concept schools

Concept Schools


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    What exactly is a charter school?

    Charter schools are independently-operated public schools. There is no charge to parents because funding comes from state tax dollars, just like a traditional public school. While charter schools are similar to traditional public schools in that they adhere to the same academic requirements and must comply with the same state and local regulations, they also have additional responsibilities. These schools are overseen by their charter sponsor and school board while parents, who may choose another school if they are not satisfied, continue to hold the schools accountable. In addition, charter schools must be non-sectarian and adhere to all state and federal educational, health and safety regulations.

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    Where are the schools in the Concept network located?

    Concept Schools manages schools in seven different states: Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Missouri in the following cities:

    Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Dayton, Lorain, Youngstown and Toledo – Ohio

    Indianapolis – Indiana

    Chicago and Peoria – Illinois

    Hazel Park – Michigan

    Minneapolis – Minnesota

    Milwaukee – Wisconsin, and

    St. Louis – Missouri

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    Are students required to wear uniforms?

    All Concept-managed schools have a dress code or uniform policy, although individual school policies may vary. In all cases, the dress code requires clothing to be neat, modest and non-distracting to others. Most dress codes include dark or navy blue pants, skirts, skorts, jumpers or shorts with white collared tops, white or navy socks or tights and loafer-style shoes. Please contact us for specific information about individual schools’ dress codes or uniform policies.

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    What is your curriculum like?

    Concept offers a rigorous and challenging curriculum designed to prepare students for high academic achievement. Our goal is to graduate students who have the skills to succeed academically in high school, college, and beyond.  Our college-bound curriculum emphasizes science, technology, and math, although all other subjects are taught to the same high standards.

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    Are your teachers fully certified?

    The Federal No Child Left Behind Act requires all classroom teachers must be highly qualified. We attempt, in all cases, to employ highly qualified teachers who meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act. However, state law does permit a small percentage of teaching staff to be hired who are not fully certified, but are otherwise exceptionally qualified to teach specific subjects based on education, experience or content knowledge. In most cases, these teachers are working toward certification. We conduct an extensive interview and background check process with all of our teachers to ensure that they meet or exceed state requirements. We believe that teachers are the most important component of a school and select our teachers through a comprehensive selection process.

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    What type of extracurricular programs do you offer?

    We offer an array of activities to fit every student’s interests, including intramural sports, drama, chess, cheerleading/dance, orchestra, Spanish, and much more. We also offer local, national, and international trips for our students, staff, and parents.