The Upper Darby Charter School for the Arts (UDCSA) will be located in Upper Darby School district and is being established by a taskforce of educators, parents and citizens who share a vision and desire for students to receive a relevant and meaningful education. It will be our mission to launch an extraordinary charter school with a rigorous academic program for grades K – 8 with a special emphasis on the Arts,: Dance, Visual and Digital Arts, Choral, Theater and Instrumental Music
WHAT IS A CHARTER SCHOOL?
A charter school is a nonsectarian public school of choice that operates with freedom from many of the regulations that apply to traditional public schools. The “charter”establishing each such school is a performance contract detailing the school’s mission, program, its goals, the students to be served, and the methods of and ways to measure success.
As a public school option, UDCSA will provide a free-tuition school and will have open enrollment without discrimination based on gender, race, religion and culture. It will be open to all students who choose to enroll on a first-come basis until we reach maximum registration. We will then hold a public lottery for any seats that are still open. Since we will receive funding from the local school district and state we will be accountable to follow all local and state policies as well as all of the conditions of our approved charter.
WHAT WILL MAKE US DIFFERENT? OUR BASIC BELIEFS
• Excellence in the Arts and Academics
We believe that Parents are the fundamental educators of their children. Without strong communication and partnership with parents, a school will not succeed; Academics of the highest caliber incorporating the current research of best practices into the structure of our curriculum and classrooms will also be a high priority, but with a much more creative approach than is used in most schools.
And finally, by creating a school with a mindset of excellence, the beauty of the Arts we want our students to integrate that into everything they do, from challenging academics to the world of work in the 21st Century and to their families and communities.