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Old 01-25-2009, 07:41 AM
 
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We just moved to Pembroke Pines, on the north side. I hear ppl talk about charter schools, but being from the midwest I've never heard of them. I have a 2 1/2 yr old & a 10 month old. So, can you give me some info about local schools & possibly explain the differences between these different types of schools? How far in advance do you have to enroll children for charter & private schools? TIA
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Old 01-25-2009, 08:55 AM
 
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Charter schools receive funding from the state. Students at charter schools take the same state tests that other public school students take (FCAT). However, charter schools are not required to follow School Board policy in running the school. Any regulation that is safety related is required but all other policies are made at the school level.

My son attends Imagine Charter School in Weston. Public schools are required to provide busses to students who live more than 2 miles from their school. Imagine is not required to provide busses at all, however, they do receive transportation money from the state. Imagine provides busses to students who live more than 2 miles and less than some distance (not sure how far).

We live 1.75 miles from the school. There are students in my development who live 2 miles from the school and receive a bus. We are able to PAY to ride the bus that passes by the house provided there are seats on the bus. Public schools can't do that.

At Imagine Charter there are some programs that are just different from the public schools. We have a spanish immersion program at our school that cannot exist at a public school. We mix gifted and non gifted students in our gifted classes (by teacher recommendation). We are exempt from the PE every day regulations so our kids still get PE, ART, and MUSIC every week instead of just PE every day.

Pembroke Pines Charter is a little different from Imagine. Imagine is open to students from all over the district, by lottery, which is held in the spring. I think that Pines Charter schools give preference to Pines residents. For Imagine you can get on the list right before the lottery occurs. I would call Pines Charter for their rules.

We have been very happy with Imagine Charter. I only have one child there now. The other 2 graduated and were very well prepared for the private middle/high school.
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Old 01-26-2009, 07:27 AM
 
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Thank you Momma_bear! That was very informative and helpful. I will definitely check out the Pembroke Pines charter school system.
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