Saturday, February 06, 2016

Mission and Vision

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SYSTEM VISION
Our vision, as a community, is to cultivate character and foster life-long learning through a challenging educational experience in a safe environment.

SYSTEM MISSION
It is our mission to prepare students to succeed in a global society by providing a personalized and rigorous curriculum through excellence in teaching.
The Pembroke Pines Charter Schools are A Schools.
The City of Pembroke Pines Charter Schools are municipally owned and operated by the City of Pembroke Pines
Central Campus East Campus FSU Campus High School Academic Middle West Elementary West Middle

Lottery

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Lottery Application: Jan 20, 2016 thru Mar 20, 2016 (New: Wait listed applicants must re-submit yearly to stay in lottery pool & keep seniority.)
Reassignment Requests: Jan 20, 2016 thru Feb 20, 2016
Current Student Re-enrollments: Jan 20, 2016 thru Mar 20, 2016 (All current students must re-enroll and update contact information.)

About Us

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HOW AND WHY WE OPENED?
During the early 1990’s, the Broward County School District was the fifth largest district in the United States. The Mayor had a vision to find a solution to the severe overcrowding in the Pembroke Pines public schools. Working closely with the City Commission and the City Manager, their solution was to build the Pembroke Pines Charter School System. As a result, the School Board of Broward County was relieved of the burden of absorbing additional students. More importantly, the reduction of student population from public schools has allowed the students of Pembroke Pines, both public and charter, the ability to be taught in an environment that is more conducive to learning.

OUR CURRENT CHARTER SCHOOL SYSTEM
The 2015-16 charter school system budget is $50.6 million. Our charter school system has 610 employees and approximately 5,905 students in 4 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, and 1 high school. Presently, the Pembroke Pines Charter School System has a waiting list of over 15,000 applicants.


PUBLIC EDUCATION CAPITAL OUTLAY FUND
Florida’s primary source of funding for the capital needs of charter schools is the Public Education Capital Outlay Fund. Over the last 16 years, the total allocation to our system has decreased by 56%. If we were to be funded at the same level of 2001, our system will be allocated an additional $3 million for capital improvements.
WHAT IS A CHARTER SCHOOL?
A charter school is a publicly funded school that, in accordance with an enabling state statute, has been granted a charter exempting it from selected state or local rules and regulations. As part of the contract, charter schools are held strictly accountable for academic and financial results.

OUR CHARTER SCHOOL SYSTEM SUCCESSES
In 2007, our Charter Schools were named as one of the 2007 National Charter Schools of the Year. In 2009, the Pembroke Pines Charter Middle School was named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education. This is the highest award a school can receive. Based on FCAT scores and other factors, our elementary & middle schools have earned an A rating for 15 consecutive years. Also, in 2014, our High School was recognized by U.S. News & World Report Magazine as one of the nations’ best high schools.

STATE SHARED REVENUE PER STUDENT
State shared Revenue is a major source of funding for our charter schools. Since 2008, our funding has declined 4.8% per student. This lack of revenue amounts to over $2.1 million that we will not be receiving in the 2015-16 school year.


 

News

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Greetings City of Pembroke Pines Charter School Parents/Guardians,

The Pembroke Pines Charter Schools would like to thank our parents for being patient as we addressed and resolved the glitches that were affecting the Re-enrollment process within our enrollment website. Our Development team and our Registrars were working diligently to improve the parent experience, and we would like to report that our enrollment website www.pineschaterapply.net, is re-vamped and ready to receive our parents!

As a reminder, all reassignment requests will need to be submitted by February 20th, 2016. The last day for re-enrollment is March 20th, 2016. We would like to remind our parents who have not yet re-enrolled their student(s) that every parent will be awarded 1 service volunteer hour, per student. Parents who would like to submit a new lottery application for a sibling, must submit the application by March 20th, 2016.

If you have any questions or encounter any issues, please contact our Registrars, as they will be readily available to assist. Contact information is available by visiting http://pinescharter.net/ContactUs.aspx.

Again, thank you for your cooperation and feedback during the Open Enrollment period.

Sincerely,

Eric Gutierrez

PPCS Lead Registrar Liaison
  

  

Dear Parents
 
We are aware there are some technical difficulties on the re-enrollment website in regards to the student's information.
 
Our IT Department is working diligently to resolve these issues.  We will notify you via Parent Link when the issues are resolved.
 
We thank you for your patience. 
  

Dear Charter School Parents,

As one of the nation’s largest charities, the United Way of America understands the impact that charitable giving has on improving communities and helping individuals.  Education is just one of the United Way’s top priorities when advocating for good public policy and their team of volunteers work vigilantly every day to ensure that every child has a quality education.

We wanted to remind you that donating through the United Way is yet another fantastic option parents have to contribute through partnering with their participating employers towards their SOS Parent Donation.  Please check with your employers to see if this is an option for you and remember to tell your employer that you would like your donation to go to the Pembroke Pines Charter School Foundation, Inc.   The contact information for our local chapters, United Way of Broward County and United Way of Miami-Dade are listed below.  Remember, your parent donation is a direct investment into your child’s education and no matter which method you choose to donate towards your SOS Parent Donation, all contributions to the Pembroke Pines Charter School Foundation are tax-deductible.
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Dear Parents and Guardians,

Please read this 2015-2016 SOS Parent Letter and this SOS Pledge Form. 
  

Hello City of Pembroke Pines Charter School Parents,

In the past week, some of you have received notification from Broward County that all Broward County Public Schools will be providing free breakfast meals to all students.   Please keep in mind that the City of Pembroke Pines Charter School System is not participating in the free breakfast meals initiative currently being advertised by Broward County Public Schools. Such initiative is available because the Broward County Public Schools have a much larger population of students that receive Free or Reduced Price Meals.

Below are the 2015-16 breakfast and lunch meal prices for the City of Pembroke Pines Charter Schools:

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Hello Charter School Parents,
We would like to thank all of our charter school families that donated to the Support Our Schools Campaign in the 2014-15 school year.  Through the hard work of parent volunteers and family donations, we raised just over $151,000 this past year.  We are proud to announce that this will be our second year as the Support Our Schools Campaign and we hope to be all the more successful. 

Furthermore, we’d like to give a warm welcome to the families that are new to our City of Pembroke Pines Charter School system and offer a brief overview of our cause.  Support Our Schools (SOS) is a grassroots fundraising arm of the Pembroke Pines Charter School Foundation (PPCSF), and the campaign is run by dedicated parent volunteers and charter school staff. Currently, our charter schools receive less capital funding compared to a traditional public school, and as capital and state funding for our charter schools continue to decrease over time, proceeds raised through the SOS Campaign help us bridge this growing financial gap so that we can continue to raise the quality of education and resources for our charter school students. 
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Strategic Plan

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SYSTEM CORE BELIEFS

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Our system believes that:
  • All students are to be treated with dignity and respect and have the right to learn, grow, and maximize their full potential without limitations.
  • Collaboration among all stakeholders is vital in meeting the individual needs of all students.
  • All students should be educated in a safe and nurturing environment and have access to a well-rounded and rigorous curriculum.
  • A highly qualified staff is directly related to student success.
  • High expectations for academic achievement will prepare students for college and career readiness.
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