Enrollment lottery begins for Chesapeake Public Charter School

Lexington Park, MD- Starting Friday, Dec.1, you can sign up your child for the admission lottery for Chesapeake Public Charter School (CPCS).

The charter school falls within St. Mary’s County Public Schools and opened back in 2007. There are just under 400 students enrolled in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade

CPCS stands out in many ways from traditional public schools. Students have a longer school year, operating on an 11 month school year. The school believes the shorter summer break means less loss of academics. Despite the longer school calendar, students at CPCS get more breaks throughout the year.

Another advantage for students at CPCS is a smaller classroom size with a ratio of 21:1, with some classes dropping to a ratio of 10:1. Parents say the smaller class allows for more teacher involvement.

The school focuses on Arts and Environment but follows the same Common Core State Standards. A big difference between CPCS and a traditional public school is how students are taught in the classroom. The teachers collaborate at the beginning of the year to lay out the curriculum and identify which standards are going to be met throughout the year. The school calls this process “scrolling” and it’s all mapped out for the teachers, students and parents.

Another difference between CPCS and traditional schools are the report cards. It’s a standard-based report card, not grade based. Students at CPCS are also responsible for a growth portfolio to track their progress and show how they’re reaching the set standards.

CPCS is bound by the same rules and regulations as all public schools in St. Mary’s County when it comes to special education services. The school does have special educators and a speech therapist on staff. There are also physical and occupational therapists available, as needed.

{Editor's change] There is some public transportation available for CPCS, and several bus hubs throughout the county for student drop off and pick up. 

Admission for CPCS is based on a lottery system. Sign up for the lottery begins Dec. 1 and runs through the end of the month.

Parents are invited to two open houses to learn more about the school, the teachers and the academics offered at the school, as well as parental involvement. The first open house is Wednesday, Dec. 6 from 5 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Dec. 12 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

You can find more information about the open houses and the open enrollment by clicking here 

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