Fireweed Academy

Posted: Sunday, August 15, 2004

History: Fireweed Acad-emy, formerly known as Homer Charter School, was founded by parents, teachers and community members in 1997. The public charter school located in two portable buildings at Paul Banks Elementary School on East End Road in Homer serves about 30 students in grades three through six. Students learn under a "theme immersion model," meaning the school integrates subjects such as language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, physical education, health, humanities and technology into quarter-long units on themes such as community, communication or culture. The school focuses on project-based learning and the Socratic process.

Contact information/b>

Teacher Kiki Abrahamson/b>

kabrahamson@kpbsd.k12.ak.us

Secretary Carol Aderhold/b>

caderhold@kpbsd.k12.ak.us

Mail-phone/b>:

P.O. Box 474

Homer, AK 99603

235-9728 (phone)

235-8163 (fax)

Web:

www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/fireweed/

Demographics: The 30 students at Fireweed Academy are Caucasian, with no minority groups represented. About 10 percent of the students experience disabilities, and 37 percent come from economically disadvantaged homes.

Staffing: Fireweed Aca-demy employs two full-time teachers, who have a combined average of about six years experience with the district. Also at the school is a half-time secretary, a .44 FTE aide position and a quarter-time custodian. The school is overseen by an academic policy committee and maintains a 14:1 pupil-teacher ratio.

AYP: Fireweed Academy did meet adequate yearly progress during the 2002-03 school year, with 92 percent of its students proving proficient in language and 100 percent passing math tests. In 2003-04, more than 90 percent of students were proficient in each subject, and the school again made AYP.

Cocurricular: No sports programs are sponsored through the school. The school mascot is the Gryphons.

Registration: Students may register for classes between 9 a.m. and noon Aug. 19 and 20.

/b>Transportation: Call Laid-law for bus routes.

School hours: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Fireweed Academy

History: Fireweed Acad-emy, formerly known as Homer Charter School, was founded by parents, teachers and community members in 1997. The public charter school located in two portable buildings at Paul Banks Elementary School on East End Road in Homer serves about 30 students in grades three through six. Students learn under a "theme immersion model," meaning the school integrates subjects such as language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, physical education, health, humanities and technology into quarter-long units on themes such as community, communication or culture. The school focuses on project-based learning and the Socratic process.

Contact information/b>

Teacher Kiki Abrahamson/b>

kabrahamson@kpbsd.

k12.ak.us

Secretary Carol Aderhold/b>

caderhold@kpbsd.

k12.ak.us

Mail-phone/b>:

P.O. Box 474

Homer, AK 99603

235-9728 (phone)

235-8163 (fax)

Web:

www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/

fireweed/

Demographics: The 30 students at Fireweed Academy are Caucasian, with no minority groups represented. About 10 percent of the students experience disabilities, and 37 percent come from economically disadvantaged homes.

Staffing: Fireweed Aca-demy employs two full-time teachers, who have a combined average of about six years experience with the district. Also at the school is a half-time secretary, a .44 FTE aide position and a quarter-time custodian. The school is overseen by an academic policy committee and maintains a 14:1 pupil-teacher ratio.

AYP: Fireweed Academy did meet adequate yearly progress during the 2002-03 school year, with 92 percent of its students proving proficient in language and 100 percent passing math tests. In 2003-04, more than 90 percent of students were proficient in each subject, and the school again made AYP.

Cocurricular: No sports programs are sponsored through the school. The school mascot is the Gryphons.

Registration: Students may register for classes between 9 a.m. and noon Aug. 19 and 20.

/b>Transportation: Call Laid-law for bus routes.

School hours: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.



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