The Classical Preparatory School application proposes a Kindergarten -
grade 10 charter school with a focus on classical education. The school would serve 156 students in
Kindergarten – grade 6 in year 1; 214 students in Kindergarten – grade 7 in
year 2; and 276 students in Kindergarten – grade 8 in year 3, 342 students in
Kindergarten – grade 9 in year 4; and 408 students in Kindergarten – grade 10
in year 5. The anticipated location
would be along SR 54 between Trinity and Land O’ Lakes.
The District’s Charter Application Review Committee (“Committee”) held
the Classical Preparatory School applicant interview on September 1, 2011. The interview was attended by the founding
board members of the charter school.
The Committee conducted a comprehensive evaluation of the application utilizing
the Florida Department of Education’s Model Florida Charter School Evaluation
Instrument. The Committee identified deficiencies
in 7 of the 18 applicable sections in the evaluation instrument. (Note: An application section that was determined
to be “Partially Meets the Standard” or “Does Not Meet the Standard” was identified
Preparatory School charter application failed to satisfactorily meet the
minimum statutory requirements for approval in the following areas:
Budget and Financial
Management and Oversight
to F.S. 1002.33(6)(a)5 and F.S. 1002.33(6)(b)2, the applicant failed to provide
an financial plan that included realistic planning and budgeting as evidenced
by the following:
As stated in the application, the start-up budget relies on the Federal Charter Schools Program grant or a $150,000 loan for the start-up period and
$10,000 from pre-opening fundraising.
The Federal Charter Schools Program grant and funds from future fundraisers
cannot be guaranteed. Further, no
identifying information, letters of commitment or other tangible evidence of
funding sources were provided.
Consequently, these funds cannot be considered in the budget review.
budget failed to reflect sufficient funds for computer hardware necessary for
computer-based testing and annual allocations for teacher performance pay in
accordance with Senate Bill 736.
to F.S. 1002.33(7)(a)9, the applicant failed to provide a reasonable demonstration
of the professional experience or competence of the individuals or
organizations that would provide financial management services. Pursuant to F.S. 1002.33(6)(a)5, the
application lacked evidence of a clear description of a system of strong internal
controls sufficient to safeguard finances.
In accordance with F. S. 1002.33(6)(a)(4) and F. S. 1002.33(7)(a)2, the applicant failed to demonstrate how the school will provide a reading curriculum and differentiated strategies that will be used for students reading at grade level or higher and a separate curriculum and strategies for students who are reading below grade level. Pursuant to F. S. 1002.33(6)(a)4, "A sponsor shall deny a charter if the school does not propose a reading curriculum that is consistent with effective teaching strategies that are grounded in scientifically based reading research. "
The applicant stated that the school plans to utilize the SRA McGraw Hill's Reading Mastery for grades as the core reading program for K - 2, but failed to provide a reading curriculum for students in grades 3 and above that is grounded in scientifically based reading research and aligned to the standards.
Further, the applicant failed to identify how the school would provide intensive reading for middle school and high school students who are reading below grade level. Pursuant to F. S. 1003.4156, middle school students who score at Level 1 on FCAT Reading are required to complete an intensive reading course. Those students who score at Level 2 must be placed in an intensive reading course or a content area reading intervention course. Pursuant to Section 1003.428, F. S., high school students who score at Level 1 on FCAT Reading are required to complete an intensive reading course. Those students who score at Level 2 must be placed in an intensive reading course or a content area reading intervention course.
The curriculum plan failed to identify an intensive math program for Level 1 and 2 middle school students.
The applicant failed to provide a sufficient level of detail necessary to thoroughly review the high school curriculum and determine if the curriculum meets the graduation requirements under F. S. 1003.43.
Assessment and Evaluation
to F.S. 1002.33(6)(a)3, the application failed to provide annual goals and
objectives for student progress and specific academic improvement students are
expected to demonstrate for each year of the charter.
the application failed to provide evidence that a range of assessments,
administered with sufficient frequency, would be used to measure student
performance, or how the effective use of data would inform instructional
decisions for improved student learning.
Strategic Focus: Prepare students for global citizenship.
Strategic Goal: All students will meet or exceed high academic standards.