Welcome From Our Founders: Marybeth Childers and George CoccarelliMagellan was founded on the premise that learning is a dynamic process that is on-going,interactive, and fun. We wanted this place called "school" to be
filled with a flurry of purposeful activity and challenging thought, a place
where students are enlivened by a desire to learn, and where exceptional
teachers bring content to life, skillfully showing how what students learn has
meaning and application in the real world. We also envisioned a place where
parents were a welcomed and integral part of school life and where an
enthusiasm for knowledge would infect us all. Through the tireless efforts of
many, The Magellan Charter School has become just such a place. There's an old
saying that goes, "If you find a turtle sitting on a fence post, you can
guarantee he didn't get there by himself." Magellan is a joint venture.
It's the school that "WE" built:students, staff, parents, and the
community. All of us at Magellan invite you to take an informational tour
through our web site and discover what our school is all about. Welcome!
Come sail with us on an educational voyage for highly motivated learners at The Magellan Charter School.
sail with us on an educational voyage for highly motivated learners at The
Magellan Charter School. At Magellan,
students journey through their middle grades in a diverse program that balances
direct instruction, exploration, collaboration and experiential learning. We
believe it is our responsibility to empower students with the desire to know
more. The goals we have set for our students are accomplished by providing a
nurturing, non-threatening environment in which they feel free to take risks in
their learning. Students work in small classes where they can establish
collaborative relationships with their classmates and teachers. Because of our
small class sizes, teachers are intimate with each student’s academic stature
and are therefore able to make sound instructional decisions. Our students
thrive in an environment where peers believe that excelling in school is “en
The teachers at Magellan are extremely
innovative and knowledgeable in their curricular area. They are nurturing,
energetic and dedicated to the educational and social development of
middle school age children. Our teachers have been carefully selected with the mission
of the school in mind. Our strong core of parent and community volunteers
enriches The Magellan Charter School experience. Magellan Partners in Education
(MaP) is an organization comprised of parents and staff who work diligently to
insure smooth passage for the students each year. MaP provides numerous
services for the school including an extensive parent volunteer program. By
being in the school on a daily basis, parents become an integral component in
their children’s education at Magellan.
When The Magellan Charter was established in
1997, we set out to provide continuity during a time of rapid growth and
development for third through eighth graders. It was believed that this
continuity would help students maintain their focus on academics. Today,
Magellan is home to approximately 440 successful students.
vision has become a reality!
A Brief History of Charter Schools Today
approximately 500,000 students in over 2000 schools across the country are
educated in charter schools. In North Carolina there were 99 charter schools in
operation as of the 2001-2002 school year. North Carolina legislation law
allows 100 schools to be chartered. More than 16,000 students are currently
enrolled in charter schools across North Carolina.
Just like all public schools, charter schools may not charge tuition. In
addition, they are open to all North Carolina students. Charter schools are
founded by individuals or groups with a common educational vision. Each school
has a specific mission and many are designed to serve a certain target
population. Therefore, it is important for parents to be familiar with the
programs and goals of a school to determine its suitability for their child.
While the small class sizes offered by charter schools are enticing, small
classes cannot substitute for an appropriate program for any child. Charter
schools are highly accountable for producing results.
By definition, charter schools lose their funding and cease to
exist if they do not deliver the educational action promised in their initial
proposal. Most are measured by the state's ABC's Accountability Model used to
assess all public schools. A school's performance on these measures can be
useful information as parents examine their choices. Charter schools add a new
level of choice to the public school system. They also allow teachers, parents,
and students the opportunity to have a great deal of involvement and influence
in our public schools. However, the reality of bringing vision into action can
test the patience and perseverance of even the most dedicated individuals.
Consequently, charter school families cannot be reminded too often that the rewards
that come with being educational pioneers can take several years to come to
fruition. Charter schools are not for the impatient, inflexible or
faint-hearted. Those who are willing to embark on this educational
journey--roll up their sleeves to help make it work--are rewarded with a
wonderful new form of public education that will serve this and future
generations of North Carolina students very well.