Is Sherwood Charter School a “private” school?
No. SCS is a public school. Enrollment is open to any child eligible to attend Kindergarten through 8th grade.
Is Sherwood Charter School a religious school?
No. SCS is a nonreligious and nonsectarian school. While we lease space from the Sherwood Friends Church, we are not affiliated with the church.
Is Sherwood Charter School a “virtual” school?
No. It is a traditional “Brick and Mortar” school; we hold our instructional program in a building.
Does Sherwood Charter School charge tuition?
No. However, there are suggested donations in the form of the OneFund to enable us to provide a more robust experience.
How are charter schools like Sherwood Charter School funded?
Charter schools are funded by the state; however, Oregon charter schools receive lower per-pupil funding from the state than traditional public schools. Most charters offering kindergarten through eighth grade receive 80 percent of the basic state funding that goes to traditional schools; Sherwood Charter School is no exception. The remainder of the funding goes to the sponsoring school district, which is responsible for providing services such as special education to the charter school.
To make up the difference, Sherwood Charter School relies heavily on fundraising and on its parents to help with fundraising. It also asks families to contribute money each year in the form of the OneFund, which is currently $500 for kindergarten through eighth grades.
How many students are in each class?
Most classes have 25 students, the cap number permitted by our charter agreement. With only one class per grade, the grade levels become class families, moving from one grade to the next together.
Do charter school teachers have the same qualifications as teachers in other schools?
Yes, our teachers meet all the same teaching requirements.
Does SCS offer before and after-school care?
What is the school schedule?
School is in session Monday – Thursday from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm for KG through 8th grades. While we have a four-day schedule, we meet the same number of instructional hours as other Oregon schools.
What is the culture or school environment like?
SCS has a nurturing environment built on a culture of community and volunteerism. We are a community of caring educators, staff, and families. Parental involvement in the charter school, as well as in their children’s education, is paramount to our success. Not only do our parents help with homework and actively participate in student conferences, but they also volunteer in classrooms and field trips, take an active role in fundraising, participate in board meetings, and serve on committees. They contribute their individual skill sets to help where needed—from updating technology to painting classrooms. Even our uniform policy builds inclusion and a sense of community.
Does SCS offer enrichment and/or extracurricular activities?
Yes; activities vary throughout the year.
Does SCS offer hot lunches?
No. Students bring their packed lunches from home to eat in the lunch room. Parent volunteers coordinate supplemental lunch options (such as Subway and Panda Express).
Does SCS offer bus transportation?
No. Parents/guardians transport their children to/from school each day.
Where are your facilities located?
23264 SW Main Street, Sherwood, OR 97140. We lease space from the Sherwood Friends Community Church. Charter schools must pay and/or arrange for educational facilities out of their State School Funds. While we lease our facility from a church, we are a non-religious and non-sectarian school. The school and principal offices, kindergarten and first grade classrooms are housed in the downstairs of the church facility; second through eighth grades are located in the modular/portable classrooms on land leased from the church.
When can I visit the school?
We hold monthly tours from September to May. Please see our Tour Request page for more information.
How can I contact SCS for more information?
Call us at 503-925-8007 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the role of the Board of Directors?
The board is accountable for everything that happens at their school: fulfillment of its mission statement and terms of its charter, student achievement, and fiscal and operational matters.