Atlanta families have organized to create Atlanta Classical Academy, a K-8, open-enrollment, tuition-free, public charter school that will serve Atlanta Public Schools students beginning in the Fall of 2014. ACA will scale as our students advance to become a K-12 academy.
Atlanta Classical Academy will deliver a classical, content-rich, liberal arts curriculum in a smaller school environment. Our plan calls for approximately 50 students per grade, and we anticipate a student-to-teacher ratio of 18 – 22:1.
Mission of Atlanta Classical Academy
To develop students in mind and character through a classical, content-rich curriculum that emphasizes the principles of virtuous living, traditional learning, and civic responsibility.
ACA will be located in the north Atlanta area, and we hope to formally announce the location in the near future.
ACA is actively recruiting administrators, teachers and staff for the 2014-2015 school year.
What kind of school is ACA?
Atlanta Classical Academy’s school plan is carefully modeled after Ridgeview Classical Schools, a public charter school in Ft. Collins, CO. Recently, U.S. News and World Report ranked Ridgeview the 15th K-12 school in the country, the 4th U.S. charter school, and the 4th open-enrollment high school in the nation.
Our ‘American classical’ approach emphasizes literature, composition, history, sciences, mathematics, and language. Our classrooms are characterized by teacher-led instruction and Socratic discussion in an atmosphere marked by decorum, discipline, and respectfulness.
We believe in the academic effectiveness of an environment that fosters the habits of thoroughness, the rewards of hard work, and the development of perseverance as the means to accomplishing difficult tasks. We demand the highest caliber teachers who are subject matter experts, tenacious in intellectual interests, clear communicators, and kindhearted. We expect teachers, administrators, and staff to teach and model habits of excellence, self-governance, and civic involvement, for these are the targets at which a classical education aims.
ACA will offer sports and extracurricular activities that promote development in mind, body, and character. We plan to offer sports for upper school students (7 – 12) that include cross country, track, basketball, soccer, wrestling, lacrosse, and volleyball. Extracurricular activities may include chess, robotics, debate, orchestra, and performing arts.
We envision a public school that mirrors the diversity of APS schools in our community. Our academic approach has proven to be excellent and suitable for all children.
While our ‘charter’ (our legal agreement with APS and Georgia’s Department of Education) will hold ACA’s Board of Directors to a higher standard, it will also grant us the flexibility to create a school that is a different in terms of its educational philosophy, emphasis on virtuous living and American citizenship, transparency, teacher qualifications, overall size, decorum, and governance structure.
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