Connecting Waters Charter School
Accredited by the Western Association of Schools
Connecting Waters Charter School (CWCS)
12420 Bentley Street
Waterford, CA 95386Sherri Nelson, Director
CWCS main phone number: (800) 808-9895
CWCS fax number: (209) 874-9531
THE WATERFORD UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Established in 2002 as the 477th charter school in
Charter was granted by the Waterford Unified School
District; Frank Cranley, Superintendent.
The Connecting Waters Charter School Director is Sherri
Currently serving K-12th grades students who reside
in Alameda, Calaveras, Mariposa, Merced, San Joaquin,
Santa Clara, Stanislaus, and Tuolumne counties.
Empower a community of parents, students, and teachers
to create learning opportunities which will develop
accountable, responsible, and contributing members
of society who are independent, life-long learners.
Assisting students and parents with educational
Individualizing curriculum to meet student's needs
Providing materials, resources and supportive
Allowing flexibility in both teaching styles and
Promoting real-life context-based learning
Challenging students to achieve mastery of academic
CWCS identifies an educated person in the twenty-first
century to mean a person who is literate, can understand
and function sufficiently in the world around him or
her, has an overview of the history of mankind, has
an understanding of United States political processes,
has an ability to solve mathematical problems and to
think scientifically, and has the values necessary
to enhance the world in which he or she lives. This
person is one who has realized his or her own unique
educational interests, talents, or abilities, whether
it is in the arts, sciences, or other areas. It is
the goal of this charter school to help students become
educated individuals who are intrinsically motivated
to learn, and who have diverse yet well-developed interests.
Connecting Waters Charter School's parents, students,
and certificated Education Specialists believe that
the best learning occurs when:
·Each curriculum is tailored to an individual
student's learning styles.
·One-to-one teaching is used as appropriate.
·Real life context-based learning is
·There is supplemental enrichment through
classroom instruction, independent learning, field
trips, apprenticeships, and appropriate uses of technology,
·Schooling is viewed as one aspect of
·The entire community serves as the school
·Interesting, worthwhile learning opportunities
are provided that will stimulate the interests of each
·CWC students will perform and achieve
better than their previous year's state assessment
scores when available.
·Students will be intrinsically motivated.
·Students will achieve competency in
basic academic skills.
·Curricula and materials shall adhere
to the California State Frameworks and Content Standards
in accordance with the California Public Schools Accountability
·Students will demonstrate proficiency
in STAR-specific assessments.
Opportunities will be provided for students to explore
their potential in the performing and living arts and
in the appropriate use of technology. Students will
recognize and use their strongest skills and abilities
and improve in areas where they are weak. CWC will
operate on the understanding that all students have
different learning styles, abilities and background
experiences. As important as “what” students learn
is “how” they learn. The former may be viewed as the
end goal of education while the latter is the road
leading to it. CWC will support learning and assessment
modalities based on current research that identifies
best practices regarding how students learn.