It’s a scary fact for many parents that Arizona is ranked 49th in the U.S. for its education system. Most parents are unsure of the alternative options that exist for their child’s education aside from expensive private schools or moving out of state.
“It is important that parents know the options for their child’s education,” said Karen Edris, superintendent at Bright Beginnings, a Chandler-based charter school. “Unfortunately, most parents don’t understand the difference between a public school, private school and a charter school.”
Bright Beginnings is a kindergarten through eighth grade charter school that offers an accelerated curriculum to its students in order to prepare them for high school and beyond. The school’s accelerated curriculum has continually placed Bright Beginnings among the top-ranked schools in Arizona since opening in 1996.
“Our students are learning material that is at least one grade level ahead of their current grade; this offers students a competitive edge, and pushes them to excel and academically grow,” said Edris. “More than that, we focus on educating the whole student – not just the academics but also the arts. In an age where these types of programs are being cut from public schools, we are adding and expanding them at Bright Beginnings to round out our entire program.”
Along with an accelerated curriculum, Bright Beginnings offers smaller class sizes compared to district public schools, which can have more than 25 students per classroom. Bright Beginnings has a 12:1 student-to-teacher ratio, with a full-time aide in each elementary classroom, as well as a middle school aide for additional classroom support. While smaller class sizes are a common characteristic of many private schools, these schools are tuition-based. Bright Beginnings is tuition-free and continues to maintain low numbers in classes, which provides students with a hands-on learning approach and a personalized education.
To educate East Valley parents on the benefits and differences of a charter school education at Bright Beginnings, the school is hosting a free open house event on Monday, February 3, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event will include an educational presentation on Bright Beginnings’ accelerated curriculum and its fine arts focus, a staff ‘meet and greet’ and Q & A session. There will also be a raffle with prizes from local businesses.
The event will be held on the campus of Bright Beginnings Middle School, located at 2716 N. Dobson Road, Chandler, AZ 85224.
To learn more about Bright Beginnings, or to RSVP for the event, please call 480-634-8867 or visit www.bbschl.com.