Approve Danbury Prospect Charter School, we want more public school options in Danbury

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As parents, advocates, and community members, we are pleased to have been working on behalf of Danbury Prospect Charter School over the last 12 months. The Danbury Prospect team is currently seeking approval to become a thriving K-12 free public school option for Danbury families and we are urging Governor Malloy and Commissioner Wentzell to approve our application.  
Modeled after sister school, Brooklyn Prospect Charter School currently operating four successful schools in Brooklyn, New York, Danbury Prospect will educate students using a curriculum built around the prestigious and academically challenging International Baccalaureate (IB) framework, to engage students in inquiry-based learning, nurture curiosity and grow critical thinking skills. Once approved, the school will not only be Danbury’s first public charter school, it will also be the first public school in Connecticut modeled around the pillars of the IB program throughout all K - 12 grades.
An IB education centers on learners, develops effective approaches to teaching and learning, and works with global contexts. In so doing, the program develops multilingual students and fosters intercultural understanding while also encouraging students to consider both local and global perspectives.

Danbury Prospect plans to start with 6th grade and grow a grade every year until we reach capacity with a proposed school-wide enrollment of approximately 1,000 K-12th grade students. Our hope is to alleviate middle and high school overcrowding while still maintaining a small school feel. Approval of our application will pave the way for more innovative public school options in Danbury, and provide more middle school seats to help relieve overcrowding.  

In addition, Danbury Prospect will push the academic performance boundaries of students by creating a culture of high expectations for both students and teachers. Currently in Danbury, 3rd through 5th grade students keep pace with their statewide peers in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math, but fall significantly behind in middle school (6th-8th) compared to statewide proficiency levels. With a more rigorous and diverse program, and students for 13 years, we can provide the intellectual, personal, and social skills necessary for success in college and the global workforce.

Danbury Prospect’s vision is to recruit, hire, and retain teachers with a diverse set of experiences, including a wide variety of ethnicities, life and teaching experiences, and languages spoken. Just imagine the energy, breadth of experience, and innovation they would bring to families and students.

Approval of the Danbury Prospect Charter School application immediately opens the door to a world of possibilities, innovative globally researched-based instructional practices, and new free public school opportunities for the Danbury community-- we are truly excited by the prospect!  Please help us, by signing our petition.

Danbury Prospect Charter School Team



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