Charter school lottery application deadline April 16 |

Charter school lottery application deadline April 16

Each year kindergarten through eighth-grade students in the Roaring Fork School District have a fresh chance through an open lottery to enroll in the Carbondale Community School.

The public charter school, formed in 1998, offers small teacher-to-student ratios (1-to-13) in an intimate school setting for students who thrive on individual, hands-on learning. The enrollment is capped at 117 students, and applications currently are being accepted through April 16. Students from across the district, from Basalt to Glenwood Springs, are welcome to apply.

A Latino Parents Open House is planned for 6:30-8 p.m. Wed., April 7. The presentation will be available in Spanish and English.

CCS Principal Leslie Emerson said diversity is important at the charter school and stressed that new students are selected based on a random lottery that starts anew each year. Students who are not selected through the lottery for enrollment during the next school year will be placed on the waiting list for 2004-05 based on the lottery results this spring.

CCS operates with multi-age learning centers served by two teachers. Students are grouped in grades first-second, third-fourth, fifth-sixth and seventh-eighth. Kindergarten students have their own class. The principal said the arrangement allows the school “the flexibility to meet individual student needs in academic skills achievement.”

The school also offers full-time English language learner and special education programs along with its broad, progressive, integrated curriculum. In addition the school is known for its outdoor education offerings.

“We work to encourage inquisitive, independent and self-motivated learners,” Emerson said. “We have a strong social, emotional program that promotes conflict resolution skills, community service and social responsibility.”

For more information or a student application in English or Spanish, contact CCS at 963-9647.

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