public charter school serving Wake County, NC
opened July 28, 2008
513 students in grades K-8
· Hands-on, experiential learning
· Fine Arts
· Public Speaking
· Service learning
Endeavor Charter School is a non-profit organization. It is composed of kindergarten through eighth grade. The school has an enrollment of 513 students and is administered by Christi Whiteside, Director. Oversight for the school at large falls to the Board of Directors.
Students in grades K-8 participate in core classes of literature, math, science, social studies, and composition. Fine Arts courses, including Drama, Art, Music, and Spanish, enhance the education of students each week in grades K-4 and through electives in grades 5 through 8. Hands-on, experiential activities which teach these subjects are encouraged. Public speaking is incorporated at all grades wherever possible. Service learning is also a priority at every grade. Field trips which provide unique opportunities are a welcome addition to our student learning.
Exceptional Children’s Program:
Endeavor follows a “push in” policy in regard to our EC program whenever possible. Our three EC teachers serve students within their core classes as often as possible to meet their academic/other goals.
Academically Gifted Students:
We have many students with a wide array of academic gifts. However, we do not identify our students as “AG” or “academically gifted.” In every way that we differentiate, offer leveled groupings, offer reading according to individual lexile level, pre-test and post-test, provide differentiated centers, offer individual conferencing, etc., we are serving students at their specific level. This is key to our program. However, because our teachers do this differentiation flawlessly, parents may not realize the amount of specific ability-based instruction that their students are receiving.
In addition, for a student to be identified according to traditional model as “academically gifted” they must demonstrate ability in either math or reading. In many local school systems, 3rd grade students can be identified as AG by taking 2 standardized tests – the COGAT and if the COGAT score is high enough, the Iowa; in addition there are other less formal factors such as work samples that may be taken into consideration. These assessments identify strengths in reading and math only. Those who qualify are served by a resource teacher in math and/or reading. Individual schools create a plan for this resource teacher to serve these students, often once a week in a pull-out environment. The recommendation from these same school systems for students in 4th and 5th grade and middle school is usually that those students are best served by modifying assignments within the regular education setting.
Our students do not wait until the third grade to have their strengths recognized. Their strengths may be recognized in any area, not only in reading or math. They are served at their level in math and reading every day.
Endeavor is proud to offer boys’ and girls’ sports teams for students in grade 7 and 8. Occasionally sixth graders will be invited to join a team if enough players are not available in the 7th and 8th grades. We follow a “no cut” policy to encourage our students to try new experiences. In the fall, we offer boys’ soccer, girls’ tennis, and cross country for boys and girls. In the winter, we offer boys’ and girls’ basketball. In the spring, we offer girls’ soccer, boys’ tennis, and boys’ baseball. Our athletics are administered by our Athletic Director, Josh Burt.
The Enrichment Program at Endeavor offers something special and unique to our students in support of the “Learn by Doing” philosophy upon which the school was founded. These classes provide an opportunity for students to participate in educational experiences above and beyond what is offered during the school day, without adding to the pressure of homework, tests, and grades. Classes vary widely from quarter to quarter, and are based on instructor availability and creativity. These programs will be led by enthusiastic members of our staff, our parent base, and of our community and are overseen by Lara Rice, Enrichment Coordinator.
We offer After-School Enrichment Courses and Before-School Care. See the Enrichment page for specific information about our current offerings.
1. We believe our school will be a total learning community for all stakeholders.
2. We believe that all students can learn and deserve to be taught in ways that accentuate their strengths and address their areas of need.
3. We value experiences between members of our community which empower, educate and unite.
4. We believe our students achieve more when expectations are high.