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D'Arbonne Woods Charter School

DWCS is a Type II charter in northeast Louisiana that provides a researched based curriculum delivery to meet the needs of its students.

D’Arbonne Woods Charter School (DWCS) is a Type II charter in rural northeast Louisiana that provides a researched based curriculum delivery to meet the unique needs of its students. Chartered in 2008, D’Arbonne Woods mission and educational focus is centered on improving the quality of public education in Union Parish, one child at a time. Our students not only need the knowledge and skills to succeed in college, but also a strong support system where parents are involved and invested, which in turn will benefit our community’s future. The goal at DWCS is to develop students who are innovators, problem solvers, effective collaborators and communicators, critical thinkers, and self-directed learners.

According to the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools, overall LEAP test results for 2013 ranked DWCS highly among the state’s growing list of charter school. As we grow, we strive to provide state of the art labs, rigorous curricula, and meaningful lessons organized around science, technology, engineering, math, and the arts. DWCS is partnered with several universities, companies, and organizations to effectively support a rigorous, college preparatory curriculum for all students at our school. We are supported not only by our administration, teachers, and paraprofessionals, but also by these partner organizations, our community members, and family stakeholders throughout Union Parish and Northeast Louisiana.

DWCS is recognized as a Louisiana Top Gains School with a B letter grade for academic performance. We currently have 100% certified and highly qualified teachers at our school. Paraprofessionals are provided at all grade levels to assist with response to intervention, small groups, enrichment, and to enhance the student-learning environment. High school students are issued iPads to use throughout the year in order to enhance daily lessons. In the summer of 2013, DWCS was awarded a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant for 1.9 million dollars for 3 years to implement STEM learning across all grade levels. Partners for our grant include Lego Education, VEX Robotics(Baton Rouge), NICERC (Bossier), Audubon Nature Institute(New Orleans), Louisiana Tech, and University of Louisiana at Monroe. Other high school classes that are/will be offered through the grant include Marine Biology (only program in North Louisiana) and Cyber Literacy (Pilot program through NICERC).

DWCS offers a Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) and has a college-preparatory state approved curriculum. Computer classes publish a monthly school newsletter, “The Howl”, to keep the learning community informed. Enrichment activities currently offered at DWCS are 4-H club, Beta club, Math club, cheerleading, track, cross-country, baseball, softball (fall and spring), basketball, football, and weight training. Students also have opportunities to enhance their education through organized state and national field trips. Previously DWCS students have visited Baton Rouge; New Orleans; Williamsburg, VA; Washington, D.C.; and New York, NY.

Over the past five years, the enrollment at DWCS has increased significantly. We are currently adding one grade each year, making DWCS K through 11th grade for the 2014-2015 school year. Each year in January, we begin an open enrollment period and student applications are posted on our school website for students in applying. A lottery is held at the end of the enrollment period and students drawn are contacted by mail. D’Arbonne Wood Charter School has shown academic progress with all students and we aim to become not only a highly academic achieving school, but also a school that – via its academic program – produces future adults in highly paid, highly productive occupations.

On March 24, 2014, our board approved a contract for construction of our new facility located at the intersection of Hwy. 33 and Hwy. 15, near Lake D’Arbonne. Don M. Barron Construction won with a bid of $16,780,000 and an estimated timeline of 16-18 months. Renderings of the facilities are available on our school website (www.darbonnewoods.com). We anxiously await the upcoming construction of our new school, and are very excited about what the future holds for our students.

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