Author Amelia Dilworth & Maggie Bounds
Although the Charter School of Wilmington’s students’ passions and skills are undoubtedly diverse, one fact is certain: they are all capable of changing the world. Before Charter changes the world, however, it must change itself. Even though Charter already possesses a reputation as an excellent school, a continuous process of alterations is necessary to ensure the excellency continues. The ultimate goal of this change? To exceed past standards and to redefine the characteristics of the school. One notable change is the absence of Phase 3 in Foreign Language. Mrs. Scuria, who has taught at Charter for the past fifteen years, notes that Phase 4 is sometimes difficult for teachers to address, considering that it is a combination of multiple ability levels. She adds, however, that the curriculum is also better and more intense, and the students are still very academic.
Offering a fresh perspective on an ever-changing Charter, Charter alumni-turned teachers provided insight into the benefits of Charter’s transformation. Having attended the school before the days of block scheduling, both Mr. Oakes and Ms. Lounsbury recounted the mountains of stress and daunting workloads that seven classes a day and a yearly science research project established. The two agree that the change to block scheduling was a positive one. When asked what drew them back to Charter as a teacher, Mr.Oakes and Ms.Lounsbury unanimously responded it was Charter’s highly motivated student body. It seems that despite Charter’s constant evolution, one thing remains the same: the underlying goal of the student body.
Mrs. Potocki, who has taught at Charter for eighteen years, states that the school has grown over the years. As the population of the school has increased, the course offerings and number of STEM clubs has grown with it. She also observes that there are many more service clubs, which she appreciates since “it’s nice to be part of a bigger community.” Mrs. Potocki continues to say that she likes hearing alumni say they took their volunteering with them after they left Charter.
High school is an important time to explore opportunities and to examine oneself to begin determining options for the future. If Charter’s changes allow students to probe deeper into themselves and their educations, these changes are certainly for the better.