Kaleidoscope Charter School to expand through 12th grade

Kaleidoscope Charter School of Otsego has received approval by the State of Minnesota and their authorizer, Volunteers of America, to expand through 12th grade.

KCS is a tuition free, public charter school serving families in the Otsego, Elk River, Rogers, Albertville, Monticello, St. Michael, Big Lake and Zimmerman communities. KCS prides itself on offering a family community feeling for the students and families and offering small class sizes with 18 students per classroom in Kindergarten and 24 students per classroom thereafter.

In 2004, Kaleidoscope Charter School first opened its doors in Rogers to students in grades Kindergarten through eighth grade. In 2008, with increased enrollment, KCS outgrew their space and moved to their permanent facility in Otsego, MN. Construction will begin fall of 2014 to expand their existing facility and add approximately 28,000 square feet to be completed fall 2015.

Kaleidoscope continues to focus on meeting students at their abilities and offering project based learning to tap into the needs of their visual, auditory and kinesthetic learners. Kaleidoscope also has a strong focus on service learning within their community where each student completes at least 20 hours each school year.

Some of the field trips that are used to help facilitate learning outside of the classroom include the Como Zoo (grades K), Arboretum (1), Old Log Theater (grade 2), Eastman Nature Center (grade 2), Stages Theater (grade 3), Works Museum (grade 3), State Capital (grade 3), Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Walker Sculpture Garden (grade 4), Feed My Starving Children (5), Biz Town (grade 6), Deep Portage (grade 6), partnering with Hennepin County and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to participate in the RiverWatch Program (grade 7), Audubon Center of the North Woods (grade 8), and Adopt a Highway (grade 9).

For more information about Kaleidoscope Charter School visit www.kcsmn.org or call for a school tour (763) 428-1890.

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