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Namaste Charter School

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About the Board of Directors

Namaste Charter School is recruiting individuals to join its Board of Directors. The school is in its second year with a highly respected principal who will lead the community to a new period of growth and student success. This turning point presents the ideal opportunity to expand the school’s Board, an independent group that is responsible for the school’s effective governance and sustainability.

Board Responsibilities

Board members care deeply about the school’s mission and service to the community; as such, Directors commit to serving as the school’s ambassadors and advocates across Chicago and beyond.

The Directors’ core responsibilities include: promote financial sustainability by approving a responsible annual budget and feasible fundraising targets; hire and evaluate the Executive Director; ensure legal and ethical adherence to applicable laws and Chicago Public Schools requirements; and ensure the school is meeting the aims of its charter by operating strong programs with academic excellence.

Directors are expected to contribute to the school’s financial success with a personally meaningful annual gift, by purchasing tickets to the school’s annual fundraising event(s), and by actively contributing to external fundraising efforts. However, financial capacity should not prevent interested and qualified individuals from inquiring, as the school is committed to recruiting and retaining engaged Directors who contribute in diverse ways.

Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion and Representation

Namaste aims for its Directors to bring unique perspectives to the organization and as such, strives for a Board that is diverse in areas including, but not limited to, age, gender, ethnicity, race, ability, professional industry, and neighborhood.

For the 2020 onboarding cycle, Namaste actively seeks to add Directors who reflect the lived experiences of its student and staff communities, with a particular focus on Black and Latinx individuals, Chicago residents from a variety of neighborhoods, and parent(s) and/or alumni of current and former traditional and charter Chicago public schools.

About Namaste Charter School

Namaste Charter School promotes curiosity and lifelong student success by implementing and sharing a holistic educational model for nearly 500 elementary and middle school students on Chicago’s near southwest side.

Founded in 2004, Namaste remains a national pioneer in promoting students’ health and wellness while delivering academic rigor in a safe and inclusive environment. Nearly 75% of Namaste students come from an under-resourced, low-income household and the proportion of students with special and diverse learning needs is nearly twice the city average.

As a Chicago public charter school, Namaste receives city and state funding for core operating expenses but raises private dollars for its unique programming, including an award-winning healthy meals program, daily Physical Education for all students, and a Spanish immersion instructional model.

Interested Candidates

Individuals who are interested in joining Namaste Charter School’s Board of Directors should email namaste@flexiblyfocused.org to learn more about the opportunity.

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About Namaste Charter School


3737 S. Paulina, Chicago, IL 60609, US

Mission Statement

Namaste Charter School promotes lifelong student success and a love of learning by implementing and sharing a groundbreaking education model that combines health and wellness with academic rigor in a peaceful environment.


Located in the McKinley Park neighborhood of Chicago, Namaste was designed to help fill the void for Chicago Public Schools students who deserve a high-quality education, access to healthful food and nutrition education, and opportunities for sufficient physical activity. Namaste was purposefully designed as a school that educates the whole child through high-quality, student-centered academics; opportunities that promote social-emotional growth; nutrition and wellness instruction; and ample time for movement and creativity. Namaste's holistic, comprehensive approach to education builds student's independent academic skills alongside health and wellness skills so students graduate from Namaste fully prepared for academic success in high school and college.

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3737 S. PaulinaChicago, IL 60609



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  • Must be at least 30
  • Orientation or Training
  • The time commitment varies, but is rarely more than 3 hours per month. Meetings are held via Zoom but will resume in-person when public health and safety allow.

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