Curriculum & Policies

A major benefit of the conversion to a public charter school is the ability for parents, teachers, and school leadership to choose the curriculum which best reflects its students. The parents, teachers, students and administrators – have a say in the types of instructional methods, materials, and programs. Most importantly the methods are flexible.  

  • The new schools will be subject to all state and federal standards for other public schools. The new element will be that under local leadership, each school’s principal, leadership team and teachers will have tremendous flexibility to build curriculum which meets the unique needs of the students in our community. 

Florida State Statutes

Just like students attending a district-run public school, charter schools students must take standardized state exams (like the FSA) and meet federal academic standards.

Local leadership - the superintendent, principals, leadership teams and teachers will decide what is taught in Newberry schools, following all state and federal guidelines.

No, these will be public charter schools, following all state and federal standards. They will not become private or religious schools.

No. Ensuring diverse, community-based leadership and accountability and removing ourselves from the highly politicized environment of the Alachua County School Board will allow Newberry schools to focus on great education, helping kids learn how to think and preparing them for the world they will enter, be that in the workforce, vocational school, community college or four year colleges and universities. This effort is not ideologically driven and the leadership of Newberry Education First represents a diverse range of backgrounds.

Possibly. Under community leadership, school administrators and teachers will work together to craft discipline policies which meet the needs of all students and seek fair, just and appropriate discipline for the many situations which arise in schools. Leadership will have the latitude to craft policies which promote great education for all and not be subject to policies mandated from the Alachua County School Board which may not be working for Newberry schools.

The ultimate decision on continuing the magnet and other special programs will come out of the negotiations that will occur after the vote. It is the intention of Education First in Newberry to continue the current magnets under guidelines and standards set by local leadership.

The ultimate decision on continuing the magnet and other special programs will come out of the negotiations that will occur after the vote. It is the intention of Education First in Newberry to continue the current magnets under guidelines and standards set by local leadership.

Yes Newberry