Despite San Francisco’s United School District rejection of Mission Preparatory School last spring, the State Board of Education signed its approval late last week. The initial concerns with the charter school was the curriculum, however, an appeal made by the investors has launched the school into existence.
Mission Preparatory will open August 2011 and expects ninety kindergarten students and sixty first graders to enroll. The charter school will service K-8 students primarily from low-income homes in the area. The enrollment process will begin next month.
Mission Prep’s lead founder Jen Henzerling is “thrilled about the state board’s approval and the opportunity to bring the vision of Mission Prep to life for the families who want this school option available for their children.” Henzerling declares that there is no concern about the curriculum and there will be extensive structuring of it to insure above and beyond academic excellence.
Although many Mission District residents are looking forward to the school’s slated opening next fall, others are worried that the State Board’s decision to grant the school approval is unfair, claiming that the State Board is not close enough to the local issues in the Mission District. San Francisco Board of Education commissioner Jill Wynns stated, “the state boards knowledge of local conditions in San Francisco is absent.”
Like all charter schools, Mission Prep will compete with local schools for students and resources. Recruitment will make the reality of Mission Prep come true, but it will starve the neighboring public schools of critical resources. used to educate the children. Public schools rely on student enrollment to maintain their annual budget; the founding of Mission Prep will harm these resources through student recruitment.
However, the founders of Mission Prep guarantee a wholly developed education that will provide low-income students the opportunity to learn how they learn best. There may be many battles between charter school advocates and opponents, but what really counts is the education received by the kids in Mission District.