Mt. Zion Christian Academy recently closed its doors after 38 years, leaving Clayton parents who prefer a private school education with few alternatives other than the traditional public school education.
At least half of all instruction is taught in Spanish at Unidos for all grade levels. “We have a balanced population of native English and native Spanish speaking students and the goal is for them all to be able to read, write and speak both Spanish and English by the time they finish fifth grade,” says dual-language coordinator Dell Perry Giles. Enrollment is currently closed, but parents interested in getting their child on the waiting list must first attend an Informational Session. The next one is scheduled for July 30th – call 404-361-3494 for more.
Lewis Academy specializes in Reading and Developing Leaders/Character, where 91% of students exceed reading levels according to CEO Dr. Patricia Lewis. “It is my understanding that our CRCT Reading scores for third, fourth and fifth grade were the highest among all 50 Clayton County Schools,” says Lewis. This school is expanding and still accepting applications for the 2009-2010 school year.
A new state charter school emerging in Riverdale is Scholars Academy, also currently accepting applications for grades K-5. Recently featured in the July issue of the Atlanta Tribune as a Clayton County business on the rise, the school theme is “Global Education” focusing on environmental science, multicultural studies and English/Spanish studies. “Scholars Academy understands that every child has his or her own unique learning methodology and with professional instruction and guidance, each child can gain a greater learning experience,” says Director/Principal Elsa Celestine. Call 770-756-9710 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more.
The difference between these schools is that Lewis and Unidos are locally funded charter schools backed by our Board of Education. Scholars is a state charter and while still considered a public school, it depends on student enrollment and public support to succeed.
Does your child attend one of Clayton’s charter schools? Would you consider charter schools as a viable option for educating your child?