WELCOME TO MOT CHARTER SCHOOL
Proudly helping to educate, mentor and inspire tomorrow's leaders since 2002
Mission & Philosophy
MOT Charter School provides a challenging curriculum in a safe and nurturing environment where all children learn and flourish. By utilizing diverse teaching strategies and exposing students to a wide variety of educational experiences, we ensure that each child participates in, understands, and enjoys learning.
- A strong school community enables every child to reach his or her academic potential.
- Character development and personal responsibility form the basis for learning.
- Students are empowered and expected to be accountable for their own learning.
- Parents are invited and expected to be actively engaged in their children’s education.
MOT Charter School opened in 2002 as a public charter school. The curriculum is designed to emphasize problem solving, and our goal is to prepare students to be creative, intuitive, and analytical thinkers. MOT Charter is committed to meeting the needs of each and every student–regardless of where they are on the learning continuum. The configuration of the school is designed to offer a public school experience in a small school setting. The vision includes parents who are welcomed into a partnership with the staff and administration. This enables parents to become an active, integral part of their child’s academic, and MOT Charter School’s, success. The founders are committed to choice in public education and strongly believed in building-level leadership.
Since the beginning, we have been fortunate to be sustained by a committed group of parents and teachers who value and celebrate our shared mission and values. Our parents and staff are wholly committed to one another, and to the development of all of our children.
We invite you to visit us to learn more about MOT!
At MOT Charter High School, students come ready to learn and leave ready to lead. We work to engage highly motivated high school students though a rigorous college preparatory program to help them develop into young adults who are ready to take on their responsibilities in the world.
Our highly collaborative and inquiry based curriculum is built around problem-solving and creativity, and designed to help students excel with either a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) or Arts (creative, performing or visual) concentration. The school is an authentic 1-to-1 technology oriented school. Students experience learning through an online learning platform supported by electronic textbooks and other e-learning resources.
Our high school campus is the perfect union of pedagogy and architecture. The unique, state of the art facility inspires learning and collaboration.
We invite you to visit us to learn more about MOT!
MOT Charter embodies the phrase “it takes a village” not only in getting the job done, but in making sure the job is done well. The perspectives and input of all stakeholders informs all aspects of the life and program at MOT Charter. This includes families, students, teachers, staff and administrators. Decisions are never made in isolation; all stakeholders have the opportunity to engage in the decision-making process. Every stakeholder is accountable for, and shares equally in, our school’s success.
• Parents ensure that their students regularly attend school, are prepared for each day, and support their children with homework and participation in extracurricular activities. Parents also volunteer to contribute to the overall good of the school.
• Teachers plan meaningful lessons to ensure the best learning outcomes for all students and lead the many extracurricular opportunities available to our students.
• Support staff members effectively and efficiently meet their job responsibilities to contribute to a safe, friendly and calm school environment.
• Administrators keep us mission-focused, support and guide the efforts of others, and maintain communication to all stakeholders throughout.
• Students are active participants in, and are accountable for, their own learning. Students also create and maintain the safe and nurturing learning environment by being their best and expecting the best from others.
What is a Charter School?
MOT Charter School is an independent, tuition-free public school, serving students from kindergarten to 12th grade. The “charter” establishing each school is a contract, which states the school’s mission, program and measurable goals. Charter schools are different from traditional public schools in that they can only remain open as long as they deliver the results that they promise. MOT Charter School is authorized by the State Department of Education, and is accountable to our authorizer, parents and the public.
In Delaware, charter schools play a critical role in our public education system – in 1995, the charter school law was passed with the goal of increasing choices for families and raising the academic performance of all Delaware schools. Currently, charter schools are the educational choice for over 10% of Delaware’s public school students.
Where do charter schools get money to operate?
Delaware’s charter schools get operating money from the state as well as from local school districts. Funding is allocated based on the number of students enrolled. However, Delaware currently does not provide money for charter school facilities, so each school must find and pay for its own building. While we understand that all money is tight in Delaware, our charter schools on average receive at least $3000 less per pupil than our district counterparts. Most of this is due to the capital funding piece. (source: Charter Network of Delaware)