Local school hopes to win award

January 8, 2014 by  

The Georgia Charter School Association (GCSA) will be awarding its Charter School of the Year award towards the end of January.

This year a local school, the Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School (ANCS) is among the three finalists. The schools that ANCS will be up against are Oglethorpe Charter School and Brighten Academy. The two-day event will feature a special Conference Luncheon on Friday during which Candidates for Georgia Superintendent of Education introduce themselves and detail their vision for the future of education in our state.

The awards ceremony will be a part of The Georgia Charter Schools Leadership Conference held in Greensboro, Georgia at Lake Oconee Academy on Thursday, January 30 and Friday, January 31. The conference will be the only statewide gathering for the Georgia charter school leadership community and will welcome around 100 business managers, governing board members and petitioners of charter schools.

The Charter School of the Year award is jointly sponsored by the GCSA and the Coca-Cola Foundation. Coca-Cola provides $50,000 in grant money to the winner. The honor of winning and the attending publicity may well be more useful then the monetary reward. Being able to include the title of Charter School of the Year on their next stationery printing will be a valuable promotional boost for the winner.

Last year’s recipient was Drew Charter School of East Lake. Requirements to be considered for the award include being in operation for a minimum of five years. Additionally, schools have to have proved operationally sustainable , practiced sound fiscal policies and demonstrated academic excellence. The winner will be announced on January 31.