As a new school year begins, Kettle Moraine School District (KMSD) sits poised to open its fourth charter school in the district, the High School of Health Sciences.
The charter schools, which have drawn state and national attention for innovative programming, continue to grow and attract students from other districts.
KM Perform, starting its fifth year, will have about 150 students, according to Director Kevin Erickson, of that 14 students open enrolled to the charter school.
KM Global, looking at enrollment figures of 61 this year, will have eight open enrollment students, according to Director Michelle Koper.
KM Explore, finishing its first year, housed in Wales Elementary School, had to turn away more than half of the students who applied, using a lottery system to fill 150 slots, according to Director Laura Dahm.
KMSD Superintendent Pat Deklotz is most proud of the “organic empowering of teacher leadership and teacher ownership of the pedagogy that moves student achievement.”
“Where I see the most opportunity with this new approach, this student ownership of learning, is that personal development, where they are owning that learning,” said Deklotz. “It’s the student that is accomplishing the learning. It’s not that the students are doing what they told. They are discovering and that is a very powerful way of learning.”
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