Georgia Charter Schools Association Membership

Our Sponsors

Gold Sponsors


McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP (MLA)

McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP (MLA) is an international law firm with more than 575 attorneys and public policy advisors in 13 offices and 11 markets. The firm is uniquely positioned at the intersection of law, business and government. MLA’s Georgia Public Finance team is a leading innovator in developing and implementing facility financing solutions for charter schools in Georgia. We are proud to have participated in the first charter school bond financings successfully completed in the State of Georgia. MLA’s Government Affairs team provides legislative and regulatory counsel on behalf of clients who have issues with local, state and federal governments. We have broad experience in drafting legislation and developing and implementing legislative strategies that benefit charter schools in Georgia.


Staples Office Supplies

Staples Advantage is focused on providing Georgia Charter Schools,  programs for office products, furniture, promotional products, print, technology, and facility/safety solutions.  By utilizing one preferred supplier your school has the ability to consolidate multiple commodities under one order and leverage the buying power of all Charter School members .  The success of our customized programs are built on customer relationships managed through your dedicated Staples Strategic Account Leaders.  We are committed to continually providing program improvements and cost savings.  As an extension of our online services, Georgia Charter School faculty and staff also have access to 1500+ retail stores in the U. S. for last minute purchases, copy center needs, and business services, all available at your pre-negotiated  contract pricing.  If you are interested in saving or to learn more about the Staples supply program contact Janet Cook your Strategic Account Leader at 770-454-0663 or email:


The American Federation for Children

The American Federation for Children (AFC) seeks the fundamental transformation of public education through parental choice. We believe public education must be defined as providing families, particularly low-income families, with the public funding they need to choose the education they determine is best for their children.


Silver Sponsors


McGuireWoods Consulting

McGuireWoods LLP and McGuireWoods Consulting LLC represent over 100 private and public K-12 schools, school boards, private and public colleges, universities and related foundations. We provide the full array of legal and consulting services to charter school administrators, governing boards and education service providers as they navigate the complexities of opening and operating a start-up charter school in Georgia.


Colliers International

Colliers International is the third-largest commercial real estate services company in the world.  Colliers International offers a full array of services for the Charter School Community. We have developed proprietary databases of existing facilities for lease and sale, build-to-suit options, and a list of lenders who work with Charter Schools. Additionally, we offer assistance with DOE rules and regulations and help negotiate facilities leases and purchase agreements that makes sense for Charter Schools.  Contact Josh Gregory – Vice President, Brokerage at (404) 877-9210 or for more information.


Hertz Furniture

Hertz Furniture is a fourth-generation, family-owned business specializing in charter school furniture solutions. We offer everything GCSA member charter schools need, for classroom, cafeteria, office, music room, library, locker room, science lab, auditorium, stage, storage needs and more, from 150+ vendors, with a complimentary 25-year warranty. With our exclusive charter school contract, you receive:
   * Large discounts based on order volume
   * Free layout, design and planning services on all projects
   * Flexible pricing terms for qualified charters
To place an order, or for more information, please contact David Mocton, VP Client Relationships at (800) 526-4677 ext. 1118 or Make sure to mention that you are a GCSA member.


Association of American Educators

The Association of American Educators is a non-union professional educators organization with members in every state. AAE membership provides charter school educators with essential services such as legal and liability insurance, scholarships and grants, professional resources, and a voice on education issues at a great rate of $15 per month.


D.A. Davidson

D.A. Davidson is the nation’s leading charter school banker having completed 125 facilities financings in 12 states totaling $1,252,286,300.  Davidson’s team is headed by Russell Caldwell, Managing Director.  Davidson completed a $17,450,000 financing for Kennesaw Charter School in May of 2011 and obtained the first investment grade rating for DeKalb Academy of Technology in July of 2011.

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Dougherty & Company LLC

Dougherty & Company LLC is a diversified investment banking firm with over 30 years of underwriting and financial advisory experience.  A pioneer in financing charter schools, we are able to provide cost-effective financing options designed to meet the unique educational needs of our clients.  Contact Dick Ward for more information, 612.376.4159,



S&S is a leader in educational arts and crafts supplies, craft kits, therapy and rehabilitation products, plus sports, PE and recreational equipment. They’ve created a purchasing portal expressly for GCSA members. Contact Andrew Kimball, National Accounts Sale Manager,  800.642.7354 x 2452.  Visit here and start saving!



StudentsFirst is a grassroots movement of parents, teachers and citizens working to improve our education system by pursing common sense policies that put the needs of students first. Founded by former Washington D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee in 2010, StudentsFirst seeks the passage of student-centered policies in Georgia that elevate the teaching profession, empower parents and ensure tax-dollars are being spent wisely.



With more than 100 years of experience, Ziegler is a recognized leader in the educational sector throughout the U.S. We continue that tradition with our dedicated services to the charter school market nationally. Ziegler provides creative, tailored financial solutions that are just right for your organization. Ziegler is one of the few financial services firms in the country that has a dedicated team of charter school finance professionals. We can offer unbiased advice and a full menu of financial solutions to help you advance your mission.

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Mobile Modular

Mobile Modular rents and sells modular classrooms and relocatable buildings. Our products make excellent solutions for both temporary and permanent space needs. Whether growing enrollment, modernization or budgets are driving your temporary building needs, Mobile Modular can help your school adjust to the demands of your student population. Your Project – Our Commitment.


Thinking Maps

Thinking Maps, Inc. endeavors to transform schools and increase student performance by providing specific visual patterns for limitless learning. Our training provides a clear, concise framework, derived from brain-based research, for teachers, students and entire learning communities to share a common visual language that connects thought processes and ideas as well as promotes critical thinking and creativity. Thinking Maps, Inc. currently partners with hundreds of schools in Georgia to enhance the thinking and learning of the students they serve.

Bronze Sponsors


Self Help

Self-Help believes in creating ownership and economic opportunity through supporting high-performing charter schools in low-wealth communities.  We provide facilities loans to charter schools and have loaned over $126 million to 48 charter schools in 13 states.  We offer a range of loan products to meet the needs of our borrowers, and have the financial capacity to handle multi-million dollar loan requests, as well as the ability to tap into a variety of credit enhancement programs.


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SpedTrack™ is a web-based IEP software that revolutionizes the management of your Special Education program. SpedTrack centralizes your information and processes into one user friendly application, easing the burden of managing Special Education for both teachers and administrators.


Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

As one of the world’s longest-established publishing houses and largest providers of pre-K–12 education solutions, we specialize in dynamic learning content for charter school students, teachers, and parents. Available through multiple channels and platforms, our content meets the needs of lifelong learners, no matter where and how they learn.

CPO Science   CPO Science

CPO Science provides ­­­high-quality inquiry-based teaching and learning systems for science in grades 6-12.  CPO Science offers a wide range of materials and services including innovative science textbook programs that integrate with high-quality lab equipment and nationally recognized professional development programs.

Delta Ed Logo   Delta Education

Delta Education specializes in research-validated instructional materials in elementary and middle school science.  Our ­­­authentic learning programs are supported by 30+ years of scientific research and learning theory.  Students gain the greatest understanding in science when it is taught through an integrated, inquiry-based approach in an active, learner-centered environment.

Frey Scientific logo_May08   Frey Scientific

Frey Scientific offers a complete line of lab equipment, suppliers, and technology products for K-12 science classrooms and labs, including Inquiry Investigation and software from Neo/SCI.


Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a private, independent foundation established by Jack Kent Cooke to help exceptionally promising students with financial need reach their full potential through education. The Foundation supports students from elementary school to graduate school through scholarships, grants, direct service, and knowledge dissemination.


Rowland Reading Foundation

Rowland Reading Foundation publishes the Superkids Reading Program, a core reading program designed just for kindergarten through second grade that teaches all aspects of reading seamlessly integrated with the language arts. Happily Ever After is the Foundation’s motivating, literature-based reading readiness program.


Croft & Associates

Croft & Associates is a full-service commercial and private sector architecture firm based in Kennesaw, Georgia. Our team has over a century of combined experience. Fundamental to our firm’s success is our commitment to serving clients’ well through listening, applying our experience, delivering quality services and being passionate about our work.

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Sadlier is an educational publisher of textbooks, teacher’s guides, workbooks, tests, and other materials in the curriculum area of reading, language arts, vocabulary development, and mathematics for students, teachers, and families.


Charter School Management Corporation

CSMC is the largest provider of back office services to charter schools in the nation. With continual growth and outreach in the southeast, CSMC has grown the capacity to provide its high quality services in Georgia. CSMC is committed to empowering charter schools and their leaders to create and lead successful, innovative charter schools, and has the experience, personnel and resources to make it happen. Deep background in bookkeeping, budgeting, school development, operations, and data management.


Apex Learning

Founded in 1997, Apex Learning is the leading provider of blended and virtual learning solutions to the nation’s schools. The company’s standards-based digital curriculum — in math, science, English, social studies, world languages, and Advanced Placement — is widely used for original credit, credit recovery, remediation, intervention, acceleration, and exam preparation.


Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP

Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP has all of the knowledge and skills you expect from an accounting firm.  However, these days, you need more than just number crunchers.  You need professionals who are aggressively looking for ways to help your school thrive.  Is your school as successful as it can be?  To find out, call 404-898-8239 or visit



The Clean Air Campaign

The Clean Air Campaign has helped over 550 schools throughout Georgia create safer and healthier campuses and develop engaged learners. Our free, streamlined programs offer pre-kindergarten, elementary, middle and high schools action-based learning projects to reduce air pollution and traffic and educate students on sustainability, air quality and transportation.

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First Investors

Since its founding in 1930, First Investors has been serving the needs of investors. Through the Great Depression, World War II, numerous recessions and bull and bear market cycles, we have remained committed to our mission of helping our clients reach their financial goals. Today, we offer a wide range of competitive financial products and services, including mutual funds, life insurance and annuities.  Call Michael Jacobs, Financial Services Representative at (770)818-0700 x 220 for more information.


The Principals Center

The Principals Center is a collaborative effort between Georgia State University, local school districts, and other agencies to provide cutting edge professional development for school leaders.
Our Mission…
To provide practicing and aspiring school leaders with learning and networking opportunities designed to develop their capacity to create schools that work for all children.

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Preferred Meal Systems 

Preferred Meal Systems provides a quality, easy to implement, administer and affordable unitized meal program. It is a full service operation without a major financial investment. The “component meal system” includes entrees, side dishes, fresh fruits, vegetables, bread, milk, condiments and utensils combined with delivery, menu planning, nutritional analysis, equipment, maintenance, training, marketing and promotions.


Innovative Modular Solutions

Since 1999, Innovative Modular Solutions (IMS) has been developing modular building solutions, from single classrooms and purpose-built rooms to entire multi-story wings or turnkey buildings.  As a leading provider of temporary and permanent modular buildings, IMS can provide timely, economical results while maintaining high-quality products and a high-level of customer service.


EPS/School Specialty® Literacy and Intervention

EPS® Literacy and Intervention – leading publisher of K–12 blended-learning reading and math curriculum to build core skills and close the achievement gap for struggling students.  Visit or call 800.225.5750 to learn the latest on Wordly Wise 3000®, MCI, Academy of READING®, Academy of MATH®, Explode The Code® and more!


M Space Holdings

M SPACE is a nationwide modular general contractor specializing in efficient construction methods, custom designs and integrated solutions. M SPACE serves a wide range of industries and offers custom and traditional, permanent and temporary, new and pre-leased buildings. Flexible leasing, sale and financing options are available.


Delaney Educational

Delaney Educational has been servicing schools for over 40 years, representing over 150 Publishers.  We specialize in Classroom Libraries, Classroom Materials, Media Center, Technology, Teacher Resources, and Common Core.  Our goal is to provide top-shelf materials and customer service from a local consultant, while saving you time and money.  

American Book Company

American Book Company’s books and software are each specifically designed to help students prepare and review for unique state exit exams, state assessments, and graduation tests. FREE CCGPS k-12 books in ELA and Math, e-books, ACT, SAT, PLAN,  and EXPLORE preview copies available while supplies last.


Charter School Uniforms

Charter School Uniforms offers quality school attire for students of all ages.  We are backed by 80 years of industry experience, as a subsidiary of Parker School Uniforms, a respected name in the school uniform industry since 1931.  Our local store and web site offer shopping convenience for our families.



Aflac Incorporated, through its subsidiary, American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus (AFLAC),  provides supplemental health and life insurance. The company offers various voluntary supplemental insurance products, including cancer plans, general medical indemnity plans, medical/sickness riders, care plans, living benefit life plans, and ordinary life insurance plans.  It also provides loss-of-income products, such as life and short term disability plans: and products designed to protect individuals from depletion of assets, which comprise hospital indemnity, fixed-benefit dental, vision care, accident, cancer, critical illness/critical care, and hospital intensive care plans.  Aflac is headquartered in Columbus, Georgia.  For more information, contact Scott Hayes at 706-816-1662 or


Raza Development Fund

RDF is the largest Latino CDFI, with more than $160 million in total assets under management. Since inception, RDF has provided capital to Latino serving organizations nationwide. These organizations have received technical assistance and loans in excess of $250 million, which have helped leverage nearly $1.5 billion in private capital for education, childcare, affordable housing and healthcare projects serving low-income families and individuals.  RDF has been providing financing to charter schools for more than 13 years, resulting in $90MM in loan commitments impacting more than 65 charter schools nationwide.

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Joe Costa & Associates

Joe Costa & Associates is an independent brokerage serving employers through Employee Benefits, Payroll Services and Retirement Plans.  Joey Costa is a senior agent, and his independent status allows him to search the market for the best coverage for each employer.  Joey is certified to work both inside and outside of the Federal Marketplace.


Susan Young & Associates

Susan Young & Associates provides products and services to educators across Georgia to support teachers and students.  We are committed to and passionate about education, and we share your enthusiasm for teaching and learning.  Let us support you by matching your needs with our research-based, classroom-tested materials and with the best in professional development.


Uniform Source

Uniform Source is a local, family-owned uniform store in Kennesaw, Georgia. We have been specializing in fulfilling school uniform needs for the past 15 years. We stock only the highest quality uniform products in the industry ans our vendors stand behind these products with a manufacturer defect guarantee. All embroidery is completed in house, to ensure faster embroidery times for our customers.


Millennium Technology Group

The Millennium Technology Group is a professional services organization dedicated to enriching teaching and learning through a holistic approach to mobile education.  We provide thought leadership, instructional strategies and technology services to public and private schools while we unify the efforts of school leaders as they make the move to mobile.



AirWatch is the leader in enterprise-grade mobility management and security solutions designed to simplify the mobile device lifecycle for the education industry. Our highly scalable solution provides a real-time view of an entire fleet of corporate, employee and student-owned Apple iOS, Android, Windows, BlackBerry and Symbian devices.


SLA Management

SLA Management has operated in the southeastern United States for over a decade, serving nearly 75 private and charter schools and almost 100,000 meals every week. Visit with us to learn who we serve near your school and explore the many ways in which SLA can assist you in improving your existing lunch program, or starting one for the first time.

  • We Charge No Management Fees
  • Retain Existing Cafeteria Staff
  • Eliminate Administrative Responsibility
  • Relieve Budgetary Constraints
  • Generate Revenue For Your School


Camp Invention

Camp Invention inspires creativity and inventive thinking during its week long summer program! Led by local educators, elementary school children are immersed into exciting, hands-on activities that reinvent summer fun. Throughout the week, children work in teams to solve real-world challenges. Discounts are available!

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Insurance People
Since 1998, Insurance People has helped over 80 charter schools in the Carolinas and Georgia with the specialized property and casualty insurance needed to protect school assets, board members, staff and volunteers.  Ask Steve Griffin or John Ramsey about how our insurance programs can benefit your school. Our Toll free number is 800-825-0442

ChefAdvantage is Atlanta’s leader in serving delicious and nutritious meals that kids love to eat. Our story began in 1991 with a chef’s vision to Make Lunch Easy for schools and families; today ChefAdvantage provides dynamic on-site and delivered lunch programs.
·         Locally Owned and Operated
·         Meals Planned by Nutritionists;    Prepared by Chefs

  • Peanut and Tree Nut-Free Menus
  • Helpful Food Allergen Tracking


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