SCHOOL OF CHOICE EDUCATION ORGANIZATION

We partner with Haitians to educate and develop Haitian youth to lead their communities, Haiti and the world.

aka l'Ecole de Choix   |   Oak Park, IL   |  http://www.schoolofchoice.org

Mission

The mission of the School of Choice is to partner with Haitians to educate and develop Haitian youth to lead their communities, Haiti and the world.

Ruling year info

2012

Executive Director

Laura Hartman

Campus Director

Ione Cassens

Main address

340 S. Kenilworth Ave., #3 c/o Kyle Vander Meulen

Oak Park, IL 60302 USA

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EIN

45-4277736

NTEE code info

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

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Program Description

The School of Choice / l’Ecole de Choix is a trilingual school established in 2011 in Mirebalais, in Haiti’s Central Plateau, with a mission to partner with Haitians to educate and develop Haitian youth to prepare them to lead their communities, Haiti and the world. Choix provides high quality, progressive elementary education to nearly 200 children of families living in extreme poverty, and also offers ongoing scholarship and after school support to its alumni as they proceed through local middle schools and onward, as they advance in their academic and vocational paths. Our educational approach emphasizes leadership development, gender neutrality, and equal opportunity, and equips Haitian youth with critical thinking skills necessary for success. Our program consistently empowers our students to make decisions concerning their own lives, so that they can develop their own voices and identities. Choix also strengthens Haiti’s current economy by paying fair wages to its 99 percent Haitian staff and by closely collaborating with our community members.
Founded in the wake of the 2010 earthquake which devastated the surrounding region, l’Ecole de Choix was built as the only rural school in Haiti specifically oriented toward developing leadership skills for Haiti’s future leaders. The Central Plateau region of Haiti historically has lacked access to high quality education, which we identified with community stakeholders as an area of pressing concern.
The three-acre campus opened in the fall of 2011 to girls and boys ages six to seventeen, consisting of an intentionally equal gender ratio. Students are taught in Creole, French and English, empowering them to pursue their education and to succeed, both within Haiti and on the global stage. Choix maintains class sizes of between 20 and 30 students, in order to prevent the overcrowding endemic to Haiti’s schools. With an assistant teacher in each Choix classroom, the teacher-student ratio is approximately 15:1. The campus consists of ten hurricane resistant buildings, including eight classrooms, a computer lab, library, nurse’s office, kitchen and dining hall, as well as a water purification system and playground, among other resources. It also features athletic facilities; and its competitive track and field team is one of the highest ranked teams in the country.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

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How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    (direct service) Youth living in the most extreme conditions of poverty in Haiti and (indirect service) their families and community.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Community meetings/Town halls, academic evaluation,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We solicited a great deal of feedback over the past year - during the pandemic - about what our community most deeply needed in terms of healthy and safety support. We learned that they very much appreciated and trusted the education that we could offer surrounding the pandemic since they did not have trusted sources available. We also learned that, while we could offer food supplies during that time, they also needed access to health and safety supplies since those were not widely available. We needed to listen to their priorities since our funds were scarce. Together with our volunteer parent committee, we devised a list of supplies that we would provide to meet their needs more effectively.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    As an example, it is important to discuss what we learn with our volunteer parent committee, and also how and why we make decisions. When we implement those decisions, it is important that they hear how we have taken into consideration the feedback they have offered so that they know how much we value that feedback, even if there may be reasons why a particular suggestion is not possible to be implemented at that time.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

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SCHOOL OF CHOICE EDUCATION ORGANIZATION

Board of directors
as of 6/14/2021
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Board chair

Kyle Vander Meulen

School of Choice Education Orgnaization

Term: 2019 -

laura hartman

School of Choice Education Organization

Georgette Jean-Louis

Central Bank of Haiti