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New charter school takes applications

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BY AMELIA HARPER
Staff Writer

Sunday, December 31, 2017

With approval to open the Global Achievers School in August, the board of Nash County’s newest charter school is set to begin accepting applications as the new year begins.

Both prospective students and prospective teachers can submit applications beginning Monday at the school’s website: www.weareglobalachievers.org. The N.C. Charter School Advisory Board voted in April to recommend that Global Achievers School receive a charter from the state to begin instruction in southern Nash County in the 2018-19 academic year, and that approval was granted by the N.C. State Board of Education in June.

Though the school originally planned to operate in Bailey, those plans have changed, Lisa Swinson, founder of the Global Achievers School, told the Telegram.

“We have not been able to find a suitable location for the school in Bailey, so we have now focused our facility search efforts in Spring Hope,” Swinson said. “The chamber has been very welcoming and helpful.”

Swinson said the school is currently in negotiations regarding some property options and expects to have facilities ready for the initial cohort of students by the fall. According to the charter school’s five-year proposal submitted to the state, Global Achievers School expects to have an initial enrollment of 240 students in kindergarten through third grade in the fall. The charter school then plans to add a grade each year, with an expected enrollment of 480 students in kindergarten through seventh grade by the 2022-23 academic year.

Swinson said charter schools generally use modular units when they first open or up-fit an existing structure to suit the needs of the school. Though there are no firm plans in place for the site of the school now, Swinson said she is confident the school will be ready for classes by the fall.

“The people we are working with in Spring Hope have assured is that this is possible,” Swinson said.

According to plans submitted to the state, Global Achievers School plans to use to project-based model of learning that focuses on increasing student achievement in four areas: critical thinking, communication skills, creativity and collaboration. The school also plans to emphasize real-world experience through collaboration with community and business partners.

For more information about the proposed charter school, follow the Global Achievers School on Facebook.

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