On Friday, May 19, Pataula Charter Academy held its first high school graduation. 40 graduates took part in a touching ceremony held at Andrew College. During the graduation, Pataula Charter Academy Superintendent Kylie Holley told the Class of 2017 she can’t imagine life without them. “While I cannot wait to see the wonderful things you […]
The first class of seniors to graduate from Fulton Leadership Academy (FLA) receenter at Morehouse College. 18 of the 25 students who graduated from the school had been in attendance at Fulton Leadership Academy since the sixth grade. Fulton Leadership Academy seniors have been accepted to more 30 colleges. They’ve also received nearly $2 […]
On Saturday, May 20, an inaugural class of seniors graduated from Atlanta’s first public charter school. The Charles R. Drew Charter School graduation ceremony marks the completion of a dream that has been in the making for decades: the fulfillment of the long-envisioned cradle-to-college pipeline in the East Lake community. Drew’s Legacy Class of […]
Ivy Preparatory Academies started a special tradition to honor the school’s new recruits and returning teachers. On Thursday, May 8, Ivy Prep held an NFL draft-inspired “Signing Day” celebration. The semi-formal event held at Clark Atlanta University included cheerleaders, a red carpet and a drum cadence. Administrators created the celebration as a way to applaud […]
On Thursday, May 4 more than 100 T-Mobile and Metro PCS employees worked to transform Destiny Achievers Academy of Excellence (DAAOE) in Ellenwood as part of the T-Mobile Huddle Up program. The employees updated the school science rooms, refreshed the school entrance and painted tech and storage rooms. They also beautified the school cafeteria […]
Amana Academy Celebrates Georgia STEM Day, National Charter Schools Week Amana Academy celebrated Georgia STEM Day and capped off National Charter Schools Week by holding its fourth annual Squawk & Walk Community Celebration and Fundraiser on Saturday, May 6. This year, the school expanded the event to include a School Maker Faire. A Maker […]
Georgia Charter Schools Association applauds Gov. Nathan Deal for signing House Bill 430 on Thursday. Under the new law, charter schools will receive dedicated facilities funding for the first time in Georgia’s history.
HB 430 also creates new minimum standards for districts that authorize charter schools. The provisions included in House Bill 430 were based on recommendations made by the Governor’s Education Reform Commission in 2015 and are strongly supported by the Georgia Charter Schools Association and numerous education reform organizations.
“The children in Georgia’s charter schools deserve the same level of funding and support as all other public school students,” said Georgia Charter Schools Association President and CEO Tony Roberts. “This is a significant step to realizing that goal. We want to thank Gov. Deal, HB 430 sponsor Buzz Rep. Brockway and Senate and House cosponsors for putting Georgia’s students first.”
Academy for Classical Education (ACE) sixth graders who take part in “The Well-Trained Mind elective” learn to bridge the classical gap between grammar and junior high school. The hands-on projects created by students in elective classes serve as a “museum” for students throughout the school to help them learn about the Ancient World and its connection to today.
Through history, students in the class explore the Ancient World’s development and contribution to all the parts of a people’s culture that continue to influence and impact the modern world today. They learn about the ancient roots of their written language, how ancient laws influence the judicial courts of today, and they see how ancient literature, art, and music influence their daily lives. Students practice annotation and note-taking skills to assist comprehension. They also conduct research on topics related to their studies. Students then share their findings through projects that have them emulate the ancient people whose accomplishments serve as our inspiration. Like the Classical Core curriculum, the Well-Trained Mind curriculum is based on the 4-year history cycle; this course focuses specifically on year one – the Ancient World.
(Photo Caption: Centennial Academy Eighth Graders Kiera Randall, Kennedy-Ryan Jackson and Karissa Ferrell-Hinkle at Georgia Charter Schools Association on Tuesday, May 2) Centennial Academy eighth graders began visiting a number of businesses in the Atlanta area this week as part of a new job shadowing program recently created by the school. The program is officially called YMCA Youth Achievers @ Centennial […]
Charles R. Drew Charter School Elementary Academy has been certified as an official Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) School by the Georgia Department of Education. Drew Charter School is the first school in Atlanta Public Schools and the second school in the state of Georgia to earn this important designation, which was recently created to recognize institutions committed to providing high-quality educational opportunities in STEAM.
State Schools Superintendent Richard Woods and Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria Carstarphen attended a special ceremony with Drew Charter Head of Schools Don Doran, Drew students, employees and parents on April 20 to officially present the new certification.
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