Successful Charter Schools Featured On Videos

FLORIDA – A picture says a thousand words. In celebration of National Charter Schools Week, the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS) has posted a few videos that highlight some of the best charter schools in the state. From Blue Ribbon recipients to graduating seniors, the videos will introduce viewers to the charter schools that are making an incredible contribution to education and the community they serve.

The video showcase is part of a statewide celebration of National Charter Schools Week that kicked off on Monday, May 7 with a visit by the Department of Education to the Key West Collegiate Charter High School in Monroe County. On Wednesday, May 9, more than 100 high-performing public charter schools will be honored at an A+ celebration hosted by FCPCS. The celebration begins at 1 p.m. at Mater Academy Charter Middle High School located at 7901 NW 103 Street in Hialeah Gardens.

For more than fifteen years, public charter schools have been an integral part of Florida’s public education system. There are currently close to 180,000 students attending 500 K-12 public charter schools in Florida, and over 1.6 million children attend more than 4,900 public charter schools in 40 states and the District of Columbia. Charter schools are tuition-free public schools that are open to all students. Educators, community leaders, business people and parents who start charters select the curriculum, philosophies and emphases of the schools, such as a back-to-basics foundation, technology focus or school-to-work approach. Many charter schools are making incredible academic gains. A report released in April 2012 by the Florida Department of Education shows that charter school students are excelling academically, and in several instances, outperforming students attending district-run public schools. The report, Student Achievement in Florida’s Charter Schools: A Comparison with Achievement in Traditional Public Schools, is a statewide analysis required by law, of student achievement in public charter schools versus the achievement of comparable students attending district-run public schools.

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Founded in 1999, the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS) is a 501(c) support organization with a membership of more than 400 charter schools and three school districts in the State of Florida. Since its inception, FCPCS has acted to promote and support the establishment of high quality public charter schools within the state through the development and implementation of focused statewide activities, professional development and mentoring