About Par Excellence STEM Academy
Par Excellence STEM Academy is a tuition-free, public charter school located in Newark, Ohio. We offer a stimulating educational environment built on the principles of health, harmony, and service. Par provides a values-based education that strives to inspire students. We offer innovative and challenging academic programs in a nurturing and engaging environment to assist both the child and their family. This creates a successful foundation for each child’s future through our unique curriculum, innovative approaches, and commitment to our community.
At Par Excellence, you can expect students to be engaged in learning, eager & motivated, and able to flourish both academically and personally!
“Health, Harmony, & Service”
“Educating Families for Life”
To establish an academic center for excellence. To educate and inspire young people from a very early age. To be an academy offering innovative and challenging programs and initiatives to assist both child and parent.
“Our children are 40% of our population, 100% of our future.”
“Helping your child succeed every day.”
What Is a Charter Public School?
A charter public school is a school of choice designed to offer an alternative approach to education. Charter public schools are established under a charter (contract with the state), authorized by a local school district or the Ohio Department of Education. The “charter” outlines the metrics the school is required to meet including its mission, educational approach, student achievement, performance goals, and financial accountability metrics. Charter public schools are given greater flexibility in the operation of their schools but, unlike traditional public schools, they are assessed annually to determine if they are successfully meeting the requirements of their charter in order to ensure the continued operation of the school. Charter public schools are governed by a Board of Directors which is responsible for the policy and financial oversight of the school.
How Are Charter Public Schools Funded?
Charter public schools receive state and federal dollars like district schools receive, determined by Ohio Legislature. However, charter public schools do not receive any property tax, bond, or levy funding and are generally funded 75 cents on the dollar compared to public schools. As a result of this, most charter public schools fundraise to make up for the gap in funding.
State Report Card
State Report Cards are designed to give parents, communities, educators and policymakers information about the performance of districts and schools – to celebrate success and identify areas for improvement. This information identifies schools to receive intensive supports, drives local conversations on continuous improvement, and provides transparent reporting on the performance of students in foundational skills and knowledge and other important outcomes such as graduation and college and career readiness. The goal is to ensure equitable outcomes and high expectations for all of Ohio’s students. Report Cards are only one part of the story. To get a fuller picture, we encourage you to visit the school, talk to our teachers, parents and students, and review our webpage. A lot of great things are happening every day at Par Excellence STEM Academy!