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School Admission

  • PACT Charter School is a public school -- There is no tuition fee.
  • Due to space limitations, a waiting list has been established. There is no charge to be placed on the waiting list and students will remain on the list -- there is no need to apply each year.
  • An annual lottery is held (mid-February) to add new applicants to the existing waiting lists. The lottery is also used to determine which students will fill any available openings for all grades for the following school year.
  • As openings become available, the Enrollment Coordinator will contact applicants from the waiting list in sequential order.
  • PACT Charter School does not discriminate on any basis and follows all Minnesota State statutes on operation of a public charter school.
  • Complete an Enrollment Application and return by January 15th to: PACT Charter School, Attn: Enrollment, 7250 E Ramsey Pkwy, Ramsey, MN 55303

 


Additional Information

Time Schedule

Generally, the school days are Monday - Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. for grades 1-12. Our half-day Kindergarten hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. OR 11:45 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. There are some school Fridays (see the current school year calendar for these details).

 

Support Services

PACT Charter School provides Special Education services as required by state and federal law. Parents may request that their child be assessed in order to determine eligibility. Special Education professionals will facilitate evaluation and services. Criteria for eligibility must be met before a child can be placed in the program.

 

Progress Reporting

  • Elementary report cards are sent home at the end of each quarter.
  • Secondary report cards are sent home at the end of each semester, with mid-term progress reports distributed as well.
  • There are two to three parent-student-teacher conferences per year (often student-led depending on grade).
  • PACT administers annual standardized norm-reference tests to students in grades K-11 (NWEA Measures of Academic Progress) and all required Minnesota State tests.

 

Transportation

  • PACT provides bus transportation, with routes usually less than one hour long and stops typically within one mile of riders' homes.
  • Routes are established during the summer months; new families need to work with the Transportation Coordinator.
  • Bus service is provided for 8:00 a.m. arrivals and 3:05 p.m. dismissal only. There is NO mid-day transportation for Kindergarten.

PACT bussing is contracted through American Transportation. All busses will have the PACT logo on each bus.

 


Elementary Program

 

Science/Social Studies

    In the primary grades, most science and social studies teaching takes place in a thematic, integrated, hands-on Unit Study format. As students progress through the upper elementary, grade level objectives are covered. The Minnesota State Standards guide the curriculum that is covered. Activities such as field trips and speakers are matched to the content and grade level.

 

Language Arts

    Quality literature is used throughout the school to inspire and demonstrate the importance of ethical behavior. Parents can build upon this foundation by reading to their children and encouraging them to read on a regular basis, to discuss ideas and current events, and to model a love for reading, writing and speaking.
    Through the integrated reading/language arts program, elementary students are taught analytical thinking skills in a multi-sensory approach that provides a foundation for spelling, reading and writing.
    In addition to traditional grammar and phonics-based spelling, students write research papers and complete related projects. Reading instruction includes the use of market curriculum resources including anthologies and leveled readers as well as teacher-made units.

 

Mathematics

    Saxon Math is used in grades K-6. The program uses incremental learning, that breaks math into easily explained and understood pieces, and incorporates constant review. Students will also learn how to apply what they learn to real life situations through problem solving and integration of math into the rest of the curriculum.

 

Specials

    In addition to the core content, students also learn:
    • Spanish
    • Computer
    • Art
    • Music
    • Physical Education

 

 


Secondary Program

Language Arts

    Quality literature is used throughout the school to inspire and demonstrate the importance of ethical behavior. Parents can continue encouraging students to read on a regular basis, to discuss ideas and current events, and to model a love for reading, writing and speaking.
    In the Secondary program, students continue to work on reading skills by exploring different genres with an emphasis on critical comprehension and analytical thinking skills. There is focus on writing, grammar and speaking to become ready for adult life and post-secondary education options. Whenever possible, students read literature selections based on what is currently being studied in history or science.
    There is an HONORS option available.

 

Social Studies

    The Minnesota State Standards guide the curriculum that is covered. Activities and expectations are matched to the content and grade level. In order to facilitate multi-aged classrooms in the secondary program, some curriculum offerings for Social Studies rotate on a two-year basis.
    • Grade 7, US Studies
    • Grade 8, Global Studies
    • In grades 9-10, US History rotates with World Geography
    • In grades 11-12, World History rotates with Government/Economics

There is an HONORS option available.

 

Mathematics

College Preparatory Math

    (CPM) Math is used in grades 7-12. This is a unique program that emphasizes the connected nature of mathematics. Each course consistently weaves strands of topics together so that the connections emerge naturally and can facilitate deeper understanding. Students collaborate in study teams, and the teacher manages and supports learning while guiding students toward the mathematical objectives of the lessons.

 

Science

    The Minnesota State Standards guide the curriculum that is covered. Activities and expectations are matched to the content and grade level.
    For grades 11 & 12, curriculum offerings for Science rotate on a two-year basis. Science courses in grades 7-10 are the same course offered every year.
    • In grade 7, Life Science
    • In grade 8, Earth Science
    • In grade 9, Intro to Physics
    • In grade 10, Biology
    • In grades 11-12 students select from Chemistry or Physics to complete graduation requirements

 

Electives

    Electives are scheduled on a multi-year rotation and require a minimum class size. Elective course offerings include:
♦ Intro to Computer Science   ♦ Personal Finance   ♦ Statistics   ♦ Anatomy/Physiology
♦ Environmental Science   ♦ Forensics   ♦ Psychology   ♦ Sociology
♦ International Relations   ♦ Civil/Constitutional Law   ♦ Criminal Justice   ♦ Current Issues
♦ Composition   ♦ American Literature   ♦ World & Multicultural Lit   ♦ Journalism
♦ Speech/Communications   ♦ Spanish 1   ♦ Spanish 2   ♦ Spanish 3
♦ Art History & Painting   ♦ Art Publishing   ♦ Graphic Design   ♦ Ceramics
♦ Drawing & Painting   ♦ 3D Metals   ♦ Drama   ♦ Concert Band
♦ Concert Choir   ♦ Jazz Ensemble   ♦ Percussion Ensemble   ♦ Individual Sports
♦ Outdoor Rec   ♦ Team Sports   ♦ Personal Fitness   ♦ Aerobics & Dance
      *Qualified students may also elect to be Teacher Assistants

 


Graduation Requirements

    • Language Arts (English) --- 4 credits
    • Social Studies --- 4 credits
      • Geography - 1 credit
      • U.S. History - 1 credit
      • World History - 1 credit
      • Government Systems – 1/2 credit
      • Economics – 1/2 credit
    • Science --- 3 credits
      • Physical Science - 1 credit
      • Biology - 1 credit
      • Chemistry OR- Physics - 1 credit
    • Math --- 3 credits
      (minimum of Algebra II)
    • Foreign Language --- 1 credit
    • Physical Education / Health --- 1 credit
      • 9th grade - 1/2 credit
      • 10th grade - 1/2 credit
    • Fine Arts --- 1 credit
      (student's choice of Fine Arts courses OR Aerobics/Dance)
    • Advisory --- 1 credit
      9th - 12th grade 1/4 credit per year
    • Career and Tech Ed --- 1/2 credit
    • Electives --- 6-7 credits

      Seven 52-minute periods per day (and a 10-minute Advisory period) allow students to earn 6.25 credits/year. Students are expected to earn 25 credits (25.5 credits class 2018 and beyond)

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