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APPLICATION SUMMARY



Charter School Name1

The Whole Elephant Charter School

Applicant Name(s)

Dr. Lotus King Weiss

Media Contact Name

Dr. Lotus King Weiss

Media Contact Email Address

lotus@thewholeelephant.info

Media Contact Telephone Number

201-206-3080

District of Location

New York City Community School District 25

Opening Date

September 1, 2013

Proposed Charter Term2

July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2018

Proposed Management Company or Partners

Partners: The Whole Elephant Institute; The Korean Community Center of New York

Projected Enrollment and Grade Span During Charter Term

From K to 5, with a total enrollment of 120 students in Year 1, 220 students in Year 2, 300 students in Year 3, 360 students in Year 4 and 400 students in Year 5


Projected Maximum Enrollment and Grade Span

From K to 5, with a maximum enrollment of 130 students in Year 1, 230 students in Year 2, 310 students in Year 3, 370 students in Year 4 and 410 students in Year 5

Mission Statement

The Whole Elephant Charter School at Flushing carries out the mission to establish an innovative education system which integrates the most frontier science of the West with the ancient science of mind-body-spirit from the East, with a goal to bring out the Master within each child whose unique passion and talent will be cultivated to blossom and whose mind will be cultivated to reach true maturity with great wisdom of human life and the entire universe.

The Whole Elephant Charter School at Flushing will officially open on September 1, 2013. One hundred and twenty students, with 20 students at each grade (k, 1, 2, 3, 4&5), will be admitted after Dr. Lotus King Weiss meet with the applicant students and their parents in one-on-one fashion and explain the mission and education program to the student candidates and parents; admission will be based upon first come first serve principle; the admitted students and their parents will first meet with the entire team of Master Educators consisting of leading experts and scholars in the field of Modern Life Science, Modern Physics, Computer Science, Engineering, Modern Western Medicine, Law, Western Philosophy and History, Chinese Language Arts, Chinese Martial Arts, Classical Chinese Dance, Chinese Music, Chess, Chinese Calligraphy, Painting and Poetry. The team of Master Educators belongs to the Whole Elephant Institute, a non-profit organization which has been rooted within the Flushing Community in the past seven years and has been a leader in public education of Traditional Chinese Culture (www.thewholeelephant.info). Each student can choose one or more Master Educators as his or her primary Master, who will then be responsible for his or her individualized education program from k-5; each student will work closely with his or her Master(s) to develop the details of the curriculum tailored specifically for the student’s level and interest; all students will be offered standard lectures in listening, speaking, reading and writing of English and Chinese; all students are required to master both English and Chinese Language at our Charter School; open seminars will be given by Master Educators to all students in their area of expertise through out the school hours, at different levels, so that each student can choose, under the instruction of his or her primary Master, to receive the appropriate level teachings; science laboratories in the area of life science, computer science and Chinese Medicine will be established in the Charter School at the end of the first year, which will then be made available for all students. In the following four school years, an additional 20 students will be enrolled for each grade, therefore enrolling a total 220 students in Year 2, 300 students in year 3, 360 students in year 4 and 400 students in year 5; besides mastering the knowledge of each specialized field offered by the Master Educators, each student will work closely with his or her primary Master in personal upgrading of their mind and heart nature; the ancient cultivation way of Falun Dada will be offered to all students at the Charter School; seminars on all forms of righteous religions from both the West and from the East will be offered to all students; The classical Chinese Texts teaching human morality, such as Sanzijin (Three Character Sutra) and Dizigui (Disciplinary Guide to Disciples) will be offered to all students. When students graduate from our Charter School, they shall be young scholars in Chinese Language and Culture, and young scientists of life, besides meeting the standards required upon them by the State Education Department of New York. The innovation of the education approach is based upon seven years of education research carried out by Dr. Lotus King Weiss at the Flushing Community; such an approach shall overcome the current existing blockage existing in most, if not all public schools: outdated contents of textbooks in all main fields of sciences; lack of individualized guidance and teaching to maximize the power of the young learners, especially young children from immigrants’ family facing major challenges in a new culture and language; not recognizing the immense power of the five thousand years of traditional Chinese culture in early childhood education; not recognizing the critical importance in moral education, wisdom education and disciple education; the loss of the art of education in the format of Master-Disciple relationship. The Motto is our Charter School is: to awake the Master within each Child; our operational principle is: Trust-Love-Respect.


CERTIFICATION AND ASSURANCES STATEMENT
Proposed Charter School Name _________The Whole Elephant Charter School________________

Proposed School Location (District) ________New York City Community School District 25_________


I hereby certify that the founding group/prospective Board of Trustees have all read Article 56 of the New York State Education Law, and understand the relationship between a charter school and the authorized chartering entity as defined in that statute. By submitting a charter school application to the Board of Regents, the founding group/prospective Board of Trustees understands that the Board of Regents is the authorized chartering entity with the authority to approve our application to establish the proposed charter school and enter into a charter agreement setting forth the terms and conditions under which the Board of Trustees will operate the charter school. The applicant founding group/prospective Board of Trustees also understands that this charter school application serves as the first component of an application for a federal Charter Schools Program (CSP) Planning and Implementation Grant. We understand that if the charter application is approved and a charter is issued by the Board of Regents, the school is qualified to receive a CSP grant, pending available funding and final approval of additional materials – including budget materials - by NYSED and by the New York State Office of the Comptroller. We agree to complete all required budget information and assurances according to forthcoming instructions and a revised timeframe to be issued by NYSED.

I hereby certify that the information submitted in this application is true to the best of my knowledge and belief; and further I understand that, if awarded a charter, the proposed school shall be open to all students on a space available basis, and shall not discriminate or limit the admission of any student on any unlawful basis, including on the basis of ethnicity, race, creed, national origin or ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, disability, intellectual ability, measures of achievement or aptitude, athletic ability, age, religion, proficiency in the English language or a foreign language, or academic achievement. I understand that the Charter Schools Act allows, to the extent consistent with Federal law, “the establishment of a single-sex charter school or a charter school designed to provide expanded learning opportunities for students at-risk of academic failure or students with disabilities and English language learners.”3

The applicant(s) also make(s) the following assurances pursuant to Section 5203(b)(3) of Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the Consolidated Appropriations Act, which will be incorporated into, and made a part of, the Charter School’s charter, if granted, and be binding on the Charter School itself:


  • An assurance that the charter school will annually provide the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education and the State Education Department such information as may be required to determine if the charter school is making satisfactory progress toward achieving the objectives described in this application 4

  • An assurance that the charter school will cooperate with the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education and the State Education Department in evaluating the program assisted under this subpart;5 and,

  • That the charter school will provide such other information and assurances as the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education and the State Education Department may require.6

Signature of Applicants:




Date:

July 12, 2012

Print/Type Name:

Dr. Lotus King Weiss


A Proposal for

The Whole Elephant Charter School at Flushing

Dr. Lotus King Weiss

Submitted to New York State Department of Education Charter School Office on July 31, 2012

Table of Contents
I. MISSION, DESIGN, ENROLLMENT, COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND IMPACT…………………………………………………………………'>…………………………………………………………………………………7
A. Mission Statement and Objectives ……………………………………………………7

B. Key Design Elements …………………………………………………………………8

C. Enrollment, Recruitment, and Retention …………………………………………….18

D. Community to be Served …………………………………………………………….30

E. Public Outreach ………………………………………………………………………31

F. Programmatic and Fiscal Impact ……………………………………………………..32


II. EDUCATIONAL PLAN …………………………………………………………...34
A. Achievement Goals ………………………………………………………………..'>…………………………………………………………………..34

B. School Schedule and Calendar ……………………………………………………….42

C. Curriculum and Instruction …………………………………………………………. 46

D. Assessment System …………………………………………………………………..46

E. Performance, Promotion, and Graduation Standards ………………………………...46

F. School Culture and Climate …………………………………………………………..46

G. Special Student Populations and Related Services …………………………………..47
III. ORGANIZATIONAL AND FISCAL PLAN……………………………………..48

A. Applicant(s)/Founding Group Capacity………………………………………………48

B. Board of Trustees and Governance …………………………………………………. 50

C. Management and Staffing ……………………………………………………………53

C.1. Charter Management Organization ………………………………………………...53

C.2. Partner Organization ……………………………………………………………….53

D. Evaluation ……………………………………………………………………………54

E. Professional Development …………………………………………………………....55

F. Facilities ………………………………………………………………………………58

G. Insurance ……………………………………………………………………………..58

H. Health, Food, and Transportation Services …………………………………………..59

I. Family and Community Involvement …………………………………………………59

J. Financial Management ………………………………………………………………..60

K. Budget and Cash Flow ……………………………………………………………….60

L. Pre-Opening Plan ……………………………………………………………………..60


M. Dissolution Plan……………………………………………………………………...60


Attachments
Attachment 1: Admissions Policies and Procedures
Attachment 2: Samples of Evidence of Community Outreach
Attachment 3a: Sample Daily Schedules
Attachment 3b: First Year Calendar
Attachment 4: Student Discipline Policy
Attachment 5a: Charter School Trustee Background Information
Attachment 5b: By-Laws
Attachment 5c: Code of Ethics
Attachment 6a: CMO Information (not applicable)
Attachment 6b: Proposed Management Contract with CMO (not applicable)
Attachment 7: Partnership Information (not applicable)
Attachment 8a: Hiring and Personnel Policies and Procedures
Attachment 8b: Resume for Proposed School Leader (not applicable)
Attachment 9: Budget and Cash Flow Template
Attachment 10: Replication Strategic/Business Growth Plan (not applicable)
I. MISSION, KEY DESIGN ELEMENTS, ENROLLMENT, AND COMMUNITY




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