A New Public School Option for Danbury

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A New Public School Option for Danbury

By Angela Chastain

Danbury Prospect Charter School, a new public school option for Danbury, is now one step closer to making its Fall 2019 opening a reality. After being approved for a public hearing by the Connecticut State Board of Education, the school’s organizers are working closely with members of the Danbury community to clear this next hurdle and bring their educational vision to life.

If approved, Danbury Prospect Charter School (DPCS) will be a college preparatory community in which excellent teachers prepare a diverse student body to have a positive impact on society and a lifelong passion for learning. DPCS will be the first school in the region to give students access to a curriculum designed around the pillars of the rigorous International Baccalaureate program, which prioritizes critical thinking and deep, nuanced learning.

Also, importantly – this would be Danbury’s first public charter school.

Run by Prospect Schools, DPCS plans to open with one hundred 6th grade seats that will be filled by open lottery selection.  As a public school, DPCS will be open to — and tuition free for — all Danbury students.

Still, the future of DPCS is not secure. Over the coming weeks and months, the school and its organizers must successfully navigate the following:

  • A public hearing in the Danbury school district that will give residents the chance to show their support for the school. The hearing will be scheduled in the coming weeks.
  • A vote by the State Board of Education to either approve or deny the charter application; it’s likely the vote will occur in the coming months.
  • Should DPCS be awarded a charter, the school will need to then advocate for funding in the 2019 state budget – the state provides approximately $11,000 per student enrolled in the charter school.
  • After securing the charter and funding, DPCS will prepare a facility to house the school.

Danbury Prospect will give parents a choice in where they send their children to public school. All parents deserve options when it comes to their child’s education.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Speakers and attendees are needed at both the public hearing in Danbury and on the day of the vote at the State Board of Education in Hartford. The state needs to hear how much Danbury wants additional school choice options.
  • After DPCS receives the initial charter, lawmakers will need to hear from constituents in the form of emails, letters and visits to the state legislature. This is all necessary to secure funding for the school.

How will DPCS benefit Danbury?

  • It will provide additional seats for students, something Danbury unquestionably needs. Many schools are bursting at the seams.
  • DPCS is committed to being located in downtown Danbury, not only because of convenience for families, but also to support the downtown revitalization efforts.
  • DPCS will offer another public school choice option for Danbury students; children learn differently and thrive in varied learning atmospheres. DPCS will have a small school feel and embrace the diversity that makes Danbury so unique.
  • DPCS will be the only school in Danbury teaching the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program. The IB program provides a global view and cultivates multicultural awareness while at the same time emphasizing written and oral communication skills, supporting inquiry and understanding and promoting student reflection and expression.

How can you find out more and help make Danbury Prospect Charter School a reality?

  • Visit our website – www.danburyprospect.org
  • Call us 203-580-2010
  • Email our Community Outreach Manager at achastain@prospectschools.org
  • Find us on Facebook – www.facebook.com/DanburyProspectCharterSchool/


Angela Chastain is the Community Relations Manager for Prospect Schools. For more information, visit www.danburyprospect.org.


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March 9, 2018

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