Fulton County school board to consider more charter schools

Fulton County’s education leaders are aiming to bring more school choice to parents interested in alternatives to the traditional public school setting, which would include adding more charter schools.

At least one new charter school, Chattahoochee Hills, has opened this school year. Located in the city of Chattahoochee Hills in the southwest corridor of Fulton County, the school is currently k-5. School leaders will add one grade every year until it is finally  a k- 8 school by 2017. It has approximately 300 students.

Fulton school board members are expected at a meeting Wednesday to discuss the new charter as well as other new schools opening in the coming years. Those include two charter schools that will emphasize the Latin language in their curriculum. They’re planned to open by next year. Board members are also expected to consider a new magnet school opening in south Fulton next year.

The Fulton school system is the fourth-largest district in Georgia with a projected 2014-2015 enrollment of approximately 96,300 students – an expected increase of about 1,200 from the previous school year.

The system includes 101 schools: 58 elementary schools, 19 middle schools, 17 high schools and seven startup charter schools.

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