Spark FAQs

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Helpful Answers for Frequently Asked Questions:

What is a charter school?
Charter schools are public schools of choice that operate with freedom from many of the regulations that apply to traditional public schools. Charter schools are independent, tuition free to in-state students and are highly accountable. Charter schools are operated in accordance to a specific mission or "charter". The "charter" establishing each school is a performance contract detailing the school's mission, program, goals, students served, methods of assessment, and ways to measure success.

As of March 2019, there are 28 public charter schools operating in New Hampshire. Together these public schools serve over 3,800 families. New Hampshire charter schools offer New Hampshire students a diverse range of mission and program options to choose from. Charter schools allow children and their families an opportunity to find the public education option that best serves their needs and interests. According to U.S. News and World Report (2015), there are now more than 6,500 chartered public schools operating in the United States.

For more information visit the New Hampshire Alliance for Public Charter Schools FAQ page.

What is the mission of Spark Academy? 
Spark Academy seeks to empower students with opportunities to master technical skills, both practical and theoretical, in the context of a high school and early college program that emphasizes the dignity and value of work. Students will discover an appreciation for the power of the sciences combined with an understanding of humanities. They will develop into innovative problem-solvers, ready to enter technical careers in the workforce upon graduation or through further study. 

What can a student accomplish through the Early College program?
Students may earn tangible skills and graduate high school with a certificate or an associate degree.

How much does it cost to attend Spark Academy?
Tuition is free to NH students.

Where is Spark Academy located?
Spark Academy is located on the Manchester Community College campus and directly benefits from MCC’s Early College program.

Who may attend this high school?
Spark Academy is an open enrollment high school for grades 9-12. Any high school student who officially resides in the state of New Hampshire is eligible for admission.

Which MCC programs will be available to my student?
All the Early College courses offered by Manchester Community College will be available for the Spark students. However, Spark Academy will focus on the advanced technologies such as Manufacturing, Robotics, Mechatronics, Cybersecurity, Computer Science, Welding, HVAC, etc. 

If my student is an active learner, how will he or she fit in this school?
Spark Academy’s curriculum and schedule plan elements were specifically designed for the active learner. Students will cultivate knowledge in workshops involving robotics, woodworking, laser-cutting, 3D printing, CAD, and other tools.
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