The school will meet state educational standards, says co-founder Guy Vaccaro, while incorporating ideas and goals from involved parents.
Vaccaro, a Willits Charter School teacher, said teaching at that school has been a great opportunity for him and he has learned a lot about how charter schools work.
"Everything is on the table," Vaccaro
said the proposed school will base its teaching approach on "inquiry-based instruction," in which teachers will incorporate student questions into the curriculum and use those questions to direct student projects and learning.
The school will focus heavily on Spanish, moving it from an elective to a core subject taught every day at every class level.
In addition, all classes will reinforce the material learned in the Spanish class.
said teachers will teach English and arithmetic every morning, and teach science and history-related classes on alternate mornings.
Afternoons will be spent on physical education, Spanish and electives, including art, theatre, dance and gardening.
If the district board of trustees approves the school's charter, Vaccaro
will open in August 2011.
Currently, the WECS
founding board is looking for a site for the school.
It would prefer a long-term lease on a location 1.5 to 2 acres in size, with green space available.
In all likelihood, school buildings will be portables, at least initially.
According to Vaccaro
, the founding board is investigating several locations for the school and welcomes suggestions from the community or interested property owners.
, other members of the WECS
founding board are his wife, Erin Vaccaro, Nicole Flamer, Ashley Sherf and Sheryl Gard of Room To Bloom child care center, Aura de la Fuente and Jake McFadden.