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Frequently Asked Questions (and their answers!)

What is a charter school?

A charter school is a tuition-free public school.  Charter schools are self-managed, and while they are approved by the PA Dept. of Education and/or a local school district, they operate independently.  They are choice schools, meaning that students and parents can elect to enroll in a charter as opposed to the traditional district school.


Who can attend a charter school?

Any student who is a resident of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is eligible for enrollment.  To learn more about enrollment at Howard Gardner MI Charter School, please visit our Admissions page.


Is there any cost to attend Howard Gardner MI Charter School?

No.  Howard Gardner MI Charter School is a public school and is entirely tuition-free (with the exception of some of our preschool programs).  Like any other public school, we receive our funding from the state, via a student’s home school district.


How does busing/transportation work at Howard Gardner?

PA state law requires districts to provide transportation when students either reside within the host district(s) and/or when the charter school is not more than 10 miles via the nearest public highway beyond the district boundary.  For students who do not meet either criteria, transportation is not provided and becomes the responsibility of the parent and/or guardian.


What grades/ages does Howard Gardner MI Charter School serve?

We offer enrollment to students in Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade.  Pre-Kindergarten students must be 3 years old prior to the start of school; Kindergarten students must be 5 years old prior to September 01 of the school year.  Grade placement is determined by both a student’s age and academic abilities.


Are students screened before being admitted to the school?

No screening test is administered. Most of our students are “regular kids” who do extraordinary things in school.


Where do Howard Gardner graduates go on to high school?

Following graduation, our students return to their home district for high school.  However, many of our students consider private schools such as Scranton Preparatory School and Bishop O’Hara High School.


Does Howard Gardner MI Charter School utilize standardized testing?

Each fall our students in grades 3, 5, and 7 take the Terra Nova tests. Our scores are above average in almost every category and our students do particularly well in science, language, and social studies.  As a public charter school, HGMICS students in grades 3-8 also participate in the yearly state-administered PSSA exams and the CDT assessments.


Do your teachers ever “teach to the test?”

No class time is ever spent teaching to a specific standardized test. We trust our curriculum to meet or exceed standards. In fact, we use our test results to help us refine our curriculum.


Who is Howard Gardner and what are the Multiple Intelligences?

Howard Gardner is a Scranton native and a Professor of Cognition and Education at Harvard. In 2005 he was selected by Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines as one of 100 most influential public intellectuals in the world. His groundbreaking MI theory of intelligences has identified 9 distinctive intelligences including: Verbal-Linguistic, Mathematical-Logical, Musical, Visual-Spatial, Bodily-Kinesthetic, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, Naturalist, and Existential.


Does Dr. Gardner have knowledge of and a relationship with Howard Gardner MI Charter School?

Yes! Dr. Gardner approved of his name being used for our predecessor school, the Howard Gardner School for Discovery.  At that time he met with our faculty, during a presentation at the National Association of Laboratory Schools National Conference in 2006. He also appeared via satellite transmission for the 2006 NALS Symposium hosted by the school as our Keynote Speaker.


Have additional questions? Contact us – we will be happy to answer any questions you may have about our school!