On Saturday, Jan. 29, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Plaza de Las Cruces downtown, local charter schools are coming together for the first time. This inaugural event — Charter Schools - Unique Options in Education — celebrates excellence in K-12 and adult education. Our community will enjoy a beautiful program of students' talent demonstrated through Danza Azteca, Ballet Folklorico and Mariachi music.
Around the tables, exhibits from each school will show what students do during classes. Each charter school brings uniqueness to Doña Ana County, and at this event, each school will share what makes them unique and how they bring that to the students, families and the surrounding community. Visitors can expect to walk away knowledgeable about these schools, how to register students, which schools are hiring and ways to get involved with what charter schools offer in education and the local workforce.
Charter schools are free public schools with a special mission and innovative approach to education. Diversity is a core value of Las Cruces and surrounding areas. Whether we are shopping, eating or praying, we are rich because we have a vast array of options in everything we do. No less is true for ways of educating our children. In charter schools, education is based on the interests that our young learners demonstrate.
Charter schools generally offer a smaller student-teacher ratio and a more personalized educational experience. Charter schools uphold the same standards as public school districts. We share a responsibility to educate and provide the same services to all children.
Everyone has something to gain by attending this Charter School Fair. It is a unique opportunity to learn about options in education for children and adults, not limited by district boundaries. During the fair, families and caregivers will learn about each school’s specialty, including bilingualism, fine arts, culture, science and adult education — among other outstanding programs ranging from Kindergarten through grade 12.
Visitors will gain a variety of choices to explore innovative approaches to educating their children. Charter schools are academically challenging, nourishing and provide personal empowerment for the future. Knowing more than one language and gaining exposure based on one’s interests creates well-rounded learners and healthy communities.
Below is a list of attending charter schools and their representing staff:
Julia Rivera-Tapia, Principal at Raíces del Saber Xinachtli Community School (K-5 bilingual school) www.raicesdelsaber.org
Caz Martínez, Principal at Las Montañas (HS) https://www.lasmontanashigh.com/
Kayla Martinez, Principal at Alma D'Arte (HS) https://www.almadarte.org/
Margarita Porter, Principal at The New America School (HS) https://lcnas.org/
Karen Cassidy, Principal at Explore Academy (Middle School 6-8) https://www.explore.academy/
Eric Ahner, Principal at J Paul Taylor Academy (K-8) http://www.jpaultayloracademy.org/
Sylvy Galvan, Principal at La Academia Dolores Huerta (Middle School 6-8) https://www.ladh.org/
For more information, please contact Lucia Carmona, event coordinator, at 575-571-2177 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Julia Rivera-Tapia is the school director and Lucia V. Carmona is the director of operations and community engagement at Raices del Saber Xinachtli community school.
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This article originally appeared on Las Cruces Sun-News: Local charter schools offer unique options in education