Carmel Community, Inc. is chartered by the State of Arizona to operate Carmel
Community Arts and Technology, a K-12 school. We have two sites, one in Chandler
and one in Bisbee. By being the first organization to receive a school charter
in Arizona, we went through many start-up challenges such as monitoring,
oversight activities, and audits; special education, financial, and compliance
audits. We were an active participant in the learning curve of our sponsoring
board. By surviving we gained the experience and insight to progress and become
a viable and valuable resource for other charter schools in their start-up
years. We are imminently qualified to provide new charter schools the guidance
and help to avoid or minimize start-up problems.
The goals for this project are to:
disseminate to start-up and established charter schools the knowledge, tools,
and guidance to meet the Arizona Dance, Drama, Music, and Visual Arts Standards,
write Arts curriculum and adapt it for integration with other core curriculum,
develop assessment pieces to monitor student and teacher progress,
develop Arts lesson plans to implement the written and Internet curriculum,
offer guidance in the employment of Arts teachers, and to write Arts grants.
Secondary goals for the project also include how to:
write technology plans, apply for the e-rate, fill out forms, and meet
use technology in the schools curriculum,
find professional development for teachers,
assess technology vendors.
Tertiary goals include strategic planning for administrative and peer team
building, staff management, and business management of charter schools.
The purpose of this project is to disseminate hard won knowledge and experience
to beginning charter schools, and to enable all schools to insert Arts and
Technology pieces into their own plans. Through partnerships with new charter
schools, they will implement the goals of their school without being unduly
distracted by start-up problems.
The intended audience is charter schools in the planning stages, in their first
two years, or established schools that have not yet addressed the Arts or
Technology pieces in their curriculum.
The features of this project are:
It combines the Arts with a Technology curriculum focus, standards, and
We focus on value added activities to meet the state standards.
Carmel Community, Inc was founded in 1976, and its founders are still active
today, with experience in entrepreneurial, volunteer, government and business