blocks of instruction in reading, writing, math, science, and social studies. Additionally, to ensure our students benefit from a balanced curriculum, students receive instruction in the arts, drama, music, guidance, gardening, physical education and technology.