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School Choice:
K-8 Charter School Opportunities

Charter School Opportunities and Choice Placement 

The Verona Area School District currently has three charter schools operating in the district, New Century School, Core Knowledge Charter School, and The Verona Area International School.  New Century School is a K-5 charter school established in 1995.  The school is currently located in the red brick building adjacent to Sugar Creek. The school utilizes multi-age classrooms and emphasizes a thematic, environmentally-integrated curriculum.  Contact: Jim Ruder, Principal, 845-4910.  Verona Area Core Knowledge® Charter School is a K-8 charter school established in 1996.  The school is currently located within Badger Ridge Middle School in Verona.  The school emphasizes the Core Knowledge sequence and Direct Instruction.  Contact:  Brett Stousland, Principal, 845-4133.  Verona Area International School is a K-3 charter school established in 2010.  The school plans to expand to K-5 by 2014-15.  It is located at Stoner Prairie Elementary School and Savanna Oaks Middle School in Fitchburg.  The school is a Mandarin-immersion program, where students learn half-days in Chinese-Mandarin and half-days in English.  Aspects of VAIS’s curriculum focuses on the global community.  Contacts: Amanda Mayo, Director, 845-4293. 

To learn more about the charter choices and the other school options available in the school district, you can review the document titled: Verona Area School District: Overview of School Sites.  In this document, school principals answer the same 6 questions about their school sites and allow the reader to see how each school operates.   

Frequently Asked Questions by Parents

What are charter schools?

What is the difference between the charter schools in the district?

Who has the opportunity to make a placement choice?

Can open enrollment students attend a charter school?

What are the choices?

When is this choice available to me?

How do I make a choice to change programs?

What if I don't want to change programs?

Can I attend any school I want?

Is district bus transportation available if I choose a program outside the attendance boundaries?

What are charter schools?
Charter schools (in Wisconsin) are public schools that operate under contract with a legislatively designed authority.  In most cases, this authority is the local school board.  

Charter Schools are a way for school boards to offer a choice to parents in selecting accountability for results in exchange for freedom from some rules and regulations required of other public schools.   [Back to top]

What is the difference between the charter schools in the district?
All charter schools in the district are required to follow the same standards for what students must learn.  The charter schools are allowed, by contract, to have different strategies and instructional methods to reach these standards.  New Century School is a K-5 elementary school featuring multiage classrooms that feature thematic, environmentally-integrated curriculum.  Core Knowledge Charter School is a K-5 elementary and 6-8 middle school featuring E.D. Hirsch's Core Knowledge curriculum and using Direct Instruction.  Spanish is also offered to students in the program.  The Verona Area International School is an elementary school that uses single grade and multi-age settings, seeking to grow one grade level each year to become a K-5 program..  The school is a Mandarin immersion program, where students learn half days in Chinese-Mandarin and half days in English. (For more specific information, see each school's web sites or call the schools directly.)   [Back to top]  

Who has the opportunity to make a placement choice?
All resident parents of children entering kindergarten through eighth grade for the next school year have the opportunity to make a choice regarding the school site or programs to attend.   [Back to top]

Can open enrollment students attend a charter school?
The school can request to receive open enrollment students and this request must be approved by the Board.  This opportunity is typically very limited.    [Back to top] 

What are the choices? 
Your choices, for which school program to attend, include your attendance area school or New Century School, Core Knowledge Charter School, or Verona Area International School.    [Back to top]

When is this choice available to me?
Parents will be mailed information and have the opportunity to make the choice each year by February 14.   The Verona Area School District  mails information for all incoming kindergarten parents in January.   Parents with children already attending the district may consider a placement change and are encouraged to contact other schools for specific information about their program .   [Back to top]   2014-15 Incoming Kindergarten Placement Request Form

How do I make a choice to change programs?
If you want your child to change to a different program, then you must complete and return the Placement Change Request Form to the district office.  Placement Change Request Forms will be mailed to parents in January.  Residents with school age children that do not currently attend the district can find a Charter Placement Request Form on the district website.  [Back to top]  

What if I don't want to change programs? 
If you want your child to return to the school program they are currently enrolled in, you don't have to do anything.  Do not fill out the Placement Change Request Form.  Parents that do not return this form will be making the choice to return to the next appropriate grade level within the existing school program.    [Back to top] 

Can I attend any school I want?
No.  Your existing school attendance boundaries must still be followed unless you are attending a charter school.  If you choose a charter school, then you can attend the location regardless of where you live.    [Back to top] 

Is district bus transportation available if I choose a program outside the attendance boundaries?  
Yes.  Bus transportation is available to all students throughout the district following the same guidelines as other school locations regarding distance.  [Back to top]  

 


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