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June 15, 2020
Community Update - concerning our Delay
May 20, 2020
CALL For ACTION
MAY 5, 2020
Dear Friends of Kaleidoscope Charter High School,
For the past several weeks Kaleidoscope Charter High School's board of directors has been grappling with concerns regarding how to open our school for our premiere freshman and sophomore student body in a manner that ensures the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and volunteers. Our discussions have been guided by the gating criteria and reopening testing protocols established and disseminated by the White House and Centers for Disease Control. As many of you know, we also surveyed the parents of students already enrolled in KCHS for Fall 2020 to provide them with an opportunity to identify their concerns regarding educating students safely in the age of COVID19.
Last week we obtained an advance copy of “A Plan to Safely Reopen America's Schools and Communities” which details the American Federation of Teacher Union's guidelines for “imagining a new normal for public education, public health and our economy in the age of COVID19.” After reviewing AFT's plan carefully and considering how its recommendations impact the educational needs, interests and lives of North Carolina families with K-12 students, we arrived at the conclusion that while parents, educators, State leadership and Federal authorities agree that when students return to school, nothing will be as it used to be before COVID19 and numerous new safety protocols must be imagined, established and followed in order to protect everyone affiliated with the learning environments being planned for our students, faculty and staff. In response to our survey, parents expressed a great deal of anxiety as to whether or not they will allow their children to participate in regular classroom settings, if CDC recommended personal protective equipment and daily testing are not easily accessible and readily available to their children and school representatives.
Since Governor Cooper issued the executive order to close schools in mid-March, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Public Instruction, and the State Board of Education have been working together to implement measures to provide for the health, nutrition, educational needs and well-being of children during the school closure period. However, as of this writing said agencies have yet to introduce its coordinated plan to reopen North Carolina schools. There is speculation that depending on how the Coronavirus continues to manifest itself throughout our State over the next 3.5 months, schools may not reopen until January 2021. Because schools were closed for such a long period of time and all State testing requirements have not been met when schools closed, whenever schools do reopen, many questions will have to be answered concerning the appropriate grade levels students will be in upon returning.
As a result of the ongoing ambiguity on the part of Federal and State authorities regarding a detailed plan to reopen schools, we the board of directors of Kaleidoscope Charter High School have determined that it is in the best interests of our future students, faculty, staff, volunteers and their respective families to delay the opening of our student-centered learning environment until Fall 2021.
Our decision was not an easy one to make. Despite our eagerness to open KCHS, our position as responsible stewards requires us to heed the guidance of health and safety experts and to be painstakingly cautious because precious lives are at stake. As we make plans to open in Fall of 2021, we will be following the guidelines set forth in AFT's Plan To Safely Reopen America's Schools And Communities and consulting with State officials and parents as we solidify our overall plan.
On our website each month, we will also provide interested students with KCHS Think Tank Challenges as a means of introducing them to the various learning styles they will encounter as a KCHS student. And because we know many of you are in the process of making Fall enrollment decisions not just for your 9th and 10th graders but for children in other grades and even in college, we have attached a copy of AFT's Plan To Safely Reopen America's Schools And Communities to help guide your family's decision-making efforts.
We want to thank all of our supporters and volunteers, and especially thank all of the students and their families who applied to Kaleidoscope for this year. We appreciate all of you so very much. We hope you stay engaged with us over the next year, and that you will consider joining us in the Fall of 2021.
Kaleidoscope Charter High School
Board of Directors
Greetings From Kaleidoscope Charter High School!
We, the KCHS Board of Directors, sincerely hope you and your family are healthy and doing all that you can to remain so as our nation and community-at-large navigate our way through difficult times brought on by the COVID19 pandemic. We know that anxiety in our community is at an all-time high and especially so among families with young people whose lives have been greatly disrupted and who are uncertain about what the immediate and intermediate future holds in store for them.
For those of you with students who will be entering the 9th and 10th grades in Fall 2020, we wanted to take this time to share some exciting information with you regarding the innovative learning environment Kaleidoscope Charter High School will be offering for your young scholars in August 2020. With great excitement, we want you to know that we now have a facility that will serve as our temporary home for the next three years and that our admissions lottery is now open for families and students interested in being a part of the forthcoming Kaleidoscope educational adventure!
Serving all students residing in the greater Research Triangle Park Area, KCHS will be temporarily headquartered at The Body of Christ Church and its wonderful Dream Center, located at 4501 Spring Forest and Fox Roads, Raleigh, NC 27616*. And, yes ~ transportation support will be available for students residing throughout the RTP Area.
Our Admissions Lottery is now open and will remain open so that interested parents can participate on their student's behalf. Go to ➡️ www.kaleidoscopehighschool.org ⬅️to apply for admission.
On Tuesday, April 14th, we will be hosting KALEIDOSCOPE CHS LIVE! - a webinar for all who care to learn more about KCHS and its incredible offerings! The webinar will begin at 6:30 P.M. Join us Tuesday night via the Youtube link on our website. At this event, we'll be sharing facts and answering questions you might have regarding our location, our curriculum, our admissions process, etc. (Please feel free to invite other parents to join us as well.)
One-to-One Phone Chats:
If you have questions and would like to chat one-to-one phone with one of our board members, you can sign up for a phone chat at ➡️Sign Up Genius Link ⬅️ using the following Access Code: 5247123 and we'll call you at the appointed time!
What's So Great About Student Centered-Learning:
KCHS offers a student-centered learning environment that's perfect for students whose best learning experiences do not involve sitting at a desk all day. It's hands-on learning that uses a variety of blended teaching styles to excite students and spark their individual and group quests to learn at school and beyond. It's exciting, it's dynamic and it's so 21st Century! Provided below is a short video that will allow you a quick glimpse as to what student-centered learning is all about...
Janet Littlejohn, MA Ed. Admin.
Chairperson and Acting Interim Director
Kaleidoscope Charter High School Board
*Pending State Board of Education Approval
KALEIDOSCOPE CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL - Opening in Raleigh in Fall 2020!
Kaleidoscope Charter High School, Research Triangle Park's new innovative student-centered learning environment will open its doors to freshmen and sophomores residing throughout the Research Triangle Park Area in August 2020. Our temporary home will be on the campus of The Body of Christ Church and its wonderful Dream Center, located at 4501 Spring Forest and Fox Roads, Raleigh*.
All families throughout the RTP Area with students who will be entering the 9th and 10th grades are encouraged to participate in our admissions lottery. Multiple modes of transportation will be available for students residing in various parts of our community-at-large.
KCHS's student-centered environment will empower students to become independent learners, creative and critical thinkers and 21 st Century innovators and leaders by using a multi-faceted approach to prepare them for higher education and beyond. Utilizing the problem-based study, self-directed learning activities, research projects, collaborative workgroups, Socratic seminars, hand-on experimentation, and other methods, KCHS will provide a state-of-the-art student-centered education that addresses the distinct learning needs,
interests, aspirations, and multi-dimensional background of every student.
Our faculty and staff will be committed to excellence in education through innovative teaching methods that awaken student minds, stimulate achievement and produce young community members who are equipped to succeed and lead In the 21st Century.
The admissions lottery for our premier freshman and sophomore classes is currently available on our website until April 14, 2020. (Date subject to extension due to COVID-19 impediments).
Persons interested in employment and volunteer opportunities at Kaleidoscope Charter High School are also encouraged to contact us.
For more information regarding our mission, our learning environment, our admissions lottery,
and our employment opportunities contact us via our website at
or via email at
PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE CHURCH. Thank you!
*Pending State Board of Education Approval
Raleigh, NC — On Thursday, May 3, 2018, The North Carolina State Board of Education unanimously approved a new charter high school to be located in Morrisville, NC. This will be the first public high school in this Wake County town.
The school will be called Kaleidoscope Charter High School and is scheduled to open in the Fall of 2019.
The Board of Directors and Advisory Board members of Kaleidoscope Charter High School have worked the past five years to develop this charter school around their mission of a student-centered learning environment.
Student-based learning includes lecture-based instruction and enhanced independent student practices. In addition to required traditional core-courses, students will choose elective credits, participate in an intersession of customary and unique courses and create a portfolio of work culminating with a senior capstone project of their design and choosing.
The Board of Directors is currently working on securing funding, vetting options for facility locations and developing leadership and staff positions for the new school.
January 27, 2018
The Board of Directors and Advisory Board members of Kaleidoscope Charter High School (KCHS) were interviewed by the Charter School Advisory Board (CSAB) of the Office of Charter Schools (OCS) of N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI), on Monday, January 8, 2018. We are grateful to move forward to the State Board of Education (SBE) with a 9 to 1 vote from the CSAB.
For over 5 five years many talented and hardworking community members have been dedicated to creating an innovative “student-focused” high school in Morrisville, NC for the youth of the Triangle. This was the third time the Board of KCHS was being interviewed by the CSAB. We prepared for their potential questions and concerns, we realized the critical importance of the moment with some apprehension. If you have ever been up in front of a room of Principals asking hard questions- it’s it was just like that!
Yet this year we felt more confident about our current charter application, knowing it was the best application we have written so far. It has been a wonderful culmination of years of hard knocks, challenges, and experience with the CSAB, written by experts in the field of education, business, government, finance, and law.
We are fortunate to have brilliant, quick minds on our team. Thanks to Missy McClure, Mayor Mark Stohlman, James Stout, and Janet Littlejohn for answering the CSAB’s questions about goals, student achievement, “student-centered” curriculum, bell schedules, and finances. The CSAB seemed to appreciate our answers. A 9 to 1 vote is a great result. We’re grateful to each of the CSAB members and the OCS for their continued support and encouragement to “keep coming back”. Persistence works!
The real icing on the cake was when Advisory Board member and Student Ambassador, Dominic Coletti was asked by the CSAB Chairperson if he would have wanted to go to this school, and he enthusiastically said YES! Dominic is one of Sterling Montessori’s stellar alumni and a current exceptional Cary High School student.
We feel that any young person who wants to be appreciated for who they truly are would want to experience a high school environment of respect, enthusiasm, engagement, challenge, and love. That is what Kaleidoscope CHS will be.
We hope you will join us at an informational session about KCHS, once we have our charter approved by the SBE in Spring, 2018. Fingers crossed!
Our intention is to have 180 – 9th and 50 – 10th graders join us at our community high school August 2019.
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Kaleidoscope Charter High School
Board of Directors and Advisory Board
April 10, 2017
KALEIDOSCOPE CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL APPLICATION RECOMMENDED FOR ACCELERATED APPROVAL
The North Carolina Charter School Advisory Board suggested that specific changes to the proposal could result in accelerated approval. Kaleidoscope’s board of directors and supporters are currently continuing to work on preparing for the re-submission and accelerated approval.Kaleidoscope Charter School was recently invited for a full interview with the North Carolina Charter School Advisory Board. This interview was anticipated to result in Ready-to-Open Status for 2018-2019 school year. Unfortunately, the board narrowly rejected the application 5-4. On a positive note, the state board suggested that the school update its proposal and move towards an accelerated approval. This pathway would still allow Kaleidoscope to open for the 2018-2019 school year.