Education at Bicycle City

Facts and Statistics

  • $489.4 billion was projected to be spent by public elementary and secondary schools throughout the 2007-2008 school year. (National Center for Education Statistics)
  • 49.6 million students were enrolled in US elementary and secondary public schools in the 2007-2008 school year. (National Center for Education Statistics)
  • 6.1 million students attended more than 28,000 private schools and were taught by more than 464,000 teachers during the 2007-2008 school year. (National Center for Education Statistics)
  • 69% of graduating seniors enrolled in two- or four-year college programs immediately following high school in 2005, compared to just 49% in 1972. (National Center for Education Statistics)
  • During the 2003-2004 school year, 1.1 million students (2%) were homeschooled. (National Center for Education Statistics)
  • During the 2004-2005 school year, almost 900,000 students attended 3,300 charter schools. (National Center for Education Statistics)
  • In the last ten years, the number of Waldorf Schools has more than doubled in North America. (Research Institute for Waldorf Education)
  • There were more than 18 million college students attending classes in the 2007-2008 school year. (National Center for Education Statistics)
  • There were more than 97,000 public schools in the 2005-2006 school year with more than 3.2 million teachers. (National Center for Education Statistics)

Bicycle City Education - classroom
Bicycle City plans to offer top education centers for students of all ages. Our goal is to foster a supportive, enriching learning environment. We hope to hire the best teachers and have small, effective classes. In the beginning, it is likely that Bicycle City’s students will attend school in the neighboring communities, but as we grow, we hope to have our own schools for pre-K through the college level.

We plan to design our schools to meet, if not exceed, the highest standards for environmental-friendliness, health, safety and of course, education. We hope to include in our schools:

  • LEED certification
  • Curved corners to maximize traffic flow and student safety
  • Filtered water for optimum health
  • Highest standards for indoor air quality, including efficient ventilation systems, screened windows and retractable doors
  • Toxin-free paints and cleaning agents
  • Organic lunches
  • Recycled building materials
  • Native plants and indoor water fountains
  • Innovative, technological teaching tools

Recently, US News and World Report published a list of the top high schools in the nation. The top 10 include:

  • Thomas Jefferson High School, Alexandria, Virginia
  • Pacific Collegiate Charter, Santa Cruz, California
  • International Baccalaureate Program, Bartow, Florida
  • Oxford Academy, Cypress, California
  • International School, Bellevue, Washington
  • Pine View School for Gifted, Osprey, Florida
  • High Technology High School, Lincroft, New Jersey
  • Design & Architectural Senior High, Miami, Florida
  • Stanton College Preparatory, Jacksonville, Florida
  • Preuss School, La Jolla, California

Elementary and middle schools also receive accolades for high achievement. The 2007 Blue Ribbon winners include:

  • Doby's Mill Elementary School, Lugoff, South Carolina
  • Epiphany Cathedral School, Venice, Florida
  • Hanahan Elementary School, Hanahan, South Carolina
  • Hanahan Middle School, Hanahan, South Carolina
  • Joshua Eaton Elementary School, Reading, Massachusetts
  • Newington Elementary School, Summerville, South Carolina
  • North Crowley Ninth Grade, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Orangeburg Consolidated School District Five Technology Center, Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • Prairieview Elementary School, Hainesville, Illinois
  • R.H. Rollings Middle School of the Arts, Summerville, South Carolina
  • Townville Elementary School, Townville, South Carolina
  • Walter S. Parker Middle School, Reading, Massachusetts
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