FAQ

What is a charter school?

A charter school is a public school that provides an additional option for parents when it comes to their child’s education.  They follow a curriculum that is driven by a particular educational philosophy or by a specialized field of instruction.      

Who can go to Robert Frost Public Charter School?

Robert Frost Public Charter School is open to any NH student in grades K-8.  For the academic year 2013-2014 grades K-5 will be offered,  for the academic year 2014-2015 grades K-6 will be offered, for the academic year 2015/2016 grades K-7 will be offered.   

Will RFPCS serve students with special needs?

Yes.  As an open enrollment school, the Robert Frost Public Charter School strives to serve the needs of ALL students through our unique curriculum and learner-centered classroom environment that meets each child where they are academically, emotionally and socially and moves them forward at their own pace.

Where is the school located?

The Robert Frost Charter School is located at 1675 White Mountain Highway, Conway, NH.

What type of educational instruction will be utilized at the Robert Frost Charter School?

The educational instruction will be a unique blend of Montessori and Project-Based Learning opportunities in multi-age classrooms that will enable students to develop new skills at their own pace and use those skills in meaningful collaborative projects.

What is a multi-age classroom?

Students of 3 grade levels will be grouped together in the same classroom. Students aged 6 to 9 (1st – 3rd grade) will share a classroom and 9-12 year olds (4th-6th grade) will share a classroom.  Kindergarten will be a single grade classroom for academic year 2014-2015.

What is Montessori?

Montessori emphasizes learning through all five senses in a mixed-age classroom.  Children in Montessori classes learn at their own, individual pace and according to their own choice of activities from hundreds of possibilities in all academic areas. Children are encouraged to take ownership of their learning and view it as an exciting process of discovery. Through this approach students develop concentration, motivation, self-discipline, and a love of learning. Teachers offer individual lessons, guide students to explore every subject area, and develop a classroom community of respect, cooperation and cohesion.

What is Project Based Learning in the 21st Century Classroom?

An approach to instruction that encourages collaboration, organization, personal responsibility and problem-solving skills, Project-Based Learning encourages students to apply their knowledge in all areas of the curriculum and explore real-world problems and challenges by working on collaborative projects with a group of peers.  Students develop meaningful projects with the support of teachers, outside experts and community leaders, and through the creation and presentation of their projects, students gain the skills they need to be successful in the 21st century including communication and presentation skills, organization, time management, research and inquiry skills, self-assessment, reflection, group participation and leadership.

How many students and how many classrooms are there in the first year and what is RFCS plans for growth?

First year (2012-2013): the school is serving elementary-age students in grades 1-4 in one mixed-age lower elementary classroom and one upper elementary classroom. 

2013/2014 Academic Year: we will introduce a second lower elementary classroom and a second upper elementary classroom for a total of 4 classrooms.

2014/2015 Academic Year: we will have two lower elementary classrooms, two upper elementary classrooms and one kindergarten classroom for a total of 5 classrooms.

Will Robert Frost Public Charter School charge tuition?

No.  Public schools, including the Robert Frost Public Charter School, cannot and will not charge tuition for any student who resides in the state of NH.

What is the typical class size?

RFPCS will establish multi-aged classrooms of 3 year groupings with the goal of 20-24 students per classroom with one Lead Teacher and one Assistant Teacher. 

Do you participate in the Eastern Slope Ski Club?

RFCS is very excited that our students participate in the ESSC program.  RFPCS students participate in the ESSC program at Cranmore Mountain.

How long do RFPCS students have for recess?  

RFCS students have a total of 30 minutes for recess in a school day.

How long do RFPCS students have for lunch?  

RFPCS students have a total of 30 minutes for lunch in a school day.

How involved are parents/guardians allowed or expected to be?

Family involvement is critical to the success of our students.  We encourage families to be involved in their children’s education.  Through scheduled volunteer opportunities, regular communication with staff in support of student academic progress, and participation in school events and fundraising RFPCS staff and families can develop a powerful partnership for student learning.

Will RFPCS hold a lottery for admission?

In compliance with NH law, in the event that the number of applicants exceeds available capacity, a public lottery will be held, with a wait list developed from any lottery overflow.

How do I enroll my child at Robert Frost Public Charter School?

Applications are available for download from our website.  For the 2015/2016 school year, applications must be postmarked by March 2, 2015 to participate in the open enrollment period.  If after the open enrollment period spots are available in classes, applications will be accepted on an as received basis.

Is there a policy in place about accepting siblings?

Yes.  Siblings of children already enrolled at the School will receive preference as long as space is available in the requested grade.  It does not guarantee the siblings admission.

Is this school a part of or affiliated with any private school? 

No.  Robert Frost Public Charter School is a public charter and is not affiliated in any way with any private school.

Who does the Robert Frost Public Charter School report to? 

All New Hampshire charter schools are held accountable by the Department of Education through the state’s required standardized test assessments and are expected to meet the specific goals presented in the charter application.

How did the Robert Frost Public Charter School come about?

The founders are a group of committed parents who worked extensively with the NH Department of Education and the State Board of Education to provide a public alternative to traditional school settings. Because no one educational approach is successful for all children, we set out to expand the educational options available in the North Country.

When was the RFCS Charter approved? 

On October 12, 2011, the NH State Board of Education granted unanimous approval of the Robert Frost Charter School.