At Urban Pathways, we give our students the opportunity to take responsibility for creating their own individual pathway to success.
Thanks to our small class sizes, our teachers are able to UPlift our students by providing them with mentoring and counseling they need and deserve to better themselves academically and as people, too.
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A charter school is a tuition-free, independently run public school. Charter schools have a lot more flexibility in their operation which boosts the potential of greater student performances. The school’s goals, mission, and methods of assessment are detailed in the “charter” which acts as the school’s performance contract. The school is then held accountable to live up to the standards set in the “charter” by a charter school authorizer which is normally a non-profit organization, government, or university. If the charter school does not meet its set standards, it can be closed. Charter schools do not require entrance exams, are open to all children, and must participate in state testing and federal accountability programs.
Charter schools are public schools, however, they are schools of choice which means that families can decide on and apply to the charter school they want to send their children. Charter schools aren’t under the constraints of the state education board and have the freedom to design a curriculum that meets their students’ needs. Conversely, traditional public schools are open to all students within the school district, without the need for an application. Public schools are governed by the school district and must abide by the education standards that are set forth by the state education board.closed. Charter schools do not require entrance exams, are open to all children, and must participate in state testing and federal accountability programs.
A completed Urban Pathways application which is submitted on time to Urban Pathways is required for participation in the lottery. The lottery is conducted annually at the April Board Meeting and will include all applications received. are open to all children, and must participate in state testing and federal accountability programs.
Each application received will be assigned a designated card with the student’s name on it. Beginning with sixth and proceeding to 12th grade, the cards will be placed in a container/bag and shaken. Each card will be individually drawn by a Board Trustee or a Board Designee. Each name will be read out loud and entered on a written list, kept by a second Board Trustee or Designee, who will record the student’s name and “seat number.” Each name drawn will be assigned a sequential number from one until all of the cards have been drawn for that grade.
In accordance with the Charter School’s Charter, as granted by the Pittsburgh Public School District, and pursuant to PA Charter School Law, preference will be given as follows:
1. All students currently enrolled in the Charter School from the prior school year are exempted from the lottery process.
2. Siblings (defined as children having one common parent) of students enrolled at Charter School from the prior school year are exempted from the lottery provided there is space available for the grade sought. Siblings must be Pittsburgh School District residents to be eligible for this preference. A sibling lottery will be held if there are more siblings than seats available in any grade.
3. Students who reside in the Pittsburgh Public School District.
4. Children who reside elsewhere in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Non-resident students’ per-pupil allotment must be paid by the district in which the non-resident student resides.