Dear Seacoast Community,
Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year at Seacoast Charter School. We are delighted that you have an interest in learning about our School. Viewing this website will assist you to learn a bit about our school. Additionally, the Parent Handbook is up-to-date for specific questions that you may have pertaining to the operation of our school.
We are a K - 8 integrated arts elementary/middle school located in Kingston, New Hampshire, serving approximately 260 students. This year our school begins its 10th year. We are the longest running charter school in the State of NH.
Instruction utilizes the Common Core Standards. Teachers have a constructivism approach to learning in that learning is simply the process of adjusting our mental models to accommodate new experiences. Learning is a search for meaning and meaning requires understanding wholes as well as parts.
In order to teach well, we must understand the mental models that students use to perceive the world. The purpose of learning is for an individual to construct his or her own meaning, not just memorize the “right” answers and regurgitate someone else’s meaning. Teachers bring in various resources to reach students where they are and to move them to grade level and beyond.
It is most important to know that our school is community based. Our expectation is to enable each child to reach his/her potential. We have dedicated teachers, industrious support staff, and actively involved parents.
Our various committees such as; Facilities, Personnel, Development, Health and Wellness committee, etc., are all active and are creative groups who are involved in many aspects of our school culture.
We are an energized school, a focused school, and a caring school!
In my short time that I have been the Head of School, the drive for quality is personal, passionate, and persistent. Staff has strong ideas about what constitutes quality in arts education that are inseparably tied to their values and beliefs about teaching and quality of life. They are truly ‘mission driven.’ This drive is ever-present in all aspects of the work among Seacoast educators. Not only does Seacoast have the best art and music programs that I have ever experienced in my 30 years of public education, but excellent materials, outstanding works of art, and passionate and accomplished artists. Embedded in all aspects of the school are powerful group interactions and ensemble work, performances that make students feel proud, rewarding practice sessions, and successful expressivity.
Above all, Seacoast provides an intimate learning experience. This is conveyed in the ways in which people treat each other, learn with and from each other, and feel about being together. These interactions from teacher-to-student, student-to-teacher, and student-to–student; have high levels of trust and respect in which students are enabled to be creative and to experiment, both as artists and as people. The school is truly a “family” or “a home away from home,” which I really never experienced before.
Your choice to enroll your child at Seacoast is a good one. Your child will be able to engage fully in artistic work and learning; to express ideas freely, to innovate, to explore unreservedly, to receive and give honest critique.
As Kristin Congdon puts it, “Good teachers are people who really know how to respect students and to see them as knowledge-bearers and not as people who are empty vessels.” Respectful teaching allows for mistakes and shows genuine interest in students’ ideas, interests, and back- ground knowledge.
These characteristics are what makes Seacoast a unique learning community. We are wholey committed in making your child’s educational experience the best K-8 experience that they will ever have. Please feel free to contact administration or staff at any time if questions, feedback, or issues arise throughout the school year. We are here for you.
As emphasized in our Mission Statement,
The Mission of the Seacoast Charter School is to provide excellence in core academics and the arts while cultivating the individual qualities and strengths of each child. At the Seacoast Charter School, arts and academics go hand in hand. We believe that the arts bring us joy, and when we feel joy, we learn more deeply and effectively. Through a rich and varied arts program, our students learn to look closely, listen carefully, respond thoughtfully and work collaboratively. Opportunities for creative expression and independent thinking are an integral part of our rigorous academic program. The combination of challenging intellectual and artistic endeavors develops our students’ hearts and minds and enables them to live more fully in the world.
We believe that every child can learn, every child brings strengths to the classroom, and every child has a unique and personal approach to learning. We live our mission statement and we are proud to be serving our community for another year.
Head of School
13 Church Street
Kingston, NH, 03848