A new school year means not only a new start for students but a new start for some of Southern Arizona's schools.
That goes for new charter schools and district schools being turned into charters.
Open Doors Community School will have its first day ever next week in Marana. Some school districts are also looking into the charter movement.
Open Doors is a k through 8 school but its only K-4 right now. Its focus is small class sizes no larger than 25 students each. It also offers before school and after school programs so that parents can leave their students here all day with programs that have structure. But school districts like Vail and now Tanque Verde are also looking into making schools in to charters. Vail already has several. Tanque verde could transition Tanque Verde Elementary into a charter with emphasis on character development for its student. Per pupil funding could increase by $1,400.
Open Doors aims to become a K-8 over time as students progress; to become a school where the whole family is involved.
"Community feeling where everyone's involved, not just the parents, but the grandparents, the younger kids, and that's the model we want to grow," said Doug Roe with Open Doors.
School starts Monday, just like Marana.
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