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Concept Schools


Concept Schools is a management company that reshapes K-12 education through the use of the Concept Schools Design. We use our expertise in STEM-focused, college preparatory primary and secondary education to create or help to create effective charter public schools that share the common goal of exceptional student learning through clearly defined standards and innovative school designs and educational approaches.

Back in 1999, a small group of educators, engineers and academicians founded Horizon Science Academy Cleveland and Horizon Science Academy Columbus in Ohio, both of which went on to receive the National Blue Ribbon Award from the U.S. Department of Education. The group, which included Turkish-American educators, developed what has evolved into a proven successful school design that Concept implements in all of its schools today. Part of this visionary team was our current CEO, Sedat Duman, and Vice President, Salim Ucan.

Upon attaining a high level of success with HSA Cleveland and HSA Columbus, the same team went on to found Concept Schools as part of their replication model in 2003. Since then Concept has grown to manage and/or operate 30 schools in seven different states in the Midwest.

In such as short time, Concept has become one of the most sought-after organizations when it comes to STEM- focused charter schools in the Midwest. In a research study released in January 2013 by CREDO of Stanford University, Concept Schools was named among the highest-performing charter support organizations in the nation. Our many other instances of local, state, and national recognition over the past 16 year attest to the success of our school model.

What Is a Charter School?

A charter school is a publicly-funded, tuition-free institution with non-selective enrollment. Like any school there is a maximum number of students allowed per grade and classroom; most charter schools offer small class sizes and school sizes. Charter schools are an alternative to traditional public schools and are paid for with state tax dollars. They provide parents with the opportunity to send their student to a school that uses educational practices that fit with their student’s style of learning. While charter schools have the ability to utilize different methods than public schools, they are under the same academic regulations as dictated by the state. Charter schools are privately run and have a board that oversees progress and holds the schools accountable.

What Is the Curriculum Like?

Concept-managed schools are dedicated to preparing students for college. The schools boast almost 100% college acceptance and provide STEM-based education, in addition to a full humanities curriculum. Concept students are prepared to succeed in high school, college and beyond and are given the rigorous education they need to excel in any of the following fields:

  1. Engineering
  2. Health and Medicine
  3. Chemistry
  4. Computer Technology
  5. Economics
  6. Math
  7. and more

The students at Concept Schools have high expectations, and faculty members set the standards high knowing that students will achieve them with the right motivation and support.

What Is the Difference Between Concept Schools and a Public School?

Concept Schools offer students an individually-focused learning plan that guides them towards graduation and acceptance into colleges and universities. With a highly-skilled staff composed of STEM-educated professionals, students learn from teachers who are experts in their fields. The benefits of Concepts Schools over a traditional public school include:

  1. Smaller class sizes
  2. Individualized education
  3. Higher standards and expectations
  4. Visits from teachers and administrators in the home
  5. Rigorous curriculum
  6. College counselors and frequent college visits

Concept Schools offer extracurricular activities that can be found at any public school, including clubs, sports, music, dance, and more. In addition, our schools offer robotics clubs, math competitions, and Ivy League Mentorship Program. There is a constant focus on community and parent involvement. Students, parents, and staff members take regular trips together to local, national, and international locations.

Preparing your child for life after graduation takes a pro-active approach and a high level of dedication. With a STEM-focused education from Concept Schools, your child will be leave school with the skills they need to succeed in in the jobs of the future.