In this issue
Charter School Champions
championsOn 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!
NHDOE Competes for Federal Charter Funding
nhdoeThe 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!

mc2MC2 - Path to Success

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 
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.
ASD Graduates Largest Class To Date

asd2016 represents a wonderful milestone at the Academy for Science & Design. This year's graduating class is not only the largest since the school opened but two out of every three graduates qualified as NH STEM Scholars and 100% of graduates qualified as New Hampshire Scholars.
Making this year even more special, almost all of the students graduating this year have attended ASD since 6th grade. Our hats are off to the students and teachers who have worked so hard to make this school a success.
Click here to learn more about ASD
GSAA Celebrates new Home!

gsaaGSAA 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!

Click here to learn more about GSAA
Charter School options around the State
chartersNew Hampshire charter schools provide students with a diverse range of mission and program options to choose from. Examples include:
  • Nine charter schools that offer alternative education programs designed to serve disengaged or educationally disadvantaged students
  • Three charter schools that offer students multi-age classroom & project based learning environments
  • Three charter schools that utilize the Montessori educational approach
  • Three charter schools offer students an arts & technology integrated curriculum
  • Two charter schools provide advanced STEM education
  • Two charter schools aimed at providing a classical education stressing history and leadership
  • One "Virtual" school that offers online education options to students throughout New Hampshire 
Parent Feedback

parentsDo you have a child attending a public charter school? We want to know, how is this public option working for you and your children?

Click here to be directed to feedback form

Great Schools need Effective Boards

Finding the right leader for your school is critical to meeting your mission but it's also important to cultivate and educate an effective board.

Charter Board Partners has created a helpful resource that examines the life cycle of charter school boards, shares a series of best practices and defines the responsibilities of charter school board members.

Click here to download the PDF
The New Hampshire Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NHAPCS), is a non-profit, non-partisan organization. Our members are committed to increasing public education options for all children, through the creation of high-quality public charter schools, and to helping these schools reach higher levels of student performance.
Membership in the Alliance is open to all public charter schools and charter school applicants in New Hampshire.

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