Charter school committee to host informational session

rheaton@beaufortgazette.comDecember 15, 2011 

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A group aiming to open a new charter school in the area will hold its first public informational meeting this weekend.

The Bridges Preparatory School Organizing Committee has planned a Saturday breakfast meeting to share information about their ideas for a school that eventually would serve students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The meeting will be at 9 a.m. at the Corner Stone Christian Church, 2301 First Blvd., in Beaufort.

Committee chairwoman Ivie Szalai said the meeting will include short presentations from the committee and Wayne Brazell, the superintendent of the S.C. Public Charter School District. A question-and-answer session should start at about 10:30 a.m.

Szalai said the committee will present information on the school's plans for transportation and athletics, as well as some details on curriculum.

Szalai said the curriculum will be focused on "whole-child education," rather than a push for good test scores.

"It's not just getting those scores up; it's developing their social relationships, their relationship with the community and things of that nature," she said.

Current plans for the school also include student-centered classrooms, which would be less formally structured than a traditional classroom and let students lead learning through inquiry.

The presentation will also include information on how to apply to the school or get involved in its planning process.

The committee hopes to complete its charter-school application by May. The application includes curriculum proposals, enrollment projections, a five-year budget and a calendar.

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