Award Year: 2013

Souderton Collaborative Charter School

110 E. Broad Street
Souderton, PA, 18964-1276

(215) 721-4560

Jennifer Arevalo, Principal at time of Nomination

Souderton Charter School Collaborative

School Website

Mission

Within an inclusive, experiential and vibrant learning environment, students will leave performing at a proficient or higher level in all academic areas.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 8%
  • White: 75%
  • Hispanic: 4%
  • Asian: 10%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • ELL: 4%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Application

The Souderton Charter School Collaborative is an inclusive K-8 school located in Souderton, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. SCSC was founded on the belief that every child has a right to an inclusive and high quality education, no matter his/her educational challenges. Since opening in 2000, the school's vision has evolved into one where each student receives an individualized and rigorous education.

The founders of SCSC envisioned a new model for schooling. Students are involved with engaging work in and out of school and the faculty is learning alongside the students yielding a learning institution that fosters continual growth among everyone involved. Each year, the faculty identifies and participates in professional development groups strategically chosen to foster continual reflection and improvement of school. Through these highly collaborative and investigative sessions, the faculty practices and models the same learning behaviors we want our children to learn.

SCSC embraces a distributed leadership model; our faculty plays an integral role in shared decision making. With very little attrition, our faculty is the linchpin to our growth and success. Teachers enjoy molding and shaping the educational landscape, thus positively impacting the learning of students.

Our school is configured into multi-age classrooms that are co-taught, providing an individualized focus on learning for every student. The spaces throughout the building mirror the learning environment we strive to create, one in which all students learn in various locations throughout the building, in small and large groups.

Parent partnerships are fostered at monthly Evening Collaboration Sessions where children and adults participate in engaging activities. These sessions are crafted to foster learning and build community and ultimately improve the learning environment for the children.