Charter schools are public schools and do not charge tuition. Like other public schools, charter schools are funded according to their enrollment (also called average daily attendance, or ADA), and receive funding from the school district and the state according to the number of students attending. However, the ways and amounts at which charters are funded compared to their district counterparts differ. On average, charter schools are funded at 61 percent of their district counterparts.
Furthermore, as a charter school, we hold ourselves to a higher standard. We provide an excellent Montessori education with high-quality materials and pedagogy that includes a teacher and an assistant in each classroom providing 12:1 student-teacher ratio, global learning opportunities, STEM program with a dedicated STEM coordinator, and more.
The Annual Fund is a source of revenue from generous parents and community members that directly supports educational programming otherwise not provided in our annual budget. All contributions are tax-deductible. Make your gift here: https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/EastCooperMontessoriCharterSc_1/giving.html
The ECMCS charter application was written to include parent volunteers as part of the academic and financial success of the school’s infrastructure. Volunteerism is vital to the success of the school and many families contribute more than the required amount of hours. The school seeks to engage those precious hours in the most effective manner for the school and the family. Leading a committee or taking on certain tasks can even double your hours or in some cases count for all of the hours. If volunteering is a burden for your family, please contact the administration. Suggestions for ways you can integrate into the community will be available at Back to School Parent Information Night, through weekly Office Notes, at PTN Meetings or by contacting your child’s teacher. To submit your hours, go to the Volunteer tab on our website and complete the Volunteer Tracking Form.
We Are a Community
School should be a place that makes children feel like “I belong here!” A community provides support, structure, a sense of mission, and purpose. Within this sacred space, opportunities for a child to celebrate his or her individual life happen time and time again within each school day.
Students want to feel connected to the community. During the elementary and adolescent years, our environments offer strength and support during hard times when social or academic work can be tough. Relationships of trust develop from shared responsibilities as the students interact and become part of the larger community. Communal duties give a sense of purpose and these opportunities allow for leadership to emerge that grows into confidence. A beautifully prepared room, a small group of friends, or simply just one person can make a difference. A feeling of belonging fosters the desire to get involved and ultimately offers the experience to “make a difference.”
Parents are also an integral part of the ECMCS community. The best predictor of student success is the extent to which families encourage learning at home and involve themselves in their child’s education. When parents are engaged in their children’s school lives, students have the home support and knowledge they need to not only finish their assignments but also develop a lifelong love of learning.