About Kestrel 2017-07-21T13:22:40+00:00
About Kestrel Heights Charter School

WELCOME

TO KESTREL HEIGHTS CHARTER SCHOOL

Kestrel Heights School, located near the Research Triangle Park in Durham, is a public charter school established in 1998. Beginning in Fall 2017, the school will focus exclusively on elementary and middle school students with approximately 600 students in Kindergarten through 8th Grade.

The Kestrel Heights team believes that all children can succeed. We provide a diverse and welcoming environment where academics are emphasized, creativity is celebrated, and children are encouraged to excel.

By fostering a community with high expectations, modeling characteristics of responsible citizenship, and focusing on the development of the whole person, we aim to nurture lifelong learners.

ENJOY YOUR SUMMER!

It’s hard to believe that our school year has come to an end. The entire staff at Kestrel Heights has enjoyed the privilege of teaching your children. It is such a joy to watch the students grow and mature as the school year progresses. I hope you and your family have an amazing summer. We are so blessed to have an amazing community of students and families who support our school and we look forward to seeing you next year.

LOOKING AHEAD TO NEXT YEAR…

As you begin your summer break, our team is already beginning to get ready for the 2017-18 school year. We are focused on “ACE,” our plan to enhance our school’s Academics, Culture and Enrichment opportunities. That includes our new partnership with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, a nationally recognized leader in education. They will provide an enhanced, integrated curriculum for K-8 students that will be introduced in the fall.

HELP KHS SOAR – AND YOU CAN WIN A $100 GIFT CARD

We currently have limited spaces available for next year and are actively recruiting new students. We hope you will encourage friends and neighbors to consider sending their children to Kestrel Heights.

The SOAR program (Supporting Our Active Recruitment) rewards families who help attract new students to Kestrel Heights. Each time you recommend our school to a family that enrolls a student next year, you will be entered to win one of three $100 Amazon gift cards. These cards will be awarded during the first week of school.

You can enter multiple times based on the number of enrolled students you invite to KHS. Spread the word about the great opportunities at Kestrel Heights – through Facebook and social media, by talking to families at church or youth sporting events, etc.

We want KHS to SOAR next year and I know we can with your help. Thank you for your continued support!

Note: If you have a friend who enrolls at KHS, they should inform Ms. Vargas that they were referred by you and you will be entered into the drawing. The winners will be announced at the start of next school year and will be featured on our website. If you have already referred someone, please let Ms. Vargas know so we can get you entered into the drawing.

THE PAIDEIA PHILOSOPHY

Kestrel Heights School believes in the Paideia principles of teaching. A Paideia school is a community of students, teachers, and parents who are committed to creating and sustaining an educational environment that fosters lifelong learning and creating knowledgeable, concerned, and responsible citizens.

PAIDEIA comes from the ancient Greek words pais, paidos and means the upbringing of a child

Principles of a Paideia Education
  • That all children can learn.
  • That, therefore, they all deserve the same quality of schooling, not just the same quantity.
  • That the quality of schooling to which they are entitled is what the wisest parents would wish for their own children, the best education for the best being the best education for all.
  • That schooling at its best is preparation for becoming generally educated in the course of a whole lifetime, and that schools should be judged on how well they provide such preparation.
  • That the three callings for which schooling should prepare all Americans are:
    1. To earn a decent livelihood
    2. To be a good citizen of the nation and world
    3. To make a good life for one’s self
  • That the primary cause of genuine learning is the activity of the learner’s own mind, sometimes with the help of a teacher functioning as a secondary and cooperative cause.

You can read more about Paideia by visiting The Paideia Center.

WELCOME

TO KESTREL HEIGHTS CHARTER SCHOOL

Kestrel Heights School, located near the Research Triangle Park in Durham, is a public charter school established in 1998. Beginning in Fall 2017, the school will focus exclusively on elementary and middle school students with approximately 600 students in Kindergarten through 8th Grade.

The Kestrel Heights team believes that all children can succeed. We provide a diverse and welcoming environment where academics are emphasized, creativity is celebrated, and children are encouraged to excel.

By fostering a community with high expectations, modeling characteristics of responsible citizenship, and focusing on the development of the whole person, we aim to nurture lifelong learners.

ENJOY YOUR SUMMER!

It’s hard to believe that our school year has come to an end. The entire staff at Kestrel Heights has enjoyed the privilege of teaching your children. It is such a joy to watch the students grow and mature as the school year progresses. I hope you and your family have an amazing summer. We are so blessed to have an amazing community of students and families who support our school and we look forward to seeing you next year.

LOOKING AHEAD TO NEXT YEAR…

As you begin your summer break, our team is already beginning to get ready for the 2017-18 school year. We are focused on “ACE,” our plan to enhance our school’s Academics, Culture and Enrichment opportunities. That includes our new partnership with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, a nationally recognized leader in education. They will provide an enhanced, integrated curriculum for K-8 students that will be introduced in the fall.

HELP KHS SOAR – AND YOU CAN WIN A $100 GIFT CARD

We currently have limited spaces available for next year and are actively recruiting new students. We hope you will encourage friends and neighbors to consider sending their children to Kestrel Heights.

The SOAR program (Supporting Our Active Recruitment) rewards families who help attract new students to Kestrel Heights. Each time you recommend our school to a family that enrolls a student next year, you will be entered to win one of three $100 Amazon gift cards. These cards will be awarded during the first week of school.

You can enter multiple times based on the number of enrolled students you invite to KHS. Spread the word about the great opportunities at Kestrel Heights – through Facebook and social media, by talking to families at church or youth sporting events, etc.

We want KHS to SOAR next year and I know we can with your help. Thank you for your continued support!

Note: If you have a friend who enrolls at KHS, they should inform Ms. Vargas that they were referred by you and you will be entered into the drawing. The winners will be announced at the start of next school year and will be featured on our website. If you have already referred someone, please let Ms. Vargas know so we can get you entered into the drawing.

THE PAIDEIA PHILOSOPHY

Kestrel Heights School believes in the Paideia principles of teaching. A Paideia school is a community of students, teachers, and parents who are committed to creating and sustaining an educational environment that fosters lifelong learning and creating knowledgeable, concerned, and responsible citizens.

PAIDEIA comes from the ancient Greek words pais, paidos and means the upbringing of a child

Principles of a Paideia Education
  • That all children can learn.
  • That, therefore, they all deserve the same quality of schooling, not just the same quantity.
  • That the quality of schooling to which they are entitled is what the wisest parents would wish for their own children, the best education for the best being the best education for all.
  • That schooling at its best is preparation for becoming generally educated in the course of a whole lifetime, and that schools should be judged on how well they provide such preparation.
  • That the three callings for which schooling should prepare all Americans are:
    1. To earn a decent livelihood
    2. To be a good citizen of the nation and world
    3. To make a good life for one’s self
  • That the primary cause of genuine learning is the activity of the learner’s own mind, sometimes with the help of a teacher functioning as a secondary and cooperative cause.

You can read more about Paideia by visiting The Paideia Center.

Life is a learning process; learning is a life-long process. You can’t separate the two.
Vivienne Forrester