What is a charter school?
Will having a charter school in our community raise our taxes?
Will it cost money to attend the Cannon Beach Academy?
What kind of curriculum will the Cannon Beach Academy follow?
Who will staff the Cannon Beach Academy?
When will the Cannon Beach Academy open?
Where will the school be?
Why are you creating a charter School?
Q: Will having a charter school in our community raise our taxes?
A: No, taxes will not be raised. By Oregon law a charter school has no authority to tax. The Cannon Beach Academy has no authority to issue a bond requesting a tax increase, or to otherwise force a tax on the public The Cannon Beach Academy will be seeking donations from private and public sources to help offset the cost of starting and running our school. To date we have raised well over $30, 000 and are on track to raise all the money required to start up and operate our school.
Q: Will it cost money to attend the Cannon Beach Academy?
A: No, it will not cost any money to attend our school. Money to fund our school building will come from grants and donations. Money to fund running our school will come in part from the Seaside School District's budget. The district receives money from taxpayers to operate the schools within the district. They will provide a portion of this money to operate our school. We will rely on donations and fundraising to cover any difference between the money we receive from the district and the money needed to operate our school.
Q: What kind of curriculum will the Cannon Beach academy follow?
A: We are proud to announce we will use the Direct Instruction Curriculum, combined with the Core Knowledge Curriculum. Direct instruction allows the teacher to instruct and then assess every student individually. This program is proven effective at increasing students' knowledge as well as their self esteem. Core Knowledge focuses on the concept of "knowledge builds on knowledge". Students will focus on specific knowledge at each grade level. As they master each level, additional knowledge will be presented. We will also offer Spanish language integration. We are designing a curriculum that will allow a portion of instruction to all students, every day, in the Spanish language.
Q: Who will staff the Cannon Beach Academy?
A: Qualified education professionals will staff our school. We will select teachers and staff based on their ability to fulfill the mission and vision of our school.
Q: Where will the school be?
A: Our long-term goal is to construct a school on acreage that the City of Cannon Beach will purchase east of HWY 101 just south of Haystack Heights. We anticipate that it may take several years before our new school will be constructed. In the interim, we will rely on a temporary location. We are currently evaluating several possibilities to serve as a temporary location for our school.
Q: Why are you creating a charter school?
A: Several reasons fueled the formation of the Cannon Beach Academy. Not having a school in the community changes the environment of our town. We currently have a thriving community and an elementary school is a central component of that community. The charter school will promote parental and community involvement in the education of our young children. Also, we are excited to create a school where we have a choice in the way the children are educated. We are also interested, as a community, in attracting and retaining young families to live in our community.