The mission of the Lodi Charter School is to provide an anchoring and supportive learning community for students will unique social, personal and educational needs.
Lodi’s Charter School exists to provide an educational touchstone for those students that are not reached through a traditional classroom setting. Charter students cover the same subject material, are accountable for the same model academic standards, and learn the same curriculum as other LHS students, but in different ways. The two strands of Lodi Charter School are the Credit Recovery Strand and the Freshman Transition Strand.
The purpose of the Credit Recovery Strand is to help students who are credit deficient for on-time graduation realize their goal of high school graduation though individualized studies.
The purpose of the Freshman Transition Strand is to help students transition from eighth grade to high school and to assist in the attainment of post-secondary goals. Through adult mentoring, small class sizes, service learning projects, character education, and diversified curricula and instruction, students are able to merge back into LHS as sophomores better prepared and more confident. At the end of high school, we expect these students, given resources they otherwise would have not had, are able to continue their education at other institutions.
The Lodi Charter School seeks to be at the forefront of alternative education and contribute to the mission of the Lodi School District. We hope to foster the academic and personal success of life-long learners through innovative teaching techniques and solid community relationships. We expect Lodi Charter School to continue serving students for many years to come, with statistical and intangible data supporting the achievement of Charter students.
Students learn in different ways
Material can be taught through different methods without losing integrity.
Real-world, hands-on learning is key for students who might not otherwise enjoy those resources.
All students can have high expectations.
In credit recovery, students are scheduled to complete independent work in the Charter classroom. Their studies are based on deficiencies in their transcript after a guidance counselor audit. Resources are available to students to pass classes, earn credits, or if needed prepare for HSED entrance tests.
For transition students, focus is on incorporating into each week a service-learning field day that links current classroom topics with an interdisciplinary hands-on learning experience. The field days consist of an instructional component and a physical work component. The two parts provide students with real world praxis of subject matter and restore community relationships. Learning through volunteer work builds a sense of personal investment in positive change.
Students spend part of their day in two charter school classes that are held in the high school building. Courses are offered in English, social studies, science, and adventure based physical education. The other part of the day is spent in elective classes offered by the high school. Math classes are taken through the high school. Students then transition back into Lodi High School as sophomores and all credits earned apply to a Lodi High School diploma.
How to Apply for 9th Grade Transition:
Applications for the Charter School should be submitted to the middle school guidance counselor by April 15th. Applications are available at the middle school and high school.
Participation in the Charter School is an opportunity for students who are willing to meet the expectations of the school. The Charter School has high expectations for attendance, behavior and effort. Specifics regarding student responsibilities are defined at the parent/student meeting.
A referral will require a meeting with the parent, student and appropriate staff to address the students’ needs and determine if the student meets the criteria of the program. The Charter School is entirely voluntary, and some students may be recommend by teachers and guidance counselors.
Admission Criteria for Credit Recovery:
Perspective credit recovery students must be enrolled in the School District of Lodi through the current district residential or open enrollment requirements. Referrals are submitted to the Lodi High School Building Consultation Team (BCT). The BCT is an advisory committee that meets to address the needs of students. Students and parents, or staff may submit written requests to the BCT. Once accepted the student will sign a contract outlining the expectations. The criteria considered for referrals may include but is not limited to:
Personal & Social Issues
Level of Interest in School