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ERIC Number: ED406766
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
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How To Start Your Own School?
Witham, Joan
This paper describes the process involved in attempting (unsuccessfully) to establish a private elementary school for gifted students in New Hampshire. Individual sections address the following aspects of the process: the birth of the idea in a Saturday and summer program for gifted children; the local area demography and probable demand for such a school; a formal needs assessment survey of the families who had attended the prior program; formation of committees with parents, teachers, and Board members; determination of the school's mission; the search for a suitable location; the search for funding to supplement tuition; establishment of admissions criteria; identification of suitable teachers; establishment of the curriculum; acquisition of materials and supplies; and publicity activities including development of a brochure. The paper concludes by noting that, despite all the effort put into the project by more than 50 people, the school was not able to open as planned in 1989 due to an inability to find a suitable location, a downturn in the local economy, and departure of the proposed school's director. It is suggested that the Charter Schools movement may provide better opportunities for similar projects today. (DB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Hampshire