|Frequently Asked Questions|
School Visit Questions
Elementary World Language Charter School
1. What is your vision/mission? (Did you have a brochure?)
To create fluent speakers of Ojibwe language. Yes we have a brochure but we are currently updating it.
2. How did you integrate grade level curriculum with charter school goals? What policies of administrative rules don't you follow as part of your Charter?
We use state standards and benchmarks but all curriculum is delivered in the Ojibwe language with the exception of one hour a day using English Language Arts.
3. How long did it take you to plan?
A six month pilot was conducted in 2000 and we opened in 2001
4. What is your admission process?
The same admission as charter schools, no cap at this time period, yes we have a waiting list.
5. How do you implement your language instruction? (Did you add grades gradually? All at once?) What instructional material do you use?
Yes we added gradually. We use our own materials and have had to work on developing curriculum because there is not much curricula for the Ojibwe language.
6. What happens after elementary school?
Right now we have funding to get to grade 5 for next year, and we are searching to get to grade 6 and beyond.
7. How do you handle the assessment of students?
We assess with the state assessments which is difficult because it is in English but our students have accomplished to be proficient and above proficiency. This helps to validate that immersion does not impede student academics.
8. Do you target specific populations? (Native Languages?)
9. How is administration handled?
I work as a Director and Principal, grant writer and business manager with a part-time assistant. I report to a 6 member board.
10. Are you able to find qualified applicants? How?
Yes, advertise in the paper, radio, etc.. I also search by word of mouth, language tables from other reservations, universities, etc.
11. How do other staff members perceive the program?
They enjoy working here, with minor problems that every school may have. Se, we are not perfect. They are here because of the dedication to the language and children.
12. What does your daily/weekly schedule look like?
Normal schedules like other schools, we do take two days out of the week sometimes for immersion camps.
13. How did you get community and parent involvement in the planning process?
They are part of the board, we invite all parents to strategic planning sessions.
14. What kind of marketing strategies did you use? Do you have to continue to promote the school?
Brochures, radio, newspapers. Yes
15. If you had to plan your school all over again, what would you do differently?
Spend more time on curriculum development.