Georgia Charter Schools Association Plant a Charter. Grow a Kid. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:45:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 State Charter Schools Commission Approves 4 New Charter Schools Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:38:56 +0000 Decisions Reflect Rigor and Attention to Underserved Communities | 

Atlanta, GA August 30, 2014 – High quality charter school options will continue to expand in Georgia thanks to the rigor and diligence of the State Charter Schools Commission (SCSC) petition review process.

At a well attended public meeting, the seven-member Commission, green-lighted four new public charter schools, to open in 2015-15.  The schools reflect diverse missions and instructional approaches. All four are meeting the needs of underserved communities, and include two much-needed charter high school options. They are:

  • Byron Peach Charter High School | grades 9-12 | Peach County | first charter high school in Middle Georgia; mission to provide a rigorous college preparatory curriculum
  • Foothills Education Charter High School | grades 9-12 | statewide charter | replicates the highly successful Mountain Education Center; mission to serve high school students at risk of dropping out
  • International Charter School of Atlanta | grades K-8 | statewide charter | physical school in North Fulton but open to other counties; mission offer dual-language teaching model using language immersion
  • Georgia School for Innovation & the Classics | grades K-12 | statewide charter | to be located in Augusta area; mission to partner with local industry and higher education institutions linking classroom learning with the workplace

Speaking for the Byron Peach Charter High School petitioners, Roy Lewis, the group’s Founding Board Chair, thanked the Commission for approval after a disappointing denial last year.  “This is a tremendous opportunity to influence and improve the lives our students and provide hope to their parents. The Charter Start Program offered through the Georgia Charter Schools Association provided expert guidance that helped us get here,” he said.

The Commission denied five petitions for reasons ranging from a lack of capacity to properly govern a school; weak operational plans; poorly articulated plans for community partnerships, to an incomplete strategy for obtaining a facility in an achievable timeframe.

Southwest Georgia STEM Charter was one of the petitions denied. During public comments, State Senator Freddie Powell Sims (D12) spoke passionately of the shocking dropout rates in Randolph County, crumbling school facilities and high poverty in her rural district. She begged the Commissioners to reconsider their decision, as did David Bridges, President of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in rural Tifton, GA. “Our area’s agricultural base has been devastated,” he said. “We must offer stronger academic programs to prepare students for new careers.”

Some petitioners actually will have a chance to be reconsidered.  While the Commission formerly rendered “yes” or “no” decisions, for the 2013-14 review cycle, a handful of schools formerly denied were asked to provide additional information and ultimately received SCSC approval. 

Three current petitioners – Scintilla Charter Academy (Lowndes County & Valdosta City), DuBois Integrity Academy (Clayton County) and Cirrus Academy Charter School (Bibb County), now have a month to provide additional material.  They could be approved at the September Commission meeting, keeping them on track for a 2015-16 opening.

All petitions, plus recommendations for approval, denial or additional information are available to the public on the Commission website,


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Tapestry Public Charter School – SPED Assistant Teacher (paraprofesional) Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:38:00 +0000 NOTE: To apply for this position, interested candidates should send (1) a cover letter summarizing interest, skills, and qualifications; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) the names, addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references to Tonna Harris-Bosselmann at Applications without all three requirements will be considered incomplete.

Tapestry Public Charter School opened August 11, 2014 for grades 6 -8 and will add one grade in each subsequent year, serving grades 6 – 12 by 2018.

The mission of Tapestry is to offer an inclusive, individualized learning environment that is academically engaging, both for neurotypical students and those on the autism spectrum, and to create a positive school culture that empowers all students to take possession of their innate talents and become creative builders of their own futures.

Utilizing small, multi-age classrooms with flexible groupings and authentic hands-on learning experiences, Tapestry will provide a student-driven, experiential, sensory-based learning environment. All students will be respected, loved, and valued as the most important members of the school community. More about Tapestry may be found at

Tapestry seeks innovative, patient, and energetic part-time and full-time assistant teachers to join our team. Employment at Tapestry offers a unique opportunity for mission-aligned educators to help build our school from the ground up.

Special Education Assistant Teacher (Paraprofessional) – grades 6-8

• Minimum high school diploma or equivalent

• Experience working with individuals on the autism spectrum

• Positive, inclusive, and welcoming attitude

• Enthusiastic, creative, flexible approach to working with students

• Ability to differentiate methodology to accommodate learning differences

• Team player: ability to collaborate well with other members of the school community

Additional Desirable Qualifications:

• Associate’s Degree or higher

• Successful experience working as a paraprofessional or teaching assistant in a school setting

• Relevant experience working in a charter school

• Experience working with students with various learning disabilities, cognitive profiles, sensory

dysfunctions, behavior disorders, speech and language impairments, gross and fine motor

difficulty, and medical conditions

• Ability to develop and adapt curriculum and present lessons in various subject areas to students with disabilities

• Demonstrated effectiveness in working with diverse groups of students, teachers, service providers and families

• Familiarity with Universal Design for Learning, Constructivism in teaching and learning, Response to Intervention (RTI), and the Coalition of Essential Schools Common Principles


• Support the mission of Tapestry Public Charter School

• Support the general education and special education teachers in a co-taught, constructivist environment

• Modify and differentiate the general education curriculum for students with disabilities, based upon a variety of instructional techniques and assistive technologies

• Work with individual students or small groups of students to reinforce learning of material initially introduced by the teacher

• Support students so that they are included in classroom activities

• Assist students with organization and transition throughout the school day

• Maintain excellent lines of communication with families

• Confer with parents, students, and colleagues to implement individual educational plans designed to promote the student’s educational, physical, and social development, ensuring that IEPs are followed accordance with state, federal, and any other applicable guidelines, regulations, and/or laws

• Carry out specialized behavior programs under the supervision of the teacher

• Seek to empower students with disabilities to become independent self-advocates

• Regularly attend faculty meetings, work flexible hours, and perform other duties as necessary (willingness to “wear many hats”)

• Work collaboratively with the entire Tapestry stakeholder community to advance the goals of the school

• Various other duties as assigned

Compensation: Salary based on Assistant Teacher pay scale; full benefits package for full-time employees.

To apply for any of these positions, interested candidates should send (1) a cover letter summarizing interest, skills, and qualifications; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) the names, addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references to Tonna Harris-Bosselmann, at Applications without all three requirements will be considered incomplete.

• Application Deadline: Open

Tapestry Public Charter School is an equal opportunity employer committed to building a diverse staff and encourages applications from persons of all backgrounds.

• Before hire, applicants must satisfy a background investigation including a criminal background check.

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Leadership Preparatory Academy – Job Fair (various elementary positions) Mon, 25 Aug 2014 13:25:37 +0000 Leadership Preparatory Academy located at  6400 Woodrow Road, Lithonia, GA  will hold a job fair on Saturday, August 30, 2014 from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm. We are seeking to fill  Elementary Teacher positions as a result of increased enrollment. Please bring a current resume and a copy of your professional certificate to the job fair. We are also seeking substitute teachers. If you can not make it to the job fair, please email your resume to and place the position you are seeking in the subject line.

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Utopian Academy for the Arts – (State Charter Schools Commission) Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:19:06 +0000 Utopian

School District: Clayton County
Address: 6630 Camp Street
City: Riverdale, GA
Zip: 30327
Tel:  770.892.1644
Director: Frederick Birkett
Charter Type: Startup
Grades: 6-7 
GCSA Member: Yes


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Hapeville Charter Career Academy – (Fulton County) Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:11:35 +0000 School District: Fulton County
Address: 6045 Buffington Avenue
City: College Park, GA
Zip: 30349
Tel: 404-766-0101
Fax: 404-941-1102
Director: Jannard Rainey, Principal  
Charter Type: Startup
Grades: 9-12

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Hapeville Charter Middle School – (Fulton County) Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:05:30 +0000 School District: Fulton County
Address: 3535 So. Fulton Avenue
City: Hapeville, GA
Zip: 30354
Tel: 404-767-7730
Fax: 404-776-7706
Director: Marcia Lowe 
Charter Type: Startup
Grades: 6-8
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Georgia Connections Academy- Statewide Virtual School (Georgia Charter Schools Commission) Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:55:45 +0000 Georgia Connections Academy Charter School (GACA) is a tuition-free, K–12, public cyber school that students attend from home. GACA brings a fully accredited public education directly to your family’s door—anywhere in Georgia.

Our mission is to maximize academic achievement for students in grades K–12 throughout the state of Georgia who need an alternative to the traditional classroom. Georgia Connections Academy fulfills the intent of the Georgia legislature in the Charter School Law to “increase student achievement through academic and organizational innovation” by reaching students for whom a cutting-edge virtual approach provides the best pathway to school success.

Georgia Connections Academy is authorized under state law by the State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia.The school is operated by Georgia Connections Academy, a nonprofit corporation, through a contract with Connections Academy of Georgia, LLC, to provide its educational program and other services. The school is governed by an independent school board and all meetings are open to the public. Please review our scheduled meeting dates, agendas, and information on how to attend a meeting or make a request for public records.

School District: Statewide
Address: 2763 Meadow Church Road, Suite 208
City: Duluth, GA
Zip: 30097
Phone: (678) 825-3258
(770) 623-6029
Principal:  Heather Robinson,
Charter Type: Startup
Grades: K-12

Georgia Connections Academy has an enrollment cap of 4,000 students for the 2014–15 school year. The cap has been met for grades K-5 and grade 8. Students enrolling in these grades will be placed on a waiting list as all enrollment tasks are completed and released to enroll once space becomes available. Space is still available in grades 6 & 7 and 9-12, but is very limited. Students will be enrolled on a first come/first served basis until all spaces are filled. Once the cap is met in grades 6 & 7 and 9-12, students will be placed on a waiting list once all enrollment tasks are completed and released to enroll as space becomes available. Please complete all enrollment tasks as soon as possible as space is limited. 

GCSA Member: Yes



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Public Support for Charter Schools Ticks Up in New Poll Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:39:42 +0000

7 in 10 Americans favor charter schools

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new PDK/Gallup poll released today reveals that support for charter schools has ticked up to 70 percent in 2014 – up from 68 percent in 2013. The poll also found that a majority of Americans believe students at public charter schools receive a better education than students at other public schools.

“It is great to see more Americans voicing their support for public charter schools,” said National Alliance for Public Charter Schools President and CEO Nina Rees. “With more than 6,400 schools serving 2.5 million students, public charter schools are playing an increasing role in our nation’s education system, and it is encouraging to see support continue to rise.”

The 46th Annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Towards the Public Schools also revealed that many surveyed “misunderstand charter schools, believing that they can charge tuition and admit students based on ability, and nearly half believe they can also teach religion.”

Public charter schools do not charge tuition, cannot admit students based on ability, and are not allowed to teach religion. To set the record straight, the National Alliance recently released a report, Separating Fact and Fiction: What You Need to Know About Public Charter Schools. To help more Americans get the facts about charter schools, the non-profit group has launched a four-week Truth About Charters seriesaddressing some of the most common myths.

“We are concerned that more than 20 years after the first public charter school opened their doors, many still misunderstand the nature of public charter schools,” continued Rees. “We will continue to do our part to help inform families across the country of both the facts and benefits of high-quality public charter schools.” 

To learn more about the Truth About Charters campaign and find a copy of the paper, visit or join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #TruthAboutCharters

About Public Charter Schools
Public charter schools are independent, public, and tuition-free schools that are given the freedom to be more innovative while being held accountable for advancing student achievement. Since 2010, all but one independent research study has found that students in charter schools do better in school than their traditional school peers. For example, one study by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University found that charter schools do a better job teaching low income students, minority students, and students who are still learning English than traditional schools. Separate studies by the Center for Reinventing Public Education and Mathematica Policy Research have found that charter school students are more likely to graduate from high school, go on to college, stay in college and have higher earnings in early adulthood. 

About the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is the leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the public charter school movement. Our mission is to lead public education to unprecedented levels of academic achievement by fostering a strong charter sector. For more information, please visit our website at


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Fulton Leadership Academy – Principal Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:54:15 +0000 About Fulton Leadership Academy:

Fulton Leadership Academy is Georgia’s first charter school serving an all-male student body. Started in 2010, FLA is now in its fifth year of operation and in the second year of a new five-year contract with the Georgia Department of Education. For the 2014/15 school year, FLA is serving 300 students in grades 6-10.

Fulton Leadership Academy (FLA) is committed to a rigorous academic environment intending to empower young men in grades 6-12 to become productive civic leaders. Within the offered curriculum, there is a focus on science, technology engineering and mathematics (STEM), and a thematic approach that integrates experiences with aviation and aeronautics.

We envision a community in which a Code of Ethics applies to all members, including faculty, staff, parents and students. The consistent endorsement of strong leadership standards throughout our community is intended to produce a high level of respect, order, and structure, which will contribute to a successful teaching and learning environment for student achievement.

Fulton Leadership Academy is located in the Atlanta suburb of East Point, Ga. near Hartsfield-
Jackson International Airport.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The FLA Principal, under the oversight of the Academy Board of Directors, is responsible for all aspects of both Middle and High School operation – with the primary competency being instructional leadership. The Academy Director is responsible for overseeing instruction, curriculum, assessment, family support, and professional development.

The successful candidate will also demonstrate the capacity for successful marketing, and fundraising. The candidate should be prepared to support prior experience in developing systems that support a positive and well-disciplined school community and instructional and school leadership.

Instructional and School Leadership:

• Provide leadership to all members of the FLA community in order to sustain the legacy of outstanding academic performance.

• Manage, supervise, and motivate faculty and staff academic performance.

• Develop a plan to consistently communicate the school’s Vision and Mission to all stakeholders.

• Implement effective internal and external assessment systems and use data to make informed decisions.

• Ensure consistent alignment with GaDOE curriculum standards.

• Select and share effective curricular and instructional practices from and with other schools.

Evaluation and Feedback:

• Oversee faculty participation in Teacher Keys Effectiveness System (TKES).

• Participate in the Leadership Keys Effectiveness System (LKES).

• Manage staff to ensure the completion and delivery of well-managed and rigorous daily lessons, appropriate levels of homework, and regular and productive afterschool tutoring.

• Manage staff, including professional development, staff observations, curriculum development, staff communication, scheduling, and program decisions.

• Hold teachers accountable for meeting high standards for student academic and behavioral performance.

• Work with staff on all curricular, instructional, assessment and professional development issues and activates to ensure data drives classroom instruction.

• Work with staff to foster consistency among staff in enforcing the Student and Family Handbook and other school-wide discipline policies.

• Facilitate positive faculty dynamics.

Family Support:

• Maintain communication and relations with FLA families, ensuring that they are kept involved with and held accountable for their scholar’s academic and behavioral performance.

• Communicate regularly with families regarding student performance and academic achievement.

• Work with staff to correspond regularly with families regarding school policies, events, and milestones.

• Work with staff to plan and support family meetings and special events.

• Ensure a mechanism to respond to family concerns promptly and effectively.


• Bachelor’s degree in Education or a relevant field from a 4-year, accredited college or university required.

• Previous experience to include a minimum of 3 years of classroom teaching experience plus experience in general school administration at the Middle and High School levels.

• Experience with coaching teachers.

Preferred Qualifications:

In addition to the basic qualifications listed above:

• Prior Administrative and/or leadership experience at a fully accredited Middle or High School.

• State of Georgia leadership certification or comparable credential from another state that is transferable to Georgia.

• Master’s Degree or higher rigorous standard (in Education or a related field) from an accredited college or University.

• Proven fund-raising ability.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: The offering for this position is $75 – $85,000 annually with a competitive benefits package to include medical, dental, and vision insurance, and participation in the Teacher’s Retirement System of Georgia.


Interested parties should submit a resume along with salary requirements to: by COB September 19, 2014.

For more information about Fulton Leadership Academy, please visit:


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of the listed position.

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New Look for Our Newsletter Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:09:54 +0000 The Georgia Charter Schools Association newsletter just got a facelift! Now it’s shorter, crisper and completely mobile-friendly. Keep up with Charter School news in Georgia and subscribe today!

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