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Souderton Charter School Collaborative

Updated Jan 9, 2018
110 E. Broad St - Souderton PA - 18964
Type of autonomy arrangement: charter-tpp contract
Basic Profile

Opened In

2000

Grades

K through 8

Environment

Suburban

Type

Chartered
Autonomies
Select leaders
Determine learning program
Select colleagues
Determine professional development
Transfer or terminate colleagues
Determine whether to take, when to take, how much to count district/EMO/authorizer assessments
Determine tenure policy
Make formal arrangements with district/EMO/authorizer to allow multiple measures in determining school success (not only a mean proficiency score)
Evaluate colleagues
Set schedule
Set staff pattern
Determine teacher workday
Determine school budget
Set school-level policy
Determine compensation
Teacher Authority Is...
De Jure
The teachers’ autonomy and collaborative leadership is written into their charter.

About the Learning Program

Founded in September 2000, SCSC is a learning environment that values and nurtures every child as an individual. Together, parents and faculty develop an individualized learning program to fully develop each child's potential. Parents, community members, and professionals are encouraged to interact with and learn from one another and to participate in the learning process, creating unique opportunities for each child to pursue personal interests.

The student to teacher ratio in each homebase is less than 12:1. Multi-age groupings allow for more individualized instruction. For example, one homebase may combine children in grades 1 and 2. The school also strives to allow children from different grade levels to work on projects and other activities together, which helps to build a sense of community within the school.

Furthermore, the school emphasizes the following:

Learning by doing: Research shows that children excel when involved with meaningful, hands-on activities. Students are engaged in exciting projects that often focus on the local environment, community, and nature.

Parent/Community Partnerships: A partnership among parents, teachers, and community members is encouraged and nurtured so the educational environment can be individualized, adaptive, and continually improving. The school is a learning organization for everyone involved.

SCSC’s goal is to offer a proven and innovative learning environment in which all members learn cooperatively. SCSC offers choices to community members by allowing them to choose a fundamentally different type of school. The students at SCSC become individuals who are confident in their abilities to adapt to a changing environment and shape their futures.