Navigating the middle school years can be frustrating for both parents and their children. There are so many changes taking place that it seems like a roller coaster ride at times. Many children struggle with influences, while others struggle with organization and academic challenges. Getting through the stage can seem impossible, and many parents turn to alternative forms of education in order to attempt to provide a more positive experience for their child and for the family. Charter schools provide outstanding options in alternative education, meeting the needs and addressing the concerns of both students and parents.
Charter schools are often managed by public school districts, creating a structure that involves accountability for both instructor qualifications and student performance. Charter schools make use of public funds to finance their operations, and as a result, are generally required to staff their programs with licensed personnel. This is an attractive point for parents that are concerned with the quality of education provided to their children. Involvement of professionals allows for confidence in the materials and methods to be used. Charter schools also must demonstrate that student performance is positive in this alternative environment. Testing allows for success and progress to be measured, and accountability is backed through these results.
Charter schools operate in different styles. Some such schools are administrated as distance education programs. This allows students to work from the convenience of their homes. Classes may be taught by video or via computer. Students may submit their work electronically or by mail. The flexibility allows the student to participate in interesting travels or activities with his family without missing studies or falling behind. A parent can couple this distance learning with family field trips or at-home projects that may provide more interest to their middle school child than the confines of a traditional classroom. The quality of instruction is still maintained, but the student has freedom to enjoy the world around him as a living classroom.
Some charter schools operate in a traditional brick and mortar environment but emphasize various styles of instruction or learning. Incorporation of tablet technology into the traditional classroom is limited due to the costs of tablet computers. Specialized schools and instructors can provide a tablet centered approach to teaching and learning, an element that will very much engage the middle school student in the learning process. The interactive nature of the tablet allows the student to learn rather independently while using tools that are appealing and exciting.
Charter schools allow for an alternative approach to education at a time when many students lose interest and lag in their studies. A middle school student may thrive in such an environment without being hindered by the confusion of class changes and peer pressure. Charter schools meet students at their levels of need and interest in the learning process.