It’s been a busy summer at HighMark Charter School in South Weber, Utah. Volunteers from the community in north Davis County have spent hours unloading, assembling and moving furniture into classrooms, making sure no detail is overlooked for the school’s inaugural year.
“It has been great to see the support from the community even before the year starts,” said Kent Fuller, principal at HighMark.
The charter, which was approved in 2010, will open for classes Aug. 27. It will welcome students in grades K-8 this fall. Next year, it will add ninth grade.
The school was designed to reach more junior high school students than those in elementary because of the greater need in the area, according to founders of the charter.
Fuller said the school’s vision is to provide a well-rounded education in four business focus areas: sales and marketing, management and leadership, finance and economy, and entrepreneurship.
“We do not see ourselves as a business school, one where lots of business classes are taught, but rather a school with a business culture and emphasis,” he added.
The charter like all other public schools in the state will follow the Utah Core Standards and weave business into daily instruction. Fuller said business affects all aspect of the world today and “it is important for students to understand the relationship that business has on any occupation.”
Along with its focus in business, HighMark will integrate technology instruction setting up classrooms with iPads, netbooks, and educational apps that will be projected to students on large-screen TVs.
Teachers and staff moved in to their spaces on Tuesday. In the next several days, they will do curriculum and technology training. “We have a great staff with a great mix of new and experienced teachers,” Fuller said. “My goal is to have a very collaborative team of teachers and a very positive culture for all at the school.”