A charter school is an independently run public school granted greater flexibility in its operations, in return for greater accountability for performance. The “charter” establishing each school is a performance contract detailing the school’s mission, program, students served, performance goals, and methods of assessment.
Charter schools are public schools of choice, meaning that families choose them for their children. They operate with freedom from some of the regulations that are imposed upon district schools. Charter schools are accountable for academic results and for upholding the promises made in their charters. They must demonstrate performance in the areas of academic achievement, financial management, and organizational stability. If a charter school does not meet performance goals, it may be closed.
Nasha Shkola is an established multicultural charter school committed to academic excellence, providing a highly-structured learning environment based upon educational best practices for students interested in the Russian language and culture, achieved through the collaborative efforts of parents, staff, and the communities we serve.
Nasha Shkola (Наша Школа) is Russian for Our School. The school is a product of four years of dedicated work by the Slavic Community Center. One of the goals of the school is to address the needs of the Twin Cities Russian-speaking community and support bilingual children entering the public school system. To ensure academic excellence students are immersed in English as both language of instruction and language of curriculum content. Russian Language and Culture classes enrich the academic program and facilitate the acquisition of literacy in Russian and affirm students’ culture. Russian-speaking staff teach Russian Language, Music, Math and provide bilingual support services. Our program allows us to serve students who speak Russian at home and integrate them with English speaking children who desire to learn Russian. We are the only school in Minnesota to teach Russian language and culture to elementary-aged students.
98% of our students speak Russian at home or have a least one Russian speaking parent. Our students mainly come from Russian or Slavic American families that trace their heritage to Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Armenia, Moldova, Estonia, Latvia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Tadzhikistan, Azerbaijan, the United States, and more.
The school opened its doors in September of 2012 in Minnetonka, MN with over 80 students in grades K-5.
At the start of the 2013-2014 school year, the Russian Studies Curriculum was developed and implemented. The school underwent the strategic planning process under the direction of school authorizer, IQS. Working together, the group of staff, board directors and parents altered the mission and vision in order to establish our plans for the future.
In the summer of 2014, the school received Charter School Program Grant, planning and implementation grant, from the MN Department of Education. This grant allowed us to purchase much-needed curriculum, technology, and furniture to enhance teaching and learning, as well as increase student engagement.
In 2014-2015, the school changed the middle school structure: subject area teachers (Math, Science, English Language Arts and Social Studies) were hired. Our school continues to proudly offer small classes for grades 5-8.
In 2015-2016, the school began implementing the Formative Assessment model to improve student learning and achievement.
In 2016-2017, the school has initiated the important process of curriculum and standards alignment.