Sturgis Charter Public School
|Sturgis Charter Public School|
427 Main Street
Hyannis, MA 02601
125 West Main Street
Hyannis, MA 02601
|Type||Charter high school|
|Motto||"International Baccalaureate for All"
"Independence of Thought, Generosity of Spirit" (1998-2004)
|Established||1998 as Sturgis Charter School|
|School district||Sturgis Charter Public School|
|Faculty||36.8 (on FTE basis)|
|Grades||9 - 12|
|Enrollment||743.3 (East & West)|
|Student to teacher ratio||10.0|
East - Blue & WhiteWest - Green & White
|Athletics conference||Lighthouse Conference|
East - "Storm"West - "Navigators"
|Average SAT scores||585 verbal
1710 total (2015-2016)
The Sturgis Charter Public School is a dual-campus charter school located in the village of Hyannis, Massachusetts (Town of Barnstable, MA). The school received its charter in February 1998 and opened in September for the 1998-1999 academic year with 162 freshman, 15 faculty and staff, a newly renovated facility, and a $1.2 million budget. The school philosophy is International Baccalaureate for all students.
For its first six years, the school was known as Sturgis Charter School. In 2004, the Sturgis board changed the school's name to "Sturgis Charter Public School," in keeping with a public relations initiative of the Massachusetts Charter School Association. According to the enabling legislation for Massachusetts charter schools, a "charter" school is by statutory definition a public school. Sturgis determined that many people were unaware of this and thus added the term "Public" for clarity.
In 2010, Sturgis decided to open a new campus on West Main Street in Hyannis, only a few blocks from the original campus. However, the campus was not built until 2012, and both schools shared space on Main Street until the new school was constructed. This new campus came to be known as "Sturgis West", while the original campus on Main Street in Hyannis came to be known as "Sturgis East", basically dividing the Sturgis campus into two separate schools. Both the East & West campuses field their own athletic teams, have their own schools mascots, and their own school colors and compete against each other in all sports offered at both schools. Sturgis East's mascot name is the "Storm", and their colors are Navy Blue & White. Sturgis West's mascot name is the "Navigators", and their colors are Green & White.
As a result of the success and popularity of the “International Baccalaureate for All” program, student admission waiting lists swelled to more than 400 students for the 2011-12 school year. As a result, The Sturgis Board has developed a second campus in Hyannis that replicates the Sturgis mission of IB for All and the vibrant school culture.
The proposed second campus at 125 West Main Street in Hyannis earned the new school the name Sturgis West. A temporary location for the Sturgis West campus was used for the 2011-12 school year at the former Artifacts Furniture building at 434 Main Street in Hyannis. Construction crews began work in April 2011 so that the facility would be ready in August 2012 for approximately 220 new freshman and sophomore students and approximately 30 staff members. A significant majority of the faculty for the second campus has been recruited from outside of the school—only a few school leaders will come from the original Sturgis faculty.
The original campus at 427 Main Street has been designated Sturgis East by the administration.
Both the Sturgis East and Sturgis West campuses have their own athletic teams, school mascot, and school colors and compete against each other in all sports, along with other area high schools. Sturgis East's mascot name is the "Storm", and their colors are Navy Blue & White. Sturgis West's mascot name is the "Navigators", and their colors are Green & White.
The Sturgis Board of Trustees governs the school, and the Executive Director oversees the educational program. Each campus has a Principal.
Awards and recognition
As of 2016, the School is listed under the "gold medal" list, ranking 33 out of the top 100 high schools in the United States and first in Massachusetts (more than 20,000 public high schools from 50 states and the District of Columbia were analyzed) by U.S. News & World Report magazine.
In 2010, Newsweek magazine ranked Sturgis 29th in the nation in their annual ranking of America's top public high schools. The magazine's ranking was based exclusively on the number of AP and IB tests taken divided by the number of graduating seniors but is currently based on "six components: graduation rate (25%), college matriculation rate (25%), AP tests taken per graduate (25%), average SAT/ACT scores (10%), average AP/IB/AICE scores (10%), and AP courses offered (5%)".
In 2004, the Sturgis Charter Public School became an International Baccalaureate World School, offering the Diploma Program (DP) to students in the 11th and 12th grades, along with an intensive "pre-IB" program in the 9th and 10th grades. Sturgis is one of thirteen schools in Massachusetts that offer the IB Diploma Program.
The IB Diploma program of studies consists of courses taken in six groups (Language A, Language B, Individuals and Societies, Experimental Sciences, Mathematics, and the Arts). Courses are offered at the Higher Level (HL) and Standard Level (SL), for the diploma, a student must complete at least three but no more than four courses at the higher level, with the remainder at the standard level. Diploma candidates also complete a thesis known as the extended essay, a course in philosophy called Theory of Knowledge, as well as participate in CAS (creativity, action, and service) activities. Students who fulfill all these requirements earn the I.B. Diploma, students who are unable to or decide not to complete the diploma earn IB certificates in the courses for which an exam was taken. The IB Diploma is earned by students who choose to pursue it, although all students Sturgis are required to take IB courses and exams during their junior and senior years.
In North America, many colleges and universities grant credit for higher level courses scored with a sufficient mark (usually a 6 or 7), a smaller number also grant credit for standard level courses. Some institutions, such as Amherst College, Harvard University, and Binghamton University grant sophomore standing to any incoming student who has completed the full diploma.
For students wishing to study overseas, the I.B. Diploma can assist in making a student eligible to apply directly, especially when the host country's secondary educational system has more stringent requirements than the United States. For example, in the United Kingdom, university bound students are required to complete 15 years of schooling, rather than 13 that is standard in the United States or Canada. Normally, American students are required to first complete an associate degree, or alternatively enroll in a Sixth Form College in the UK (and write the required A Level exams for their programme) prior to attending a British University, however the completion of the I.B. Diploma waives this requirement at most British universities (except Oxford and Cambridge).
In the last examination session, students completed the following exams: Biology HL, Biology SL, Bus.& Man. SL, Chemistry HL, Chemistry SL, English A1 HL, English A1 SL, Environmental Systems and Societies SL, French Ab. SL, French B HL, French B SL, History HL, History SL, Information Technology in Global Society HL, Information Technology in Global Society SL, Latin HL, Latin SL, Math.Studies SL, Mathematics HL, Mathematics SL, Music HL, Music SL, Physics HL, Physics SL, Portuguese A2 SL, Psychology SL, Spanish A2 SL, Spanish Ab. SL, Spanish B HL, Spanish B SL, Theatre HL, Theatre SL, Theory Knowl. TK, Visual Arts HL and Visual Arts SL.
- There are several school clubs and other extracurricular activities available at Sturgis. Some of the most prominent school clubs include: Student Council, StormWatch (school newspaper) Mock Trial, a ski club, guitar club, Sturgis Singers (an afterschool auditioned group), Half Step Down (a Capella group), hiking and backpacking club, an Ancient Greek Club, the Sojourners, Film Club, Surf Club, S.T.A.G.E. (Sturgis Theater and Arts Guild of Entertainers, an acting group), Awkward Blocking (the school's first improvisational comedy troupe), a Model United Nations club, Gay-straight alliance, jazz band, several choruses, and a string ensemble. There is also a Chess Team and a Key Club.
- Sports at Sturgis include: Boys and Girls soccer, Field Hockey, Cross Country, Boys and Girls Basketball, Cheerleading, Boys and Girls Tennis, Lacrosse, Golf, Baseball, Softball, and Co-Ed Volleyball. In 2014-2015 a swim team was created in the big blue pool in the upstairs hallway, but that has since been disbanded. On December 10, 2016 an attempt at bringing back the swim team in the pool on the freshman hallway of the west campus failed and cause students to have classes at a nearby conference center.
A joint Track and Field program was also established between Sturgis East and West back in 2015.
- Sturgis Charter Public School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed November 28, 2010.
- "National Rankings Best High Schools". U.S. News & World Report LP. 2016-04-19. Retrieved 2016-04-20.
- Méndez, Teresa. "A top-100 list roils high schools: Do best-of lists spur schools to try harder - or simply feed an obsession with rank?", Christian Science Monitor, May 12, 2005. Accessed December 20, 2007. "To calculate high school rank, Newsweek uses an index that divides the number of Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests taken by students at public high schools in 2004 by the number of graduating seniors at their school that year."
- Find an IB World School—results, International Baccalaureate. Accessed July 16, 2014.
- Sturgis Charter Public School
- National Center for Educational Statistics data for Sturgis Public School
- IBO Profile for Sturgis Charter Public School