Parents must act quickly to enroll their child in the new tuition-free charter school, Hardy Brown College Prep, which opens August 18 at the Carousel Mall in downtown San Bernardino.
School officials estimate they can accommodate a total of 20 additional first, second, third and sixth graders before the school reaches capacity. Enrollment for the kindergarten class has already closed with nearly 30 children on the waiting list.
“The groundswell of support from the community is overwhelming.
Families share in our vision to put every student on the path to success,” said Howana Lundy, Hardy Brown College Prep’s principal, whose son will be a first grader at the school.
Hardy Brown College Prep’s educational philosophy is based on the proven record of PS7, a high-performing charter school in Sacramento where 86% of the students are African-American and 76% of the students are economically disadvantaged.
High expectations will be set at Hardy Brown College Prep where students, parents, teachers and staff work collaboratively to create a culture of achievement. In addition, students, parents and teachers all must uphold a commitment to put in the time needed to achieve success.
“The parental commitment is key. If parents are actively involved in their children’s education, then the children are more likely to do better in school and ultimately go to college,” said Nelson Brown, whose son, Jeremy Blanche, will be entering the sixth grade at Hardy Brown College Prep. “However, this school not only involves parents, it also empowers them.”
The school day is longer than other public schools with classes beginning at 7:30 am each day and dismissing around 4 pm. In addition, Hardy Brown College Prep has afterschool programs and programs during school breaks to help accelerate student achievement.
“By the time our kindergarteners have completed their first year of school, they’ll have spent the same amount of time as a third grader in a traditional school,” said Ms. Lundy.
The school is focused on results and expects a high level of academic performance, so every child may succeed in college and the world beyond.
While school officially begins August 18, weeks of work already have been underway to get students and teachers ready for the first day of school. Sixth grade students recently attended a boot camp at CSU, San Bernardino to learn more about the culture and founding principles of Hardy Brown College Prep. Teachers also participated in a week of staff development.
Finally, each student, parent and teacher are meeting to determine every student’s individualized learning plan.
“Hardy Brown College Prep doesn’t waste a moment of time. Our kids will literally hit the ground running on day one,” said Nelson Brown.
Community service also plays a pivotal role in the Hardy Brown College Prep’s educational philosophy.
In order to enroll your child, parents must complete an application and turn in supporting documents including:
• A copy of the child’s birth certificate.
• A copy of the student’s immunization records.
• Residence verification (such as a utility bill or phone bill)
• Copy of the report card, discipline record and STAR test results from the student’s current school.
For more information, contact the school at (909) 522-1916.
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