Atlanta, GA – October 9, 2013 — Curious about what goes on inside a public charter school? Still not sure what a charter school is? On Wednesday, October 23, 2013 the Georgia Charter Schools Association (GCSA) invites you to “Get on the Bus” and visit up to four high-performing Georgia charter schools in one day. You’ll see first-hand how these tuition-free, community created, and highly accountable public schools are innovating and improving student achievement.
The “Get on the Bus” tour will visit these four outstanding metro Atlanta charter schools Three are authorized by the Atlanta public school system, one is authorized by Fulton County.
- Atlanta Latin Academy (APS) – A college preparatory middle school on the West Side of Atlanta, offering a challenging classical curriculum, double-periods of English/Language Arts and mathematics, and an extended school day and school year.
- The Kindezi School (APS) – An elementary school offering family-sized classrooms with only six to eight students and one teacher. Kindezi uses the tutorial method where teachers tutor students in groups of one, two or three students at a time — a technique that is evidence-based to be an effective way for students to learn.
- Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School (APS) – ANCS offers an Elementary School and a Middle School. The curriculum is based on the Constructivist theory of education, emphasizing more teacher-student involvement and less dependency on textbooks. ANCS’s academic and organizational innovations include performance-based portfolio assessment, interdisciplinary teaching, school-wide sustainability initiatives, high parent engagement, and extensive support for teachers’ professional development.
- Fulton Leadership Academy (Fulton County) –FLA is a single gender school, grades 6-12, that empowers young men to be confident, civic minded leaders who excel in academics. The curriculum includes character building, work ethic, communication skills, decision-making, public speaking, team building, negotiating skills, and a rites of passage program.
The “ Get on the Bus” tour is free of charge, with breakfast and lunch provided. Reservations are required. For those who cannot devote the entire day, a flexible schedule makes it possible to choose from three options:
AM Tour 7:30 AM-12:15 PM – Breakfast + tour of Atlanta Latin Academy & The Kindezi School
PM Tour 12:15 PM-4:00 PM – Lunch + tour of Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School & Fulton Leadership Academy
Full Day Tour 7:30 AM-4:00 PM – Breakfast and Lunch + tour of all four charter schools
For information, please contact RaShaun Holliman, GCSA Director of Outreach.