Mission Statement | Goals

Mission Statement

The mission of VOICE Charter School of NY is to create a safe and healthy learning environment that will nurture, motivate, and challenge all of our children to achieve the highest level of academic excellence and to develop into mindful, responsible, contributing participants in their education, their community, and the diverse society in which we live.

Our program of performance-based instruction in choral singing will guide students through the development of creative and critical thinking and learning skills that they will learn to apply to daily living and the core academic subject areas.

Academically rigorous, our standards-driven curriculum will be informed by research-based methods that are differentiated according to the individual needs of each child in our school.

We commit to guiding all of our students toward the acquisition of those skills and qualities necessary so that they will be in a position to choose which competitive high school and college they wish to attend and so that they learn to become successful, lifelong learners.

Goals

The overarching goal of VOICE Charter School of NY, as articulated in the mission statement, is to ensure that: "...they will be in a position to choose which competitive high school and college they wish to attend and that they learn to become successful, lifelong learners.”

Goal 1: To ensure that all students achieve high levels of literacy.

Goal 2: To ensure that all students achieve high levels of numeracy.

Goal 3: To ensure that all students become highly literate in reading and writing musical notation and
that they reach high levels of musical performance.

Goal 4: To ensure that teachers work collaboratively to adapt highly effective and research based
teaching methods to the individualized needs of their students.

Goal 5: To promote scientific, historical, and cultural literacy for all students across all grades.

Goal 6: To ensure that parents are partners in the education of their children to support student
achievement.

Academic philosophy

At the core of our academic culture is the idea that virtually all students are capable of doing well in any school subject. This concept, known as efficacy, does away with the destructive and incorrect idea that some students are simply "gifted" while others are not.

"Education is not filling a bucket, but lighting a fire." - WB Yeats

For example, if a student has difficulty with addition and subtraction, it is not enough to simply say that student is, "not a math person." It is the responsibility of the teacher and the school to find a better way to help the student understand addition and subtraction. Our unique, collaborative teaching model ensures all children get the attention they need.

At VOICE Charter School, we emphasize group learning so that by the time students are ready to go to college they understand the all-important concept of teamwork. We lead by example. Our teachers, administrators, parents and volunteers operate as part of a professional learning community that promotes collegiality and shared work. New ideas are encouraged as members of this community work every day to refine VOICE Charter Schools cutting-edge curriculum. At VOICE Charter School, all students will learn.

Music and the arts
We believe participating in music and the arts makes life richer and helps children with their traditional academics. Music and art help develop problem solving and critical thinking skills and open children's imagination. Students at VOICE Charter School participate in daily art activities and rigorous daily choral training. Our experience has shown that all children are capable of participating in, and learning from, choral training. At VOICE Charter School, all students will sing.