Georgia’s State Charter Schools Commission has authorized five new schools, including three in metro Atlanta.
The commission on Wednesday gave charters to Genesis Academy in Atlanta which will have separate K-10 facilities for boys and girls and offer an extended day, week and year program aimed at preparing kids for college. Resurgence Hall in Fulton County will serve K-8 students with an emphasis on computer science and 200 minutes a day of literacy instruction and also offer an extended day and year.
The other schools are DREAM Academy, serving K-10 students in Macon-Bibb County, and SAIL: School for Arts-Infused Learning, in Columbia or Richmond County.
All except Resurgence Hall will have a statewide attendance zone, according to the commission, which was established in 2013 by a constitutional amendment in 2012. Previously, only local school districts had clear authority to authorize charter schools, but the state commission now has authority to grant charters to schools either with a statewide attendance zone or with a local zone and “special characteristics.”
The five will join a list of two dozen schools with a charter through the commission.
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