Reimagining Education

New Charter Schools Provide More Options

By Peter Franzen, Director of Development

Four new charter schools opened this school year are providing parents with more educational options for their children.  The four schools are South City Prep, Jamaa Learning Center, Preclarus Mastery Academy, and Better Learning Communities all of which received the Mayor’s endorsement.

Better Learning Communities (BLC) was featured in a story on KWMU this week in which the station reports BLC is showing early signs of success with its literacy-based approach to learning.  Sponsored by the University of Missouri – Columbia, BLC is using a reading program called “leveled readers” published by Pioneer Valley Books.

According the story on KWMU.com, early signs of success include children engaged in learning who showcase their enhanced abilities in the home and steady progress working through the program’s reading levels.

The “apples to apples” comparison can begin next year when BLC adds a third grade for its current group of second graders.  The Missouri Assessment Program (MAP test) begins with the third grade and is administered in both traditional public schools and (also public) charter schools.

Read the KWMU story about Better Learning Communities here.


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