A Word From Mrs. Hirschman-Head of PCS Elementary School
Welcome to the Premier Charter School family! The
elementary team is truly honored to have the opportunity to become
part of your lives.
As adults we remember our first school experiences - the first
day of Kindergarten, our best friends, learning to share, learning
to read and multiply. We remember those special projects,
musicals and field experiences.
At Premier Charter School, we recognize the importance of those
firsts. We recognize the foundation that those first school
experiences provide for our students as well as the role that
family and community play in that journey. As the first
charter school in St. Louis, we are proud of our history and
tradition, rooted deep in the city and the diversity that truly
mirrors our great city. We thrive on our community of
families, students and staff and the commitment of all involved to
provide an exceptional foundation of firsts.
Our students receive their foundation at PCS with a strong
balance of character education integrated with academic
rigor. Kindergarten through 5th grade students
participate in classroom meetings, learn the art of discussion and
connect it to their learning. They learn to see the purpose
behind their schoolwork and the value of accountability.
Student expectations are set high from K-5. Respect,
responsibility and caring are the three core ethical values your
child lives out each day and is reflected from classroom lessons
all the way down to our quiet signal in the hallway. Student
voice is a part of our daily function. Students and teachers
assist with morning announcements, 5th graders raise our
flags. Student council elections are run by students and
incorporate representatives from 1st - 5th
Academic expectations are set high. Each grade level has
specific levels of performance students need to attain. Your
child's teacher will help set specific goals related to their
personal achievement. As an elementary school we are working
with students on communicating their thinking and building upon
each other's conversations. As you're asking about your
child's day, you'll most likely get a, "Fine." Have your
child elaborate by asking questions that don't involve a
yes/no response. "Why do you think that?" "I agree with
you because . . . " This helps students become responsible
for their own learning.
Please know that you are welcome at PCS! You can get
involved in the life of our school in many ways--volunteering,
participating in one of our fun family activities or joining in the
Parent Community Group. However you choose to join in, I'd
like to personally welcome each of you to PCS and wish you a happy
year of firsts!