Monday, August 01, 2005

Cool and interesting new Charters to come!

Yesterday's Daily News reports on a new all-girls charter school opening up on the lower East Side this fall. It's a bit of a sore spot for the School of Bloggers, since one of the two of us applied for a job there and didn't even get a call. However, we are intrigued by the concept of Girls Prep and think it will be an interesting school to observe.

Two other new and interesting charter schools opening up in my old stomping grounds of the Atlanta suburbs (links added by me):

Dunwoody Springs, which opened as a traditional school in 2000, won conversion charter status in January. It will become Georgia's first Designated Professional De- velopment Focus School, in partnership with Georgia State University.

The school will serve as a laboratory school for developing and implementing the best practices for teaching diverse, transient and urban students. Another unique feature will be that students entering after the first 10 days of school will spend five to 10 days in a "transitional" classroom to assess the students' academic needs and their families' social service needs while providing orientation to the school.

Amana Academy in Roswell is Fulton's newest startup charter. It will offer project-based learning and Arabic instruction. Students will remain with the same teacher for two years.

5 comments:

Leo Casey said...

I would be most interested in learning how an all-girls charter school passes muster under the state charter law, which -- as I understand it -- is quite insistent upon the use of a lottery for admissions.

Leo Casey said...

I would be most interested in learning how an all-girls charter school passes muster under the state charter law, which -- as I understand it -- is quite insistent upon the use of a lottery for admissions.

Leo Casey said...

I would be most interested in learning how an all-girls charter school passes muster under the state charter law, which -- as I understand it -- is quite insistent upon the use of a lottery for admissions.

julie said...

The charter law addresses this:

Admission of students shall not be limited on the basis of intellectual ability, measures of achievement or aptitude, athletic ability, disability, race, creed, gender, national origin, religion, or ancestry; provided, however, that nothing in this article shall be construed to prevent the establishment of a single-sex charter school or a charter school designed to provide expanded learning opportunities for students at-risk of academic failure.

EdWonk said...

I'm sorry that there was no call-back. Hopefully, there was a gigantic pool of talented applicants and that hiring will be done based upon merit.