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Why do the students wear uniforms?

PODER uniforms serve to promote the following goals...

  • Unite PODER as a community
  • Reduce distractions and clothing competition
  • Promote equality
  • Cost effective for parents

Why are students dismissed at 5:00pm, almost two hours later than most schools?

The extra school hours serve to provide a structured environment for students between the hours of 3:00pm to 5:00pm, which is a common window of unsupervised time for kids with working parents. Furthermore, the extended day is roughly two hours longer than the average public school, which equates to an extra month over the course of an academic year.

Why are students offered daily lessons in tennis and chess?

PODER is one of the only chess and tennis academies of its kind in the entire nation. Research has shown that both activities have a strong correlation to academic success and promote healthy lifestyles well into adulthood. The school maintains a belief that specialization is the key to success, and the goal is to strengthen the self-reliance and focus needed for success in college, as well as to produce some of the best competitors in the state. At a minimum, students will develop the foundation needed to succeed in other activities, but those who decide to stick with tennis and chess will have the potential to earn college scholarships, and potentially move into professional careers.

Does the school follow Common Core?

Common Core is frequently misperceived and one of the more common questions. In June 2012, the Wyoming State Legislature voted to adopt the Common Core State Standards as its standards in English/Language Arts and Math. Therefore, all schools in Wyoming are mandated to meet these standards. It is then left to each individual school to decide how to meet those standards, and what curriculum and model is best for their students.

Does the school offer Special Education Services? English Language Learner Services?

In order to facilitate students with special needs, the school works closely with District Special Education specialists (SPED) to structure individualized behavior plans designed around the student’s needs. The Individualized Education Program (IEP) team, composed of a member of the Administrative team, the student’s teacher, and District Special Education personnel, will take the lead on disciplinary measures concerning students under their supervision, and develop behavior intervention plans when necessary in accordance with the student’s IEP. The school also works with the District to provide services and support for ELL students.

Is there a fee to enroll at the school?

There is no enrollment fee at PODER Academy.

Are the teachers and staff certified at PODER?

It is a requirement of the school that each employee has the required certifications and/or licensure as stipulated by the Wyoming Professional Teaching and Standards Board. These are the same requirements applied to all Wyoming public schools.

Do I speak to the Laramie County School Board when I have a concern or complaint about PODER Academy?

PODER Academy is a charter school with independent operating authority, and PODER employees are not considered employees of the Laramie 1 School District. Therefore, the school has adopted a Grievance Policy designed to facilitate parent and community concerns in an efficient and judicious manner. 

Parent and community members are encouraged to resolve their concerns directly with teachers and staff whenever possible, but will also have the opportunity to appeal to the Administrative team if necessary. If the issue is still not resolved, parent or community members can submit their concern to the PODER Board of Trustees at least one week prior to the next Board meeting. All Board meetings are public, and dates are posted on this website.