Frequently asked Questions
Where is AECS located?
The charter school is located in the building that houses the Lake Superior Intermediate School. AECS is in what was the third grade pod at Lake Superior Intermediate School. We have 5 classrooms; two of them have been combined into one BIG room. The BIG room is our central gathering place. We share this pod with three 2nd grade classrooms. Students share the common areas used by LSI such as the library, cafeteria, gymnasium, encore classrooms and playground.
Who teaches at the charter school?
The charter school is instrumentality of the school district, which means that charter faculty are employees of the school district. The initial group of charter school teachers came from the ranks of the current district faculty and new hires due to district openings.
Meet our teachers.
Is transportation provided?
Transportation is provided by the school district using the school bus system for all district residents. Open enrolled students from another school district will have to provide their own transportation.
Who can attend a charter school?
By state law charter schools are voluntary and subject to open enrollment policy. No child may be required to attend a charter school. All children in the prescribed grade range are welcome to apply.
Are special education services be offered?
Yes, children with special needs have services provided as they are in other district schools. The district provides the full range of special education and Title 1 services to charter school students as specified in Individual Education Plans, 504 Plans, or Title 1 plans. AECS receives its proportionate share of IDEA and Title 1 funding to provide instructional specialists for students who need remedial instruction and curriculum modifications. Services such as the School Psychologist, School Nurse, School Counseling, OT/PT, Speech Therapy, Reading Specialists, and other required pupil services will be provided by district office and Special Education staff of the Lake Superior Intermediate School.
How many students are in the school and which grades are served?
The Ashland Elementary Charter School contract allows for a maximum of 104 students in grades 3-5.
How are students selected?
If applicants exceed 100 students, a lottery must be held to determine enrollment. The Ashland Project Based Charter School will be open first to district students. If spots are still available then a second enrollment period will take place for out of district open enrollment. Once a child has enrolled in the school, they will remain enrolled the following years or until they choose otherwise.
Why Project Based Learning?
Innovators are saying that learning how to learn, how to solve problems and work with others is becoming of utmost importance. In our current educational model, the main focus is on learning content with some focus on skills development and application. In Project Based Learning the emphasis is on learning
skills that include solving problems and working with others.
How does AECS fit within the School District?
AECS is another school in the district allowing families a choice of educational model.
Link to Diagram of District Schools
The purpose behind the Ashland Charter School initiative is to provide an additional instructional model for families and students. Charter school law in Wisconsin is designed provide the opportunity for school districts to innovate. State charter school grants provide financial support for school districts design schools around new methods of teaching and learning. The potential benefit is improved student performance and higher levels of parent and student satisfaction.
See these links for more infomation:
About Charter Schools
Why Start a New School?
Charter School Curriculum and Assessment
Teaching at the Charter School
School District of Ashland Website www.ashland.k12.wi.us