April 09, 2013
Gillingham Charter School is Pottsville's first charter school. It has a great way of teaching. My kids say that it doesn't feel like regular school, it feels like home. Their subjects all interconnect, and the learning is driven by reading books instead of memorizing text books. They have taken archery, basketball, soccer, recited in public, been in a play, are learning musical instruments for FREE, participated in Spirit Team, write poetry and stories. All of the students spend time outside, everyday. I can't say enough about the variety of subjects, and the quality of what they're learning. The school is only in it's second year, so there are things that need to be improved, of course. The test scores don't reflect what is going on in the classrooms...yet. There is some teacher turnover and I think they are working on it. It's a very different kind of methodology. Not everyone (parents & students included) gets it, but for those who do, it is really life changing. My kids never participated in after school activities in PASD schools. Now, they're both very involved. I hope it lasts, I really want my kids to graduate from Gillingham!
- submitted by a parent