Spark FAQs

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Helpful Answers for Frequently Asked Questions:

Where is Spark Academy located?
Spark Academy is located on the Manchester Community College campus and directly benefits from MCC’s Running Start, Early College, and other programs. Our students have the opportunity to participate in community service projects and a variety of other enrichments made available to us through the cooperative relationship we enjoy with MCC. 

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.

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

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 is the average class size?
Class size never exceeds 15, as this is the maximum number of students per cohort. Cohorts go through the school day as a group, which encourages cohesiveness and bonding. The cohort model has always been a key feature of Spark Academy.

What is the schedule like?
Our school day for first and second year students consists of four 90-minute blocks: Technology, Math, Science, and Humanities. In the third year, we expect many of our students' schedules to shift in order to accommodate college level classes.

Do you have clubs and sports?
We currently have a robotics team and student council. Students may participate in sports teams that are run by their sending high school and are responsible for getting their own transportation to after school practices and games.

Is there a school bus?
Students who reside in Manchester may take the school bus. There is also a MTA bus route to the MCC campus, which high school students are entitled to ride for free. Parents are responsible for ensuring their student is comfortable with transfers and city bus schedules.

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

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 technologies such as Advanced 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 and projects involving robotics, woodworking, laser-cutting, 3D printing, CAD, and other tools.

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.
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