Engage students in STREAM disciplines that will prepare future leaders who are innovative, persistent, and self-determined.
Old Main STREAM Academy (OMSA) is a proposed charter school in Robeson County, and school board members are working to attain charter school status in the coming months. This is an exciting opportunity for our students in Robeson County, and we are thrilled about the possibility of serving our parents and students. Since charter schools are a relatively new phenomenon in education, there are some misconceptions about their operations. Charter schools, like traditional schools, are free; charters may not discriminate against any student. Both types of schools receive state funding. Charter schools are independently run, and they must meet standards, including accountability measures they placed in their charter in order to secure funding to operate. In essence, charter schools are mandated to sustain just as rigorous, if not more rigorous, standards than public schools.
At the heart of our proposed school is a richly embedded curriculum that highlights the unique learning capabilities of our Robeson County students. Anchoring all of our learning is STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics). Our emphasis on critical thinking, as well as creativity, establishes an inviting learning atmosphere for all students. Of course, we are not abandoning state requirements, and the North Carolina Standard Course of Study, as well as College and Career Readiness standards, will be embedded in our curriculum to ensure that our students are prepared for their future. Finally, we are infusing all learning with Place-based Instruction. Students will learn core disciplines through the unique richness of our community. How amazing will it be for our students to collect samples from the Lumber River to learn a science concept? What about learning about history from a local historian? The possibilities are endless, and we can’t wait for Robeson County students to truly learn from their surroundings!