New K-8 Charter School Option for Novato Families - Meeting TONIGHT

Please join Pivot Charter School on Tuesday, March 11th at 6pm to learn about their proposed Core Knowledge-based, K-8 education program for North Bay families: 

Tuesday, March 11th at 6pm
Best Western Novato Oaks Inn
215 Alameda del Prado, Novato         

Spanish translation will be available


Another meeting will be held on March 26th:

Wednesday, March 26th at 6pm
Novato City Hall - Council Chambers
901 Sherman Ave., Novato

Pivot's initial community meeting was well attended, and Pivot continues to receive strong interest in their innovative education program from North Bay families. Interested parents are asked to submit their Intent to Enroll Form for the 2014-2015 school year prior to the March 31st deadline.

For more information and to download the Intent to Enroll Form please visit http://www.pivotnorthbay.com/community-meeting-k-8-public-charter-school-option

About Pivot Charter Schools and the Proposed Novato K-8 Program

Pivot Charter Schools operates accredited, public charter schools throughout California, the closest of which is located in Santa Rosa. The leadership of Pivot has decades of experience in successfully operating schools, and they have an incredible passion for creating unique learning environments that focus on student success. Through its current approved "charter", which is the official authority to operate a charter school, Pivot North Bay is legally authorized to open a resource center in Marin County.

Using the Core Knowledge curriculum as its foundation, this proposed program will combine an engaging, site-based classroom with the best of an independent study environment, which offers flexibility to meet individual student needs, interests and learning styles. In this small, caring learning environment students will feel safe and get the attention and help that they need to succeed and excel.

Pivot Charter School, North Bay is proposing to open an independent study resource center in Novato for the 2014-2015 school year. This charter school would be free, with enrollment open to any interested family, and will feature: 

  • An innovative educational choice for K-8 
  • Core Knowledge, a rigorous, detailed and sequential curriculum that is aligned with Common Core State Standards 
  • An efficient "blended learning" or "flipped" classroom model that allows teachers to focus on individual student needs and achievement 
  • A balance of on-site and independent study best suited to the needs of younger, elementary and middle school students 
  • Common school-wide instruction allowing students to learn at their ability level vs. grade level 
  • High academic and behavioral expectations, with a focus on global studies 
  • Caring teachers
Roger March 11, 2014 at 09:51 PM
Suzanne: Any guesses at possible locations and student body size? I wouldn't sign a letter of intent unless I heard some rough answers to those data questions. If the size is only 50 students, a location could easily be found. But a student body of 600 would be tough to refurbish and open in August.
novato 3per March 11, 2014 at 09:58 PM
They made a point to let everyone know Spanish interpreters would be on hand. I wonder what all the other immigrants will do.
Suzanne A March 12, 2014 at 04:08 PM
Hi Roger - It was discussed at the meeting that a number of locations are being evaluated. The Intent to Enroll is meant to provide the information needed for Pivot to be able to answer the questions you pose. They wouldn't be able to give parents an idea of the student body size, grades served or feasible locations until they know how many are interested. Your situation presents kind of a Catch 22 if you aren't willing to signal interest until you have those answers. Parents at the meetings seemed to understand this and willing to submit the Intent forms knowing that the size, grades and location will follow. My guess would be that the school could be roughly anywhere from 75 to 150, but that is just a pure guess. More info should be available after Intent forms are turned in - due date March 31st. Next meeting is March 26th at 6pm at City Hall at 901 Sherman Ave.
Roger March 12, 2014 at 05:02 PM
Suzanne: I hope this charter succeeds. Novato needs a good one to keep the school board's feet to the fire on performance for their own schools that they run. Charters seems to get families with parents who are very active in their kids lives. Thus, there is often less of a gang problem on campus. If the school district gives you a bad time at the 3/26 meeting, I am going to vote against the district's tax measure on the ballot this year.


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