A new public charter school is opening in the Anderson area. The Green Valley School of Academics, located on the former Verde Vale Elementary School campus, is currently accepting enrollment for the upcoming school year.
According to Rita Mitchell, principal/superintendent of Green Valley, the school is currently taking students to fill its kindergarten through third classes and is accepting names to possibly offer fourth and fifth grades this year.
The goal of the charter school is to be a kindergarten through eighth grade campus by 2017 or sooner.
“Students stay all day, like at a traditional school,” said Mitchell. “Enrollment has been steady.”
Mitchell explained that the charter school has a ceiling on the number of students per class, so interested parents should sign children up sooner rather than later. The kindergarten through third grade classes will be no larger than 24 students and the fourth through eighth will be no larger than 28 students.
Mitchell explained the charter school has set high academic standards for its students and has put in place a self-check mechanism so the curriculum can be evaluated and adjusted to the students needs.
Mitchell said school will start at 8 a.m. and let out at 2:30 p.m., and then from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., teachers will have their daily collaboration time.
“While the school day is longer than some schools, it will add up to a year and a half to two years more instruction time than traditional schools,” explained Mitchell.
Mitchell also talked about a typical day with the English/Language Arts block followed by a literacy lab, which will then lead to the math block, followed by the math centers.
Both of the labs are designed to help students struggling with the material, as well as advanced learners. Students are able to get additional help, while others are able to move ahead. Science, social studies and interest based studies will be combined. Each subject will be a part of a wheel based learning model and each day, students will learn something different within one of the subjects.
Physical education is another wheel-based subject. Students will learn about aerobics, nutrition and learned different organized sports, with each day teaching them a different aspect.
Mitchell added that the charter school is also able to offer Project SHARE for families who need it.