School Profile

STURGIS CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOL

West Campus

105 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601

                                                                                    Phone: 508-771-2780     Fax: 508-771-0287                         

www.sturgischarterschool.org

 

        

Eric Hieser, Executive Director   Peter Steedman, Principal

 

Guidance Counselors

Carla Aiello Ellen Boucher Pamela Burke
caiello@sturgischarterschool.org                       eboucher@sturgischarterschool.org       pburke@sturgischarterschool.org

 

 

Profile 2013-2014

 

International Baccalaureate Programme for All

Founded in 1998, Sturgis Charter Public School is a tuition-free, college preparatory high school.  Basic to the school’s charter is membership in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Organization, a worldwide consortium of schools that offers students the opportunity to earn the IB Diploma by meeting the organization’s high standards for academic excellence, creativity and service to school and community.  We adhere to the principle that the best school is not the school that selects the best students: the best school is the school that inspires the best performance in the students who select it.  Thus, the concept of “IB for All” makes Sturgis unusual because students are not pre-selected for admission into IB classes.  Our unique approach to learning has received recognition on the US News World Report Ranking of High Schools:  on the 2013 list Sturgis ranks 31st in the nation and 1st in Massachusetts. For information about the IB Diploma Programme visit www.ibo.org

In response to an ever-growing student waiting list, Sturgis opened a second campus (Sturgis West), accepting 200 ninth and tenth grade students to participate in our “IB for all” curriculum in August 2011. As a result, the entire class of 2014 transferred to Sturgis West as sophomores. For the 2013-2014 school year, we have 393 students in grades 9-12, and the class of 2014 will be the first graduating class.

 

 

Quick Facts

 

Total Enrollment                      393

Senior Class                           83

Teaching Faculty                     47

Faculty w/Graduate Degrees    60%

Average Class Size                 17

Student/Faculty Ratio              9:1

Calendar                                 Semester; most courses full year

College Bound                         93%; 84% 4 yr; 9% 2 yr

Course Schedule                     7 rotating periods; 6 periods per day 

Maximum Course Load            7 courses per semester

CEEB Code                            221091

Graduation Requirements

 

4 credits of English

4 credits of Mathematics

4 credits of Science

4 credits of History

6 credits of Foreign Language *

2 credit of the Arts

2 credits of Electives

26 Credits Total

 

*4 credits in one language and

   a minimum of 2 credits of Latin

 

Grading System

 

All grade nine and ten classes are designed as preparation for entering the rigorous International Baccalaureate curriculum in grade eleven.  As a result, ALL grade nine and ten courses represent what other schools may reasonably call Honors in the first two years of high school.  Grades in the IB curriculum reflect the attainment of knowledge relative to established standards that are equally applied.  Grade point average is not weighted, is calculated on a 4 point scale, and is computed at the end of each school year.  Due to its commitment to individual achievement, Sturgis does not rank students. Decile bands and a distribution chart of junior year grades for the class of 2014 are provided for comparison purposes.

 

SAT Reasoning Test Scores Class of 2014
Based upon current seniors who tested end of junior year
(71% of class)

 

Middle 50%

Mean

Critical Reading

470-610

533

Math

460-590

517

Writing

450-550

506

Total (SAT 2400)

1380-1750

1556

 

GPA Decile Bands Class of 2014
Computed at the completion of junior year

1st

3.79 – 4.07

6th

2.37 – 2.50

2nd

3.31 – 3.71

7th  

2.09 – 2.34

3rd

3.12 – 3.30

8th

2.00 – 2.08

4th

2.88 – 3.10

9th

1.81 – 1.99

5th

2.53 – 2.74

10th

1.12 – 1.69

 

                                                                                                                             

International Baccalaureate Test Results

 

Sturgis implemented the IB program at our original campus, Sturgis East, in the 2004-2005 school year.  As the class of 2014 is our first graduating class at Sturgis West, they are also our first class to participate in IB examinations.  We expect our IB examination participation rates to be similar to Sturgis East, where an average of 5.8 exams per senior were taken by the class of 2013, with a substantive 94% of the scores being 3 or better.  44% of the students in the Sturgis East class of 2013 earned the IB Diploma.

 

Junior Year Grade Distribution for the Class of 2014

 

HL – Higher Level     SL – Standard Level

90 – 100  (A)

80-89  (B)

70-79  (C)

60-69  (D)

0-59  (F)

IB English HL1

18

16

23

7

1

IB English SL1

2

9

8

2

1

IB History HL1

6

11

16

8

0

IB History SL1

8

14

17

6

1

IB Biology HL1

4

10

16

10

1

IB Biology SL1

1

3

6

2

0

IB Environmental Science SL1

4

5

7

4

0

 IB Chem SL 1

2

2

2

2

0

IB Physics HL1

1

2

3

0

0

IB Physics SL1

0

2

1

0

0

IB Math HL1

0

0

5

0

0

IB Math SL1

7

8

10

2

1

IB Math Studies 1

2

25

12

1

0

IB French HL1

1

3

0

0

0

IB French SL1

3

7

1

2

0

IB Latin HL1

1

0

0

0

0

IB Latin SL1

5

2

0

0

1

IB Spanish HL1

3

7

1

1

0

IB Spanish SL1

6

14

6

4

0

IB Psychology SL

2

4

6

3

0

IB Business SL

4

0

0

0

0

IB Art HL1

6

12

3

0

0

IB Art SL1

1

1

0

1

0

IB Music HL1

0

2

2

1

0

IB Theater HL1

2

4

5

0

0

IB Theater SL1

4

1

3

0

0

 

 Note: it is our practice to limit students to 3 HL courses

Please visit our web site at www.sturgischarterschool.org for course descriptions.

 

College Admissions

 

*Selected Colleges and Universities where graduates from the Classes of 2002-2013 at Sturgis East have been accepted.  While we expect similar acceptances at Sturgis West, the Class of 2014 will be our first graduating class. 
For the class of 2014 at Sturgis West, 94% are college-bound; 70% to 4-year colleges and 24% to 2-year colleges.

 

American University

Fordham University

Norwich University

University of Edinburgh

Amherst College

Franklin & Marshall

NYU Abu Dhabi

University of Michigan

Assumption College

George Mason University

Oberlin College

University of New England

Bates College

George Washington Univ.

Occidental College

University of Rochester

Bennington College

Georgia Institute of Tech.

Pomona College

University of Virginia

Bentley College

Gettysburg College

Pratt Institute

US Coast Guard Academy

Berklee College of Music

Goucher College

Providence College

USMA, West Point

Boston University

Guilford College

Purdue University

USNA, Annapolis

Brandeis University

Hamilton College

Quinnipiac University

Vassar College

Brown University

Hampshire College

Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst

Villanova University

Cape Cod Community College

Hartwick College

Rochester Institute of Tech.

Virginia Military Institute

Carleton College

Haverford College

Roger Williams University

Washington & Lee University

Carnegie Mellon University

Hofstra University

Rollins College

Wellesley College

Case Western Reserve U.

Ithaca College

Salve Regina University

Wentworth Institute of Tech.

Champlain College

Johns Hopkins University

Sarah Lawrence College

Western New England Univ.

Clark University

Kenyon College

Savannah College of Art

Wheaton College

Colby College

Lafayette College

Simmons College

Wheelock College

College of Charleston

LeMoyne College

Skidmore College

Worcester Polytechnic Inst.

Connecticut College

Lewis & Clark College

Smith College

State University Systems:

Cornell University

Loyola Univ., New Orleans

St. John’s College, MD

     California

Curry College

Macalester College

St. Lawrence University

     Connecticut

Dartmouth College

Manhattan College

St. Michael’s College

     Florida

Denison University

Marist College

Stanford University

     Maine

Dickinson College

Marlboro College

Stonehill College

     Massachusetts

Drexel University

McDaniel College

Suffolk University

     New Hampshire

Earlham College

McGill University

Swarthmore College

     New Jersey

Eckerd College

Merrimack College

Tufts University

     New York

Emerson College

Mount Holyoke College

Tulane University

     Rhode Island

Emmanuel College

New York University

UNC, Chapel Hill

     Vermont

Endicott College

Northeastern University

Union College

     Wyoming

 

Sturgis Charter Public School

An International Baccalaureate Diploma School

www.sturgischarterschool.org

 

 

Ensuring College Readiness

International Baccalaureate For All

High Standards + High Expectations = High Achievement

 

The formula is not so simple, but not nearly as complicated as some may believe.  Sturgis Charter Public School begins preparing students in grade nine to build arguments, defend points of view, make sense of data, write persuasively, and think critically.  It pushes students to develop empathy, raise social awareness, build tolerance, and take on personal responsibility.  Sturgis’ curriculum focuses on developing higher order thinking skills as a means for preparing students for a rigorous grade 11-12 program designed to ensure success at university.  Similarly, the Sturgis community works toward building positive and productive habits, attitudes, and values in its students in order to optimally prepare them for multi-faceted lives.

 

A Massachusetts charter school, Sturgis accepts all applicants equally.  Within its student body, 10% are on Individualized Education Plans (IEP’s), 4% are on Section 504 plans, and 7% are declared eligible for free or reduced lunch.  Students travel up to one hour each way to access a diverse faculty with experience teaching in international and overseas American schools, district public high schools, and independent institutions. 

 

Current standards for the statewide assessments in Massachusetts high schools are designed to ensure students reach a minimal competency standard in order to graduate from high school. For many students, these assessments do not guarantee exposure to – or engagement in – a challenging, rigorous, standard-based curriculum throughout high school.  This is evidenced by the absence of any assessment accountability for grades eleven and twelve.  Charter schools are charged with the expectation of being innovators in education, and Sturgis Charter Public School does exactly that with its unique mission of requiring all grade eleven and twelve students to take all their coursework in the rigorous, highly respected International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme. 

 

Graduation requirements at Sturgis are significant.  They include four years each of math, science, English and history, as well as six credits of foreign language and two credits in the arts.  All courses in grades nine and ten are IB prep and heterogeneous.  In grades eleven and twelve students choose to 1) engage in the full IB Diploma Programme, 2) sit course exams and assessments for IB certificates, or 3) complete coursework and assessments for Sturgis credit. However, due in part to having no alternative to IB classes for upperclassmen, 85 of 87 members of the class of 2011 attempted at least three IB certificates with an average of 5.9 IB certificates per student, a pass rate of 91%, and 34 students earning the full IB Diploma.  More than 65% of the Class of 2012 are currently pursuing the full IB Diploma. Achieving high marks on these external assessments is a goal, but Sturgis sees as critical the many students, determined to achieve at high levels, who would never have the access or self-confidence to attempt these exams in other settings.   Students are striving, of their own volition, to realize their personal best and measure themselves against students nationally and globally. 

 

Sturgis Charter Public School is a model of rigorous secondary education for all students.  In this regard, it strives to improve foundation-level knowledge and skills through peer tutoring, study groups, and support from teachers and administrators both during and beyond regular school hours.  Sturgis also supports students academically and socially through an advisory program that involves each teacher in the school working twice-weekly with a small group of students.  The IB Programme affords students opportunities for academic achievement, increased intellectual confidence, and personal growth. With its small class size, advisory, community service involvement and focus on supportive relationships, Sturgis provides both a physically and intellectually safe environment.  This structure encourages each student to take risks to reach his or her potential and maximize future opportunities.

 

Sturgis Charter Public School is dedicated to an “International Baccalaureate (IB) for All” philosophy, preparing high school students for higher education in a supportive learning environment.  Sturgis provides each student a rigorous world-class educational program, encouraging academic achievement, intellectual confidence, and personal growth.

 


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