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Causes: Charter Schools, Education

Mission: Southside family charter school (sfcs) is an urban k-8 public charter school alternative dedicated to academic excellence, innovation in curriculum, family involvement and community participation. Sfcs meets the needs of a culturally and ethnically diverse population by engaging children in critical thinking and problem solving, involving children in political and social activism, encouraging creative expression, offering a wide range of electives and advocating for children and families

Programs: Civil rights curriculum and study tour: the triennial voyage continues to be a hallmark of the schools program and a cornerstone of the schools reputation in the community. The most recent study tour was conducted in spring 2014. Sixth through eighth graders with staff traveled through five states, to learn from dozens of social justice activists who made profound changes during the civil rights movement and who continue to be active in their communities today. Through indirect study and direct contact with historical players, students deepen their understanding of the vital role young people have in creating change. In addition to the study tour, guest speakers and community tours are conducted throughout the school year. These activities emphasize the schools social justice philosophy and mission. The minnesota department of education recognized southside family charter school as a rewards school which is the highest performing 15% of title i schools in the state. Social justice: the social justice results provide a forum for discussion both among staff and among the students. Noteworthy, is the number of artistic, curricular, and extracurricular activities that are tied to the schools social justice mission. Sfcs integrates the mission into every aspect of the schools curriculum and approach. Artistic and creative expression: sfcs continues to provide numerous opportunities for artistic and creative expression. These opportunities are central to the schools educational delivery model and, as noted above, are integrated with the schools mission. Satisfaction: the results from the spring school climate surveys indicate that the three major stakeholder groups are experiencing a positive school climate and educational experience. High staff and student retention: sfcs has a staff that remains committed to the school with little staff or student turnover. Family and community involvement: the number and depth of family involvement is remarkable and one of the schools success areas. Likewise, sfcs has developed long-term community partners that align with the schools mission and provide considerable enrichment opportunities for all students.

Community Stories

1 Story from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Alexandrea K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter is in her 2nd year at Southside and WE love it! I'm impressed with what she is learning and how quickly. She loves her teachers and her classmates. I always appreciate that the environment is supportive. I never feel like we are judged by other students/families. Every day I'm thankful for Southside Family Charter School.