New Hampshire Alliance for Public Charter Schools

Charter School News & Updates in June

July 05, 2016 12:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

In this issue

Charter School Champions 

On May 4th the NHAPCS and members of the charter school community, held our first annual Charter School Champion Awards. Individuals from both parties were recognized for their efforts to promote charter schools as an important component of New Hampshire's public education system, for empowering parents and for making a meaningful difference in the lives of children.

We would like to thank all of the parents, board members, volunteers and supporters who helped to make our inaugural event such a great success! Charter school champions honored

NHDOE Competes for Federal Charter Funding
The New Hampshire Department of Education has joined 31 other states in a national competition to secure additional funds for charter schools. The New Hampshire application requests $9.6 million in funding over a five year period. 

If the application is successful, grant funds can be used to:

  • Fund new public schools
  • Expand grades served in charters currently open
  • Develop & implement pre-k programs
  • Fund dissemination projects designed to share what charters have learned with other public schools & LEAs, mentor new groups
  • Provide training opportunities for charter school authorizers

The grant application received strong support and letters of recommendation from, Governor Maggie Hassan, Senator Kelly Ayotte and Congressman Frank Guinta. NHAPCS would like to thank these leaders for their support of this important public program! NHDOE competes for federal funding

On Friday June 10th, two students at Making Community Connections (MC2) Charter School in Manchester successfully presented their Graduation Gateway Exhibition to a group of family, students, the MC2 Board, and outside panelists.  The Graduation Gateway Exhibition at MC2 is when a student presents a 45 minute defense of their learning and demonstrating preparedness for their public global world.  A panel of assessors determines if the student has met all the criteria to become a high school graduate.  Some of the requirements of the presentation are to highlight significant learning opportunities, demonstrate academic and personal growth, and provide evidence of their learning to meet proficiency.

Grady Sullivan and Nicolas Vicente successfully defended their learning and are MC2 Manchester's most recent graduates! Grady will be pursuing a career in video game design and plans to attend NHTI in the fall.  Nicolas is going to continue to follow his passions and become a certified EMT. 

If you have any interest in being an outside panelist for a Gateway Exhibition please e-mail Conor Sands at 

MC2 - path to success

Sen. Avard Explores Career Opportunities for HS Grads

Senator Kevin Avard (Nashua), explores career opportunities in the trades for high school graduates who may choose not to attend college. The program at Maverick Career Institute offers classroom and hands-on career training for students who wish to pursue a certificate as an Electronic Systems Technician (EST). Students participate in a 10 month program which can lead to starting salaries in the $35,000 to $40,000 range.

Sen. Avard explores career opportunities for HS grads

GSAA Celebrates new Home!

GSAA has a new home in Salem. Students and staff are excited about the new facility which offers many improvements including, a more efficient layout, new space for artists and a lower overall cost.

We want to congratulate everyone at GSAA that has worked so hard to make this program a success!

GSAA has a new home in Salem

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