Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a charter school and a public school?

  • A charter school is a public school.  It must meet all of the same rules and regulations as any public school and it receives per pupil funding from the state in the same way as any public school does.  The main difference between a charter school and a traditional public school is that for a charter school enrollment is not tied to a specific geographic area.

Francis Street Primary is identified as a not-for-profit charter school.  How does this make it different than a for-profit charter school?​​

  • As a self-managed, non-profit charter school this means that more dollars are available for instruction and services for students.

What type of curriculum will be used at Francis Street Primary?

  • The official name of the curriculum model is EL Education. This is a nationally recognized program that has been very successful with all kinds of children in all kinds of settings. EL Education features a different approach to teaching and learning which emphasizes student engagement, project based mastery learning, and quality outcomes. Service Learning/Community Involvement activities are also an important part of the EL curriculum.

  • To go to the EL Education website and find out more about the EL Education approach, click here.  To download a brochure describing the research supporting this approach, click here.  And, as always, feel free to contact us with questions.


Besides the curriculum, what makes Francis Street Primary a school I should consider sending my child/children to?

  • Francis Street Primary will offer an extended school year, small class sizes (20 children per class), an individualized success plan for each child and a personalized approach to education where every child will be known and cared for.