Frequently asked Questions
Where is AECS located?
AECS is located in the building that houses the Lake Superior Intermediate School. AECS has 5 classrooms; two of them have been combined into one BIG room. The BIG room will be our central gathering place. Student share common areas with LSI such as the library, cafeteria, gymnasium, encore classrooms and playground.
Are AECS students provided transportation?
Transportation will be 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?
All children in grades 3-5 welcome to apply! By state law charter schools are voluntary and subject to open enrollment policy. If more children apply than there is space for a lottery is held. No child may be required to attend a charter school.
Will 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 are provided by district office and Special Education staff of the Lake Superior Intermediate School.
How many students will the school have and which grades are served?
The AECS contract with the school board 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