Elective Program

Be Involved.

Your involvement creates a more meaningful experience for each student.  

The Village Charter School elective program is run by volunteers and offers parents and community members the opportunity to share their knowledge, interests and skills with our students as a mentor on Thursday afternoons. 

Vision Statement

As we empower our students to discover their unique potential they will feel success, develop a sense of community, and thrive in the world around them.

Mission Statement

To offer an innovative, interest based program that utilizes passionate, innovative and encouraging members of the community as mentors who enrich our students’ knowledge through hands-on, meaningful and real world applicable activities.

Goal  

To help all students feel successful.  

How can I be involved?

There are several volunteer opportunities available for parents, family, professionals and community members, please click any of the links below to learn how you can be involved and make a difference.

What do you love to do?

The Village Charter School recognizes, honors, and seeks to help all students develop their innate gifts, talents and abilities.  The Elective Program provides an opportunity for students to pursue individual activities and excel in areas that respond to their particular needs, strengths and preferences.  Students are given opportunities to explore a variety of interests through project based elective classes.  Individual or group projects are presented at the conclusion of each session by the student(s).  

What classes will you offer?

These elective classes are not traditionally offered in a K-8 school, and may include (but not limited to) drama, photography, sign language, sports, sketching, foreign languages, individualized projects, cooking & baking, scrapbooking, technology, quilting & sewing, stagecraft for drama, presentation skills, business knowledge, crafts, dance-ballroom, swing, social, cheerleading, fitness, sports, emergency first aid, welding, creative writing, knitting, finance & economics, music, visual art, 3D animation, music production & recording, web design, podcasting, videography, wood working, etc.

What is the purpose of the program? 

The goal of the elective program is

 to help the students cultivate their unique gifts and abilities.  Through their success in the elective program, students:

  • develop confidence that will help them to feel successful in other areas.
  • discover their unique and innate gifts
  • are engaged in learning
  • are challenged through the curriculum
  • experience high expectations for learning outcomes
  • develop an awareness that they offer something unique to the community
  • develop a sense of camaraderie with their peers

How will it be organized?

The potential organization and implementation of school-wide elective classes is suggested to include:

  • Classes are offered in 1st-8th grade on Thursdays from 2:30-4p
  • Kindergarten participates in a 30 minute program once a week
  • Each teacher oversees an elective class with the class being taught by parent & community volunteers
  • Classes are determined based on student interest and parent/teacher involvement surveys
  • Consideration is taken to address the varying developmental rates and learning modalities of the students
  • Students will have the opportunity to participate in several different elective classes throughout the year 
  • To help control overflow, classes may be offered more than once per year
  • Teachers, educational assistants, professionals, community members and parent volunteers are engaged in direct instruction
  • A variety of activities and methods are utilized for instruction (tactile, visual, kinesthetic, auditory, group and independent approaches)
  • Elective classes change every quarter to offer more choices for students
  • Grade levels are combined, for example: K, 1st-2nd, 3rd-5th, 6th-8th
  • Students do not earn a grade in elective classes

If you have questions about the elective program or would like to contribute, please send an email to: thrive@thevillagecharterschool.org

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