Authorizer: The Novato Charter School is authorized by the Novato Unified School District. The authorizer is accountable for managing and monitoring the Charter School’s organizational viability, while also ensuring that it is in compliance with all applicable laws. The Novato Unified School District provides the Special Education program for Novato Charter School students who qualify for services.
Alliance for Public Waldorf Education: This is the national organization that promotes and supports the development of high-quality Public Waldorf Education. It established the Core Principles of Public Waldorf Education that guide the work done in each member school. The Novato Charter School is a member in good standing of the Alliance for Public Waldorf Education.
NCS Governing Body: The NCS Board of Directors is comprised of five members who form the exclusive governing body of the Charter School. They are dedicated to our mission, vision, and core principles, and to ensuring the ongoing educational success and fiscal responsibility of the school. Board members are voted in by the community and serve a term of three years. Elections are held in the spring when vacancies occur. The Board delegates operation of the school to the NCS Administration.
The NCS Foundation: The Novato Charter School Foundation is a 501(c)3 public benefit, non-profit organization operated exclusively for the benefit of Novato Charter School. The Foundation was created to more effectively pursue existing fundraising opportunities as well as to approach new funding sources. The Foundation supports all NCS fundraising efforts including the annual parent pledge campaign, the Enchanted Garden auction, Grandparents’ Day, corporate solicitations, grants, events, foundation grants, facility pledge campaigns, and individual solicitations.
NCS Administration Team: The administration adheres to the School’s Core Values and is guided by the Alliance for Public Waldorf Education’s Core Principles in the daily execution of the School’s Mission.
The School Director is responsible for the day to day operations necessary to run the educational program. The Director supports the teaching faculty in developing and delivering curriculum and in supporting students needs.
The Operations Manager manages all business aspects of running the school including compliance, emergency preparedness, facilities and enrollment. The Operations Manager works closely with the School Director, the Board of Directors and parent volunteers to ensure the school is operating smoothly in order to provide a safe and secure learning environment for the students.
The Chief Financial Officer manages budget development and monitoring and handles all budget reporting responsibilities.
The Office Manager supports the School Director and Operations Manager in ensuring that daily compliance (i.e., attendance), student record keeping and student safety are in place.
The Bookkeeper handles all accounts payable and receivable and interacts with the school’s authorizer (Novato Unified School District), which handles payroll and benefits.
The Faculty is responsible for the delivery of the educational program and works collaboratively with the Director in developing, evaluating, and implementing school procedures, plans, and programs.
The Class Teacher is responsible for the education of each child in his/her class in multiple subject areas.
The Specialty Teacher is responsible for the education of each child in his/her class in their specific specialty (Spanish, Movement, Handwork, Music, Math).
Parent Committees (Festival, Facilities, Elves by Night, Garden, Parent Advisory, Parent Education) provide the necessary support for the School and Faculty to offer a full, rich program.
The Round Table Forum provides a quarterly opportunity for parent committees to communicate updates and needs from individual working groups.