Questions and Answers
* What is Agamim Classical Academy?
The Agamim Classical Academy is a tuition-free public charter school. It will be an academically rigorous option for all families. In addition to meeting all state curriculum standards, Agamim will have an enriched curriculum that includes daily Hebrew language instruction and the study of the culture and history of Israel. Agamim intends to add a grade each year until it reaches grades K-8.
* What does the word "Agamim" mean?
Agamim is the Hebrew word for "lakes".
* Who may attend Agamim?
Agamim is an academically rigorous option for families of all backgrounds.
* Where will Agamim be located?
Agamim intends to locate in the vicinity of Golden Valley to allow easy access from across the metro area and will provide busing to and from multiple surrounding cities.
* Why Hebrew?
Agamim carefully chose three core values Liberty, Gratitude, and E Pluribus Unum to represent its learning community. Because these essential values are shared between America and Israel, Agamim has chosen Hebrew as its language learning option.
* What is the difference between a charter school and a traditional public school?
Charter schools are public schools that are site-based managed ---- meaning that they elect their own school boards to oversee all aspects of a school's mission, goals and operations. The autonomy that charter schools enjoy creates an environment where creativity and innovation in teaching and learning flourish. In addition, charter schools often have a particular approach to education or focus for their program that differentiates them from other schools. They are usually smaller than traditional schools, offering smaller class sizes and lower student to teacher ratios – and they tend to have far greater parent participation. There are currently over 150 operating charter schools in Minnesota, where the first charter school in the nation opened 20 years ago – and there are now over 5,000 across the country.
* Are there other Hebrew language charter schools in the United States?
Yes. Hebrew language charter schools already exist in New York and New Jersey. Two additional schools have recently been approved in San Diego and Washington, D.C. Many others are in the development phase around the country.
* Will Agamim provide a Jewish education?
No. Just like all public schools, Agamim will not, and cannot, provide a religious education of any kind.