The mission of the Neighborhood Charter School is to provide a learning environment for all students that demands high educational standards and high levels of parent/guardian involvement and responsibility.
effort is grounded in the belief that all children can be successful learners
and that parents, guardians, and the local community hold primary responsibility
to ensure that all children in their neighborhood school have access to
and success in public education. Closely aligned with that philosophy
is the belief that a public school should be the meeting place where a
socially, racially, and economically diverse area knits its many strands
into a single tapestry of community. Our approach has four primary components:
of Parents, Guardians and Family: Education impacts both the student
and the student's parents/guardians and extended family; at the same
time, parents, guardians and family impact each child's educational
progress. NCS recognizes the value of parents/guardians and extended
family and will work to actively involve family members in their child's
learning experience. Through a contract signed with each NCS family
and a range of opportunities for involvement, parents and guardians
will be motivated and enabled to be full partners in the school.
Click here to see the family contract. contract
Public education is the responsibility of all community members and
all will be welcome participants in the NCS education process. NCS envisions
a dynamic, community-oriented, inclusive school that recognizes and
nurtures all human intelligence so that students and staff from varied
backgrounds will achieve their full potential. Our neighborhoods are
racially and economically diverse and the diversity of our community
is one of its greatest strengths. NCS seeks to honor, celebrate, and
embrace diversity for the benefit of all students.
Successful schools are focused and grounded in a specific educational
philosophy. NCS will be organized around a Constructivist philosophy
that recognizes that students learn primarily by direct engagement with
ideas and materials rather than through passive transfer of information
from books or teachers.
By working closely with educational partners, such as Zoo Atlanta, NCS
will offer a focused, consistent, progressive curriculum to meet the
highest standards. Zoo Atlanta--located within walking distance of NCS--
has committed to a major partnership under which conservation and environmental
themes will be integrated throughout the standards-based curriculum.
A Zoo Atlanta representative will sit on the NCS governing board, and
educators at NCS and Zoo Atlanta will collaborate to develop and implement
a full curriculum based on conservation and zoological themes.
Download the NCS Policy Manual
(PDF Document, 3.8MB)
To view the original charter and appendixes, please click here.