Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Who's who and who does what?
2. When should I contact the teacher if I have a concern?
Answer: Immediately. No concern is too small or too large to talk directly with your child's teacher. Additiional staff members may be included as needed.
3. How do I find school closing information?
Answer: School cancellations will be announced on local radio station WKNE (103.7 FM) in Keene on Channel 9 and www.wmur.com (Channel 9 news website).
4. What is a charter school?
Answer: Charter schools are public schools of choice that operate with freedom from many of the regulations that apply to traditional public schools. They are independent, tuition free to in state students, highly accountable and cost efficient. Charter schools are operated in accordance to a specific mission or "charter". The "charter" establishing each such school is a performance contract detailing the school's mission, program, goals, students served, methods of assessment, and ways to measure success. In New Hampshire, charter schools can be authorized by the State Board of Education or by a local district. Most schools in NH have been authorized by the State.
5. How are charter schools funded?
Answer: New Hampshire's State Authorized charter schools are funded directly by the state at $5500 per student. This is far less than the statewide average expenditure of $12,000-$13,000 per student.
Locally authorized charter schools are funded at approximately 80% of the average cost per pupil of their local district. Example – Average cost per pupil is $10,000 per student, locally authorized charters would receive $7,000-$8,000 per student.
6. How do students enroll at SVCS?
Answer: Application periods begin in January. Students that wish to attend SVCS in the fall can apply in January of that same year. If more applications are received during an application period than spaces available then a lottery will be conducted.