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What is a charter school?

A charter school is a public school that is freed from many state rules and regulations that apply to public schools in exchange for greater accountability for student achievement.  A charter school is authorized through a charter contract with the school board and is governed by an independent governance board. Charter schools provide families choice in learning environments that best meets the needs of their child.

Charter schools are one way that Lake Geneva Schools builds potential for student achievement, staff opportunity, and transformation using innovative environments, teaching methods, and personalized learning to meet unique needs of all learners.

Lake Geneva Schools has two charter schools, Maple Park Charter School (Grades 4K - 8) and New Visions Charter School (9th - 12th Grade).  Staffing and the district's (per student) resources to students enrolled in a charter school follow the same guidelines used for students in Badger High School.

How will New Visions Charter School be governed?

Charter schools in Wisconsin are governed independently by the charter school’s governance board.  The board is accountable to the charter contract authorized by the Lake Geneva-Genoa City Union High School District (Badger High School).

What grades does New Visions Charter School cover?

New Visions Charter School enrolls students from grades 9 - 12.  If you are looking for a charter school for grades 4K - 8, we recommend you visit Maple Park Charter School.

Where is New Visions Charter School located?

New Visions Charter School operates virtually.  Because it is a blended program a student may take classes at Badger High School in Lake Geneva.  Our office is located at located at 220 E South St, Lake Geneva, WI 53147.

How do I register for New Visions Charter School? After registration, a meeting will be scheduled with families to decide on coursework and schedules.

Can I enroll in New Visions Charter School at any time? High school students may enroll, pending a pre-enrollment meeting and Open Enrollment/Alternative Enrollment approval, during semesters I and II.  If a student is taking a face-to-face class at Badger High School, the student will have to enter and exit the class according to the semester schedule.  The school calendar will be followed. Time in this calendar must allow a student to finish an online class offering.

Can I attend New Visions Charter School if I am not a resident of the school district? Yes - a student from outside the Lake Geneva-Genoa City UHS District (Badger High School) may enroll in the New Visions Charter School as an Open Enrollment student.

What does a New Visions Charter School family receive? First-Class Curriculum:  Our program features curriculum developed by educators that focuses on virtual courses and classes.  New Visions Charter School families receive a personal electronic computing device, textbooks either in print or digital format, and comprehensive lesson plans.
High-Quality Teaching:  New Visions Charter School’s highly qualified professional staff work one-on-one with students and their parents to instruct, review assignments, and customize the curriculum, including extra help for struggling or gifted students.  Students will also benefit from local educational guides who help monitor the work. All of the teachers online or in face-to-face classes are licensed Wisconsin teachers.
State-of-the-Art Technology:  Students will receive use of a personal electronic computing device, frequent online communication, individual achievement planning, and resources targeted at supporting them in the best possible manner.

Community Connections:  New Visions Charter School facilitates numerous activities and athletics through after-school clubs, social events, and sports at Badger High School.

Do students receive grades? All students will receive quarter grades in a format that represents the online or face-to-face class.  High school students will receive letter grades (A, B, C, D, or F). High school students entering New Visions Charter School from another school district or homeschooling will have their transcripts evaluated and credits (if applicable) entered into the Lake Geneva-Genoa City Union High School District (Badger High School) student database. This will happen with a licensed counselor who will meet to make sure each student has a developed four-year plan.
Is New Visions Charter School a public school? Yes, we are a public charter school operating under a contract with the Lake Geneva-Genoa City Union High School District.

What is the cost of New Visions Charter School? Currently, there are no fees associated with registering for New Visions Charter School.  Students choosing to take a class, participate in clubs or sports at Badger High School may be subject to fees. Are students issued a free personal electronic computing device (PECD)? PECDs (i.e., Chromebook or iPad) will be provided to the student attending New Visions Charter School. PECDs are the property of Lake Geneva-Genoa City Union High School District and must be returned should the student leave New Visions Charter School.

Will New Visions Charter School give our family a monetary stipend for Music, PE, Art, or other specialty lessons? New Visions Charter School does not provide monetary stipends for any specialty lessons outside of the district offerings.

Can I choose my student’s curriculum? A licensed Wisconsin teacher (teacher-on-record) from New Visions Charter School will collaborate with the student and family, along with a guidance counselor, to develop a four-year student learning plan.  Lake Geneva-Genoa City Union School District will provide students with a full curriculum at no cost to the family. Courses held at Badger High School may be taken; the individual course calendar dates will be followed.

Are the teachers and staff certified? All professional staff is licensed in the State of Wisconsin.  We take great pride in the highly qualified staff who work with our students.

Will my child be required to take standardized tests?

The State of Wisconsin does require certain state tests at various grade levels.   These include the ACT, ACT/Aspire, FORWARD, and a civics test. New Visions Charter School will also offer charter school families the opportunity to participate in these valuable assessments.  The assessment data will be shared with the families so that each family can see the growth of their student compared to state standards and benchmarks.

Does my student need to be immunized? Families need to provide the student’s immunization records or the signed waiver form. Do we have to submit student health forms?

Our students’ health and well being are of utmost importance to New Visions Charter School.
Student health forms and physicals are suggested for the health and safety of the student. Families with questions on health forms, medication, or health services can contact the school nurse: Julie Eckhoff, RN, at julie.eckhoff@badger.k12.wi.us

When does the school year start and end? The New Visions school year will correspond with the Lake Geneva Schools schedule but will allow for some flexibility.  Families should discuss their individual needs with the New Visions Charter School staff.

Can my student participate in clubs and sports? Students can participate in sports, clubs, band, choir, extracurricular activities, and social events offered at Badger High School.  For more information on clubs and sports, families will want to contact Badger High School regarding availability for their student. Families will be responsible for any fees associated with sports, clubs, activities, or courses taken at Badger High School Can my student take classes at Badger High School? Yes, New Visions Charter School students can take classes at Badger High School if they have met the prerequisites for the course.  This is a part of the unique blended approach of New Visions Charter School.

Can my student participate in the Badger High School graduation ceremony? Graduates may participate in the traditional Badger High School graduation ceremony. Do high school students receive a diploma and transcript? New Visions Charter School students will be provided with a transcript and a Lake Geneva-Genoa City UHS High School diploma when they graduate.
Do you accept students with IEPs or 504s? Yes, students with an IEP or a 504 are welcome in New Visions Charter School.  Prior to placement in New Visions Charter School, the Student Services team and family will meet to determine if a virtual setting can meet the needs of the student.

How are charter schools funded? Charter schools are funded and staffed at the same level as Badger High School, based upon the number of students served.  Charter schools receive an allocation of district level support for functions such as technology support, business services, facilities, etc.  If the charter school's Governance Board elects to provide resources beyond district funding levels, they have opportunities for fundraising or grants, similar to the grant applications and fundraising that is done by parent groups for district schools.
Where can I get more information about charter schools in Wisconsin? The Department of Public Instruction provides information on charter schools and rules at Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's website

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