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Happy Birthday! U H Charter School turns 10
“Our school was one of the original 19 first-generation charter schools in the state,” Carolyn Black, principal of the UHCS, said. “It’s been a bumpy road for charter schools, but we’ve been true to our constructivist curriculum and focused on each child.”
The UH Charter School follows an educational philosophy that encourages children to construct their own knowledge by solving problems that are of interest to them. This “constructivist” approach, based on the research of psychologist Jean Piaget and educator John Dewey, focuses on the development of reasoning in every aspect of a child’s day.
“Charter schools were instituted to increase innovation in public education,” Black said. “UHCS was established to implement constructivism for the first time in a Texas public elementary school.”
In 1996, the Texas State Board of Education awarded UH the first university charter to establish a public school. A year later, under the leadership of Chancellor William P. Hobby and with the assistance and support of Rep. Garnet Coleman, the UH Charter School of Technology opened its doors to kindergarten and first grade children.
In 2001, the school was among the first of the original programs to be granted a 10-year ten year charter. It was then that the school’s name was changed to the University of Houston Charter School. That same year, the school’s first class of fifth graders was promoted to middle school. Today, there are nearly 130 students in six classes of kindergarten to fifth grade. Each class is taught by a lead teacher and an assistant teacher.
“We believe in the power of a community of learners. Coming to school each day is to be empowering for each community member,” Black said.
To RSVP for the Gala or register for the workshop contact Kim Moore at 713.743.9111 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the University of Houston Charter School, please visit www.uh.edu/charterschool/.