The mission of Forrest M. Bird Public Charter School, a public school incorporating middle and high school grade levels, is to create a community of learners equipped with two kinds of literacy necessary in the 21st Century.
- The ability to read, write, speak, and calculate with clarity and precision, incorporating technology.
- The ability to participate passionately and responsibly in the life of their community.
To fulfill this mission we:
- Limit our community to approximately 50 students at each of the middle and high school grade levels, 6-12 (prospective enrollment of 350 students, not to exceed 400 total). (Actual grade level enrollments may vary) Provide each student with at least one positive adult adviser/advocate to support student success.
- Provide students access to innovative pathways, maximizing their post-secondary academic and career opportunities.
- Facilitate a positive and safe community culture by fostering accountability through high behavioral standards and academic success through integration and project-based learning.
- Focus on student-family-teacher relationships.
- Embrace the needs of the student body as the primary focus of our school; therefore encouraging individuality.
- Work in collaborative relationships within and outside of the school to promote leadership and mentoring partnerships, and service the greater community.
- Actively encourage creativity and fun within our school.
The FBCS board offers a resolution of support regarding the mission and vision of the Forrest Bird Charter School and has adopted the following guidelines and direction regarding overall school focus and philosophy:
- FBCS primarily uses an electronic curriculum, rather than traditional textbooks.
- FBCS utilizes a project-based model and strives to provide meaningful relevant project-based activities in all classes.
- FBCS high school is focused on providing early college access for all students willing to accept the challenge. In addition to core academics, programs like P-TECH, which provide innovative pathways for students, will be supported by the School.
- The needs of the student body are the primary focus of our School. Teacher needs are also important, but should focus on supporting students first.
- FBCS offers several pathways to success for most of our students. However, as a small school with limited resources, we cannot always offer customized paths for each student.
- We are dedicated to building our cash reserves to sixty days of operating expenses by July 1, 2016.
The purpose of this resolution is to support School administration as it moves forward with teacher evaluation and hiring, publicity and planning, strategy and overall direction of the School.