DPI grant helps a local school expand as 2019-2020 registration opens
By Taylor J. Hale
STEVENS POINT — One local charter school is on a mission to put students before academic stats and cumulative
Point of Discovery School, the tuition-free public charter school, opened their doors in the fall of 2015 with the intention of guiding young learners on an individual path to education, rather than seeking bell curve grade benchmarks.
The school was recently awarded funds to enhance campus grounds, and staff members are ‘excited to open enrollment to the public for the 2019-2020 school year as the campus grows.
“We received a charter school grant totaling $450,000,” said Stevens Point School District Director of Secondary Education Connie Negaard in an interview with the Gazette. “Very exciting for the students and the school!”
The grant was awarded by the Department of Public Instruction to aid the growing school’s arts curricula. Negaard and other staff members are excited to utilize the funds to further the academic environment of the school for current and future students.
“We were awarded the grant last spring,” Negaard said about the 2-year grant received by the school in 2018. “It is supporting enhanced art and music equipment, a 21st-century learning commons with makerspaces and video production areas, adventure and outdoor education equipment, professional development opportunities and consulting services to assist us in creating these spaces for the students.”
As the school expands, so does its reputation in the community. With a limited opening class space of 50 students for grades 6-9, the school caters to students needs closely, offering a personalized learning experience to developing minds.
Point of Discovery School is currently accepting applications for student enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year. Enrollment will last until April 30, should open seats remain available after the end of April, registration will continue. Interested parents and guardians should check online at the school’s website, listed below.
For more info visit the school’s website at https://www.pointschools.net/Page/31.
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