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Old 08-18-2015, 08:02 AM
 
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My son will be ready for elementary school next september. We live in the concord aread and was initially considering charter schools but lately i have been hearing that they do not give importance to sports, it more indoors rather than outdoors. I am really confused on what exactly these school offer and what kind of difference it would really make. Insights ?
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Old 08-18-2015, 08:15 AM
 
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Charter schools function a lot like private schools. They are responsible for the majority of their expenses & having a athletic program might not be high on their priority list unless parents are willing to help fund it.
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Old 08-18-2015, 12:12 PM
 
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I sent my son to a charter for K. We are also in the Concord area. There wasn't a difference in academics between the charter and the ES that my son now attends (he only went to the charter for K). It is true about sports in the charter he attended. They didn't have a gym and it was really never a priority. They may or may not have sports in the coming years. The thing with charters is that they have to build the schools themselves and fund the extras themselves without help from the county/State.
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Old 08-18-2015, 01:30 PM
 
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thank you for all the responses. sounds like charter would be very close to ES without the sports.Also do they have school walkthroughs every year? i want to go in and see what they have to offer before making a decision.
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Old 08-18-2015, 01:59 PM
 
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The differences between charters can be huge. While funds may prohibit formal sports programs, you may find that some schools value more outdoor time or free play than is allowed in district schools. Every charter offers open houses. Visit their websites, see what philosophies pique your interest, and go from there. In the meantime, figure out your pros/cons for your district school, too.
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Old 08-19-2015, 07:31 PM
 
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Thank you I will check them out
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