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Frequently Asked Questions

 
What is a Charter School?
 
Charter Schools were created to provide opportunities for teachers, parents, students, and community members to establish and maintain schools that operate independently from the existing school district structure as a method to accomplish the following: improve student learning; increase learning opportunities for all students; encourage the use of different and innovative teaching methods; create new professional opportunities for teachers; provide parents and students with expanded choices in the types of educational opportunities that are available within the public school system; and be accountable for meeting measurable academic standards. 
 
Schools that operate under a charter are divided into three general categories - charter schools, regional charter schools, and cyber charter schools.  Both charter schools and regional charter schools are independent public schools established and operated under a charter from the local school board in which students are enrolled or attend.  The schools are commonly referred to a "brick-and-mortar" charter schools and focus on teacher-led discussion and teacher knowledge imparted to students through face-to-face interaction at the schools' physical facilities located within the boundaries of the school district that granted the charter. A cyber charter school is an independent public school established and operated under a charter from PDE an in which the school uses technology in order to provide a significant portion of the curriculum and to deliver a significant portion of instruction to its students through the internet or other electronic means without a school - established requirement that students be present at a supervised physical facility designated by the school, except on a very limited basis, such as for standardized test. 
 
Charter schools and cyber schools must be organized as public, nonprofit corporations.  

What grade levels are available?

Green Woods currently serves grades K through 8 in Philadelphia County.  

Is transportation provided to students?

Green Woods students in grades 1 through 8 receive bus transportation to and from school by the School District of Philadelphia, based on the School District's transportation policies. Green Woods is required to utilize transportation services through the District. Like all other public schools in Philadelphia, we do not provide bus transportation to kindergarten students. 

Are students required to wear school uniforms?

Green Woods students are required to wear uniforms. Please see the student handbook for a full explanation of our dress code. Parents purchase uniforms for their children through Flynn and O'Hara, via the following website: www.flynnohara.com. Each year we also do a “uniform swap” providing an opportunity for families to come and get gently worn uniform clothing free of charge. Please see the link for the PTA Facebook page if you have further questions.

Does Green Woods provide breakfast/lunch?

Green Woods does not have a breakfast or lunch program. Our families pack a lunch and a healthy snack for their children to eat each day.

What is the length of the school day?

Our school day begins at 8:13 am and ends at 3:15 pm.

Does Green Woods have a before-school and/or after-school program?

Green Woods families take advantage of the after-care program offered for a fee by the Roxborough YMCA (across the street from GWCS) as well as fee-based programs offered by other local organizations. Arrangements for any of these programs must be made directly through each organization.

How are students selected for admission?

All applications will go through the lottery process to determine who receives an offer to enroll and who will be placed on the waitlist.  Families admitted through the lottery will be notified and invited to complete the enrollment process. For a full description of our admissions process, please go to the "Admissions" or "Apply" section on our website. 

Where can I find the GWCS Student & Parent Handbook and Discipline Policy?

Green Woods has very high expectations for student behavior, attendance and academic accountability. To learn more about our expectations, please refer to our Student-Parent Handbook which can be found under the Parents and Students link on this website. 
What Student Support Systems does Green Woods offer?

At Green Woods, we believe all students can learn and achieve.  Our school offers a variety of approaches to support learning and development across a diversity of student needs.  We meet students where they are and ensure they have the proper supports and systems to leverage their strengths and potential and accelerate learning.  We have developed a comprehensive safety net to ensure all students succeed that includes the Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTII) and a full range of special education programs and related services that include, but are not limited to, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, reading and math support, and counseling. 

What is the focus of Green Woods Curriculum?

Green Woods Charter School uses an approach to teaching and learning known as EIC, which stands for using the Environment as an Integrated Context for learning. EIC is a nationally-research, evidence-based program proven to energize students, empower teachers and close the achievement gap. Our students spend time outdoors in all kinds of weather, immersed in learning experiences that expand their knowledge base while having them actively engaged in observing, questioning, and discovering how the environment works. 

What kind of student would enjoy learning at Green Woods?

Our mission is to create active stewards of the natural world. To that end, we strongly encourage parents applying to Green Woods to please consider the many potential allergy triggers that exist when students are actively learning outdoors. Please be aware of how your child reacts to weather-related events, seasonal changes, and allergens. Children can often be out of doors, in all kinds of weather, engaged in active learning.

What is expected of Green Woods' Parents/Guardians/Families?

Research has proven time and again that involved adults have a profound and positive impact on a child's success in school. Our students' families are our partners in education and we have high expectations for family support and involvement.

How do I volunteer at GWCS?

Please visit the Get Involved! page, where you can read about "Volunteering at Green Woods Charter School".