Frequently Asked Questions
What is a charter school?
Charter schools are public schools and are free to attend. They are responsive to student needs and held accountable for student achievement and financial responsibility.
Charter schools can be sponsored by local school districts, Career Technology Centers, universities, federally-recognized Indian tribes, and the Oklahoma State Department of Education. The Academy of Seminole is sponsored by the Oklahoma State Department of Education.
The basic concept of a charter school is to exercise increased autonomy in return for accountability. Charter schools are responsible to several groups for both academic results and fiscal practices: the sponsor that grants them, the parents who choose them and the public that funds them.
Charter schools are given freedom to innovate, choose their own curriculum and create their own discipline systems. Some specialty charter schools focus on areas such as math, fine arts, science or health. The Academy of Seminole will create a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) focused Early College High School, and for the middle and elemntary schools will follow classical educational philosophy by promoting a rigorous academic program fostering intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, virtuous character building, and a lifelong passion for learning.
Is the Academy a Private School?
No – TAOS is a public charter school, free to attend and open to any student in the state of Oklahoma. Public charter schools are open to all students to enroll. When applications exceed the school’s capacity, a random lottery is held.
Charter schools cannot “limit admission based on ethnicity, national origin, gender, income level, disabling condition, English proficiency, measures of achievement, aptitude, or athletic ability.”
What is an Early-College High School?
Early College High Schools (ECHS) are innovative high schools that allow students to attend college an opportunity to earn a high school diploma and 60 college credit hours.
Early College High Schools:
- provide dual credit at no cost to students
- offer rigorous instruction and accelerated courses
- provide academic and social support services to help students succeed
- increase college readiness, and
- reduce barriers to college access.
What is a Classical Education?
Classical education offers over 2,000 years of academic success. An education based on the teachings of the giants of philosophy—Aristotle, Plato, Socrates—and provides the skills necessary to communicate and function in a global society. Using the Socratic method of learning, students will become lifelong learners and productive leaders.
Mastery is necessary before advancement. Rigorous academic standards in all areas of instruction will be maintained. Students will demonstrate mastery in the core subjects before moving on to new levels. After mastery, students will be allowed to move forward in order to reach their fullest potential.
A knowledge-rich curriculum is necessary for future success. A strong foundation in the core subjects of English, History, Science, and Mathematics will prepare students for any and every college opportunity while also creating lifelong learners.