Now Enrolling K4, K5, 1st and 2nd Grade

Charter School Campaign

The Campaign to Reduce the Achievement Gap

A Center for Academic Excellence: The La Casa de Esperanza Charter School

Dear Friend of La Casa,

In order to “build” a bright future for the students of La Casa de Esperanza Charter School, I am pleased to announce we are launching a campaign to build a state-of-the-art school to accommodate 600 students grade K-4 through 8th Grade. This case statement gives you an insight into our rationale for a facility that supports the best academic and extracurricular experience for our students.

I look forward to talking to each one of you about our plan to provide hope, help, and opportunity to the students of The La Casa de Esperanza Charter School.

Best Regards,

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Anselmo Villarreal, PhD
President and CEO

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. – Nelson Mandela


The History

Since 1966, La Casa de Esperanza has been removing barriers and providing opportunities to those who need it most. The original focus of La Casa was providing social services to the Hispanic community in Waukesha. Today, La Casa is a thriving, community-based non-profit educational and social service agency that has expanded beyond the Hispanic population. La Casa provides programs and services to meet the needs of a diverse community of youth and families of Waukesha.

The Challenge

In the early 2000’s, the La Casa de Esperanza leadership focused upon the growing achievement gap between Hispanic and economically disadvantaged students and their non-Hispanic and more affluent peers in the Waukesha School District.  While the educational achievement gap that exists in the Waukesha School District was sobering in itself, the urgency of the issue was further magnified by the fact that the demographic trends indicated the groups of students who were performing at significantly lower levels, students who are Hispanic, Black, and economically disadvantaged, were growing at levels far exceeding that of the entire population.

The Response

Create a full service, extended-day school providing year-round programming that integrated quality education, family strengths, La Casa programs, and a broad array of community service, together igniting the passion for life-long learning and personal excellence in tomorrow’s leaders.

The Result

In February, 2015, the Board of Regents, in conjunction with the UMW Office of Charter Schools, approved the establishment of the La Casa de Esperanza Charter School.

The Future

To ensure quality growth and expansion, the La Casa de Esperanza Charter School will begin with 4K and 5K classes. The plan is to add one grade each year until the school is a 4K-8th Grade School providing an exemplary education to over 600 scholars. 

The Need

A building to support the academic program, extracurricular activities, and character development of all La Casa de Esperanza Charter School students and their families.

The Building

This $10,000,000 building will be attached to the existing La Casa facility and will be built in two phases.  

  1. Phase I: the K4-5th grade building, is a 40,000 square foot building.  Groundbreaking in Fall, 2016 and opening in Fall, 2017.  
  2. Phase II: the Middle School addition, is a 20,000 square foot addition.  The goal is to break ground on Phase II in Fall, 2020 and open in Fall, 2021. 

 

A Center of Excellence: The La Casa de Esperanza Charter School

The Mission

The La Casa de Esperanza Charter School, in collaboration with families and community partners, provides learning experiences of the highest quality that significantly increase academic achievement of all students. 

The Vision

A full service, extended-day, school providing year-round programming, that integrates quality education, family strengths, La Casa de Esperanza programs, and a broad array of community resources, igniting the passion for lifelong learning, community service and personal excellence in tomorrow’s leaders.

La Casa de Esperanza Charter School Benchmarks of Success:

Campaign to Reduce the Achievement Gap: A Center for Academic Excellence The La Casa de Esperanza Charter School

 

Dedication Opportunities 

Building

$1,000,000

 

One

Main Entrance Atrium

$500,000

 

One

Library

$250,000

 

One

Academic Wing First Floor 

$250,000

 

One

Academic Wing Second Floor

$250,000

 

One

Student Commons

$100,000

 

Reserved

Science Lab

$50,000

 

One

Classrooms

$50,000

 

16 (Four Reserved)

Principal’s Office

$25,000

 

Reserved

Conference Rooms

$25,000

 

Three  (Two Reserved)

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. WHAT IS A CHARTER SCHOOL?

A. A charter school is a free, public charter school with a great deal of freedom to establish its own mission, create its own curriculum, hire its own staff, and manage its own budget. Charter schools are also subject to many of the same rules and regulations as traditional public schools, including teacher certification and standardized test score reporting. The La Casa de Esperanza Charter School is independent of the Waukesha Public School District.  

Q. WHAT IS THE ACHEVEMENT GAP?

A. The term achievement gap refers to any significant and persistent disparity in academic performance or educational attainment between different groups of students, such as white students and minorities, for example, or students from higher-income and lower-income households. The La Casa de Esperanza Charter School was created in response to the achievement gap affecting low-income and children of color in Waukesha Public Schools.

Q. HOW WILL THE LA CASA CHARTER SCHOOL NEGATE THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP?

A. The La Casa de Esperanza will have an extended school day and a mandatory six week summer academic program. Small class sizes and uniforms will contribute to the safe, secure, and caring environment. A team of extraordinary teachers and administrators will be assembled to create and maintain a culture of high expectations and a no excuses environment.  The school will continually seek out best practices for student achievement.

Q. WHAT IS A FULL SERVICE SCHOOL MODEL?

A. The La Casa de Esperanza Charter School is a full-service school that mobilizes resources both inside and outside the four walls of the school building to provide additional support for the academic and social needs of students and their families. Additional support includes: 1) an early childhood academic center, 2) before- and after-school programs, 3) additional tutoring, 4) a six week summer enrichment for all students, 5) health and wellness education, 6) nutrition, 7) counseling, 8) financial literacy, and 9) job training.  All these services are available on-site at La Casa de Esperanza. 

Q. HOW ARE STUDENTS SELECTED?

A. As a free, public, charter school, La Casa de Esperanza Charter School is non-sectarian and non-discriminatory in all its practices. It is required to take all students who want to attend. If there are more interested students than available seats, the schools will hold a lottery, which randomly determine which students will be enrolled.  Students in Waukesha and Milwaukee Counties are eligible to attend.  The great majority of our students will come from the surrounding neighborhood and Waukesha.

Q. ARE CHARTER SCHOOLS HELD ACCOUNTABLE?

A. Charter schools introduce an unprecedented level of accountability into public education. If a public charter school is not improving student achievement as laid out in its foundational charter agreement, it can be closed down. The UWM Office of Charter Schools is the authorizing agency responsible for enforcing these rules above and beyond the laws that all public schools must follow.

Q. IS THIS A BI-LINGUAL SCHOOL?

A. Academic instruction will be delivered in English to ensure that every student has proficiency in the English language. Spanish will be taught as a second language starting in First Grade.

Q. WHAT IS THE ROLE OF PARENTS AND THE BROADER COMMUNITY?

A. The successful full-service school needs meaningful family and community participation in the school. Both are seen as respected stakeholders in the education of La Casa students. Community members will be invited to serve as one-to one mentors for students.

Q. WHY DO CHARTER SCHOOLS NEED TO FUNDRAISE ADDITIONAL RESOURCES?

A. On average, charter schools receive nearly 30 percent less per pupil per year in funding than neighboring traditional public schools. Fundraising will help reduce the gap between the amount of state aid provided to the La Casa de Esperanza Charter School and the actual cost of educating a student. Additionally, the comprehensive model, which includes afterschool and summer programming, receives no state funding. Lastly, the La Casa de Esperanza Charter School will get no public funds for facilities. In response, La Casa de Esperanza, like most high-quality charters, will seek private donations to help ensure success. 

 

To learn more about the campaign, please contact Dr. Larry Pesch at lpesch@lacasadeesperanza.org or 262 832-1541.