Q: Why the name “Ipso”?
A: Ipso means “itself” in Latin. Our school model is based on the idea that education should be personalized for each student. Our logo emphasizes that while working together, each student may take a different path in learning.
Q: Does Ipso charge tuition?
A: No, Ipso will be a public charter school. We will be 100% tuition free.
Q: When does the school plan to open?
A: The Ipso School plans to open to ninth-grade students in the fall of 2018. Each year, our school will add a grade level until we reach our full enrollment in the fall of 2021.
Q: How will technology be used in the classroom?
A: Students will each be issued a Chromebook, which will help teachers differentiate learning and engage each student. Our instructional model is founded on the belief that meaningful relationships occur when students and teachers collaborate face-to-face. At the same time, technology allows teachers to target instruction based on students’ individual needs and interests. Our blended learning model will help students develop quality relationships while leveraging technology to connect students to authentic audiences and customized learning experiences.
Q: What is a charter school? Who governs charter schools?
A: Charter schools are public schools, tuition-free and open to any student who wishes to attend. Many are run by nonprofit public benefit corporations, and many others are unincorporated, but governed by their school districts. Currently, the Ipso School plans to be governed by a non-profit organization.
Q: How will Ipso be funded?
A: In California, traditional district school and charter public schools are funded under the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) which allocates state and local tax dollars to public education agencies based on the number of pupils in each grade level. Additional funding is provided for students with high needs, such as low-income pupils and English learners. For students coming from the San Rafael City Schools District, only a portion of the local property tax money follows each student to Ipso School, leaving students who remain in the district with more money per pupil. Funding for a student from outside of the district depends upon the student’s district of residence.
Q: Where will the Ipso School be located?
A: We have enlisted a commercial real estate agent and are looking for available in San Rafael. Ideally, we would be close to transportation and the downtown area so that we can be centrally located, and close to opportunities for internships and projects in the community.
Q: Will my student be prepared for college at Ipso? How?
A: Yes, our courses will incorporate the Common Core standards in English/Language Arts and math, the Next Generation Science Standards, CA State Social Studies standards, and National Art standards. We will also provide a wide range of electives and AP courses. All Ipso students will graduate having met the entrance requirements for University of California and California State University system so that they will have choices open to them. They will take the same national and state assessments as students in traditional schools. We will also be accredited as a high school by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). At Ipso, we will use internal assessments and performance assessments to ensure that students are making adequate progress towards content and skill development.
Q: What are the admissions requirements?
A: The Ipso School is a public school, and all students will have access. If the number of requests is larger than the number of spaces available, we will hold a public lottery. Preference will be given to residents of the San Rafael City School District, siblings of current students, and children of staff and board members.
Q: Will I be required to volunteer if my child attends Ipso? How much parent involvement will be required?
A: There is no participation requirement for families at Ipso. However, we believe that parent involvement is a key part of student success. We know that involvement will come in many forms. We will encourage parents and families to participate through our Leadership committees, public exhibitions of student work, individual meetings to support students, the Language Cafe, internships, and other events.
Q: How can I find out more about the Ipso School?
A: You can peruse our website for more details: www.ipsoschools.org where you can also sign up for our email list. We have several upcoming community meetings that you can find on the calendar there. In addition, you can follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ipsoschools/ , Twitter @ipsoschools and Instagram @ipsoschools. You may also email with more questions - firstname.lastname@example.org