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January 24, 2024

Shoutout to our Amazing School Board!

It’s School Board Appreciation Month, and we’re taking a moment to thank the dedicated volunteers who guide our schools and shape the future of our students.

Their tireless work, often behind the scenes, makes a world of difference. Let’s show them some love! #SchoolBoardAppreciationMonth #ThankYouBoardMembers

January 12, 2024

It’s Time for Re-Enrollment 2024

As we start looking forward to the 24/25 school year, please review the re-enrollment process infographic.

Your early decision and response helps us plan effectively for the upcoming year. Thank you for being a part of our school family! 

HERE’S HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR:

STEP 1 »STEP 2 »STEP 3 »STEP 4 »STEP 5 »
JanuaryMarch July AugustAugust
Respond to our text message with your Intent to Return Complete the Re-Enrollment Form Connect with us by phone to confirm your re-enrollment & Free School-Branded Shirt Size Check the mail for our Back to School Welcome Kit & Event InformationBegin the 2024-25 School Year & receive your student’s School-Branded Shirt
August 14, 2023

EPPA’s First Golden Horseshoe Winner

Congratulations to Lewis Raeder, EPPA’s first-ever Golden Horseshoe winner! He received the coveted Golden Horseshoe pin and was inducted as a Knight of the Golden Horseshoe Society by the Superintendent of Schools this past summer.

June 30, 2022

Eastern Panhandle Preparatory Academy featured in The Journal

The line of families attending an open house at the Eastern Panhandle Preparatory Academy on Thursday night wrapped around the building as attendance boomed.
Credit: Journal photo by Jessica Wilt

On June 24, 2022, our school welcomed hundreds of local families to campus for our first Open House. The Journal’s Jessical Wilt was on hand to document the event that marks an important milestone in EPPA’s inaugural school year.


KEARNEYSVILLE — Traffic backed up on Rose Hill Drive in Kearneysville on Thursday evening, and the line of interested families wrapped around Founder’s Hall as the Eastern Panhandle Preparatory Academy hosted an open house.

The academy is on the cusp of opening this fall as the beginning of charter schools kicks off in West Virginia.

“We have had a warm reception from the community and families here in Jefferson County, and our enrollment numbers have exceeded expectations,” said Sharon Williams, the regional vice president for Accel Schools. “We are so excited to open our campus to new and prospective families and share our plans for the start of our first school year.”

The academy will serve students in pre-K through Grade 10, with 247 enrolled and 81 in the application process, as reported earlier this month.

“We are very pleased with the interest and want to remind everyone who is in the application phase that they must turn in all required documents to be fully enrolled,” Woodley said. “Enrollment is on a first-come, first-serve basis until each grade level fills.”

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools defines charter schools as “independently operated public schools that have the freedom to design classrooms that meet their students’ needs. All charter schools operate under a contract with a charter school authorizer – usually a nonprofit organization, government agency, or university – that holds them accountable to the exacting standards outlined in their ‘charter.’”

For many families who attended the open house, it gave them a chance to possibly seek a different educational environment for their students.

“I was really interested in putting her more in a private school, but there aren’t really any options around us, other than some of the faith-related ones in the area, which aren’t even super close for us,” mother Peggy Price said. “We’re out in Charles Town, closer to Berryville. So when this one popped up, we were just very interested in having her attend for a little more specialized focus, rather than getting lost in a public school. That was definitely a worry of ours.”

She and her 5-year-old daughter walked the grounds as families enjoyed a bounce house, snacks and games, in addition to the tour and informational opportunities. Price said the classroom style definitely interests her family.

“The one thing I do like that they do is they have a standard classroom, but they will break them up into smaller, core groups based on where they are. If they need a little bit more help in reading, they’ll focus in that small group for that,” Price said. “If they’re more advanced, they can advance into other topics. That definitely interested me. And just the smaller school setting, rather than the massive public schools.”

Similarly, Jonelle Westbrook, of Bunker Hill, is looking forward to her 9-year-old daughter being in a small setting for classes. Westbrook’s daughter, who is already enrolled, had ADHD, which the family believes will benefit from the new environment.

“It was just looking for a different type of environment for her and small classrooms, not as rigid sitting at a desk the entire time, just seeing how that works out for her,” Westbrook said. “I think it will work better for her.”

Like Price, Westbrook was drawn to the small classrooms, as well.

“When we were walking through, we saw the classrooms, which are smaller,” she said. “It looks like it’ll be a more core group. It’s not like an overabundance of kids. That’s usually what the problem is, is there’s too many kids.”

As her daughter yelled from the bounce house that she made a new friend, Westbrook laughed that her daughter is excited for the coming school year. The mother also noted several of her friends from public school were at the open house, a pleasant surprise for the 9-year-old.

The Eastern Panhandle Preparatory Academy came to be as interested community members came together to form a board of directors, said Danyelle Knight Woodley, with the academy. From there, the group contacted ACCEL Schools, a charter school management group, that was hired by the board this past spring.

“We’re very excited to be in West Virginia,” Woodley said. “This is historic — voters asked for charter schools, and we are the lucky ones who get to deliver.”

The local academy is one of three brick-and-mortar charter schools to open this fall, and two more will open virtually, including the Virtual Preparatory Academy of West Virginia and Mountain State Learning Solutions, also called West Virginia Virtual Academy. The Professional Charter School Board approved three physical charter schools last year: the Nitro Preparatory Academy, in Kanawha County, the Eastern Panhandle Preparatory Academy and the West Virginia Academy, in Monongalia County.

Read the original story at www.journal-news.net »
June 1, 2022

Curriculum FAQs

The curriculum and teaching plans at EPPA include no political or culturally charged content. The curriculum encompasses traditional and patriotic values and will not be decisive in any way.

What standards will the curriculum materials be aligned to?
  • All curricula will be aligned to the West Virginia College and Career Readiness Standards appropriate for each grade level and content area.
What curriculum materials will support the English Language Arts standards at each grade level?
  • Grades K-5 will use Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Into Reading series for core instruction
    • Covers reading comprehension, fluency, writing, explicit phonics instruction and phonological awareness
    • Curriculum is designed to strengthen key literacy skills and ensure that all students are tracking toward reading proficiently by third grade
  • Grades 6-8 will use Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Into Literature series for core instruction
    • Provides students with opportunities to read and listen to high-quality and interesting texts. Higher-level thinking skills and writing are included with each literature section.  The materials support knowledge building as well as help student increase their vocabulary.

What curriculum materials will support the Mathematics standards at each grade level?
  • All students in grades K-8 will use Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Into Math series for core instruction. This math series builds foundational math skills while also giving students opportunities to apply their skills to real life situations. Multiple approaches to algorithm are taught after building a strong foundation in the concept.
What supplemental programs are available to support students with their learning goals?
  • All students use the iReady program. iReady provides a diagnostic assessment at the beginning, middle and end of the year in both Math and Reading that allows teachers to customize student learning in daily small groups. Students use their Chromebooks to work on their iReady MyPath for 45 minutes per week in both Math and Reading. The program is customized to each student based on the most recent diagnostic assessment data and allows them to work on areas where they need support.

  • The AMP platform provides many supplemental programs that teachers can access to enrich their classroom teaching and support individualized instruction within their classroom. A few of these include:
    • IXL: contains thousands of math, language, social studies, science, and Spanish practice questions, games and modules that are aligned to the West Virginia College and Career Readiness Standards. Students practice one skill at a time, based on their learning profile, and earn points and ribbons when they get questions correct. Once they reach 100 points for a skill, kids earn a stamp in their book, encouraging them to master other skills to earn virtual prizes.
    • RazKids: Students access their leveled text through an interactive learning portal designed to keep them motivated and engaged. Every eBook allows students to listen to, read at their own pace, and record themselves reading. Students then take a corresponding eQuiz complete with an extended answer response to test comprehension and determine future instruction needs. Once a student has read ten or more of the leveled eBooks and passed each of the corresponding eQuizzes, they advance on to the next reading level where they have access to lengthier and more difficult text.
    • Newsela: the online database contains thousands of real-world texts that feature diverse perspectives. Texts are published at five different reading levels to allow all students exposure to a topic at a reading level that is appropriate for them.
    • GoNoodle: provides short videos that help keep kids in grades K-5 moving and learning.

February 8, 2022

Is Charter School Right for My Family?

West Virginia’s legislature recently gave the go ahead for charter schools to begin operating in the state. It is an exciting opportunity for families who value school choice, but how do you know if a charter school is a good fit for your family? First, it helps to have a basic understanding of what a charter school is.

What is a Charter School?

According to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, charter schools are independently operated public schools that have the freedom to design classrooms that meet their students’ needs. All charter schools operate under a contract with a charter school authorizer – usually a nonprofit organization, government agency, or university – that holds them accountable to the exacting standards outlined in their “charter.”

Why Choose Charter?

The reasons parents choose charter schools for their children are just as unique as the students themselves. Here are a few of the reasons why families choose charter education:

Teachers
Charter schools are known for having dedicated administrators and teachers who have a stake in their students’ success. The charter model encourages innovation, thinking “outside the box,” and going the extra mile to help each student be successful.

School’s focus
Charter schools come in many different varieties from STEM focused schools to bilingual schools to schools that espouse a specific educational methodology, such as Montessori or Waldorf. Parents are often drawn to a charter school for the specific programs it offers. Open Houses and special events on campus are excellent opportunities to get to know what makes each school unique.

Time for a change
Whether your child is struggling in his or her current school, needs extra challenge, or simply is ready for a different educational environment, charter schools offer a fresh approach to learning that many families appreciate. Every child is unique and charter schools offer many different options for meeting your family’s educational needs.

To find out more about charter schools, visit the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools or contact us to find out if Eastern Panhandle Prep is a good fit for your family.

January 26, 2022

About Charter Schools and the Charter School Advantage

Eastern Panhandle Preparatory Academy is one of the first public charter schools to open in West Virginia. We are authorized by the West Virginia Professional Charter School Board and managed by ACCEL Schools, a high-performing network of over 50 charter schools located throughout the United States.

Charter schools offer families an alternative to the local public school and are among the top-performing schools in the nation. Charter schools are tuition-free public schools—open to all students in a state or district, regardless of their zip code, and focused on meeting student needs for success. The charter school model empowers teachers to provide innovative, high-quality instruction and gives them the autonomy to design a classroom that fits their students’ needs. Charter schools are led by dynamic principals who have the flexibility to create a school culture that fosters student performance and parent satisfaction. Charter schools are held accountable to the performance standards they agree to in their charter and by their communities. Read more about charter schools »

Eastern Panhandle Prep Charter School Advantage:

SAFE and Caring Environment: We care about the well-being and development of each child. We are interested in each child’s future. A secure and orderly learning environment is our top priority.

Education Technology: We see technology as a tool to support excellent teachers. Our students and staff will have access to technology which will enable the flexibility to accommodate different learning and teaching styles.

Professional Development: Our teachers are engaged, highly qualified, and supported by a team of mentors and specialists. Teachers receive regular professional development and performance reviews.

Curriculum and Teaching Best Practices: Innovate, validate, replicate. We take proven methods from high-performing programs and apply them to other schools across our network.

Operational Efficiency: Efficient school operations mean more resources for students. Our schools achieve a level of administrative diligence that matches our academic rigor. Best practices and transparency are a part of everything we do.

Personalization: Every student receives an Individualized Learning Plan (ILP), which is a dynamic, living road map. Regular, short-cycle assessments allow us to review student performance for each learning objective and react quickly to accelerate instruction or provide support.

Community Integration: We intentionally serve a broad range of communities, and we believe that community involvement is vital to the success of our schools. We work to identify the unique circumstances facing your area and include community leaders in our planning and operations. We make it a priority to develop relationships with our families, neighbors, and organizations that are benefiting our school community.

We look forward to welcoming families and the Kearneysville community to our school and preparing for a successful and thriving new school year this fall. To receive updates and more information, please complete our request for information form.

How We Individualize Instruction

At Eastern Panhandle Prep, we implement the ACCEL Instructional Model (AIM) which starts with a standards-based curriculum taught by properly certified and licensed teachers. We frequently assess students (on a bi-weekly schedule) to know if a student is working ahead, falling behind, or right on track when it comes to mastering the learning standards for their grade level.

Our school is built on a strong foundation of high expectations for academic achievement for all students. Our instructional model has four key components to achieve strong academic results:

  1. Individualized Instruction. Students participate in a variety of learning activities each day that individualize instruction for each subject area. Students receive whole class instruction, small group instruction, and individual instruction with teachers, technology and other curricular tools.
  2. Properly Certified & Licensed Teachers. Our teachers meet rigorous requirements including a Bachelor’s degree, grade-level teaching license/certificate and ability to demonstrate subject area expertise. Our teachers are supported by trainers and participate in continuous, research-based professional development. Our teachers are accountable for student learning and rewarded for high quality performance.
  3. More Time on Task. Our students receive double the instruction in ELA and Math to provide a strong foundation for all learning. Our school also follows a longer school day and school year than many other schools.
  4. Short Cycle Assessments. Student knowledge of academic standards is assessed formally and informally in short cycles by each teacher. Our teachers adjust class-level and individual instruction based on student performance in these frequent intervals.

To receive updates and more information, please complete our request for information form.

August 7, 2021

The ACCEL Schools Difference

We are a proud member of ACCEL Schools—a public charter school network serving thousands of PK-12 students throughout the United States. ACCEL was founded in 2012 by the early pioneers of online learning. Our leadership believes that all children, regardless of location or socio-economic background, deserve a quality education that prepares them to succeed in school and become productive global citizens.  

ACCEL Schools Instructional Model provides: 

  • Aligned Academics meet or exceed state standards ensuring your child is on track for rigorous college and career opportunities.    
  • Certified, Licensed Teachers and a student-centered staff are united in executing our mission to make a difference in the life trajectory of each student.    
  • More Time on Tasks and double the instructional minutes for ELA and Math maximizes learning in your child’s school day.   
  • Short Cycle Assessments keep track of how students are progressing in the program, giving teachers ongoing feedback so they can tailor instruction to your student’s needs.    
  • Individualized Instruction driven by assessment data means we are familiar with the needs of each child and set students up for success in each course of study.    
  • State Testing Preparation reduces the anxiety often associated with high-stakes tests, helping our teachers and students feel confident with the structure and methodology of state exams.    
  • Academic Support including education technology, interventional specialists, and instructional aides assist students during the school day. After-school tutoring, summer school, and Saturday school programs extend support services beyond the traditional school day and year.   
  • Extracurricular Courses & Activities round out our educational offerings providing students social-emotional learning, athletics, arts, service learning & more.