What is a Charter School in Georgia?
According to the Georgia Department of Education:
“A charter school is a public school of choice that operates under the terms of a charter, or contract, with an authorizer, such as the state and local boards of education.
Charter schools receive flexibility from certain state and local rules in exchange for a higher degree of accountability for raising student achievement. Charter schools are held accountable by their authorizer(s) for upholding the terms of their charter.”
Who Oversees Charter Schools like Cirrus Academy?
A charter school, like Cirrus Academy, is run by its own board of directors rather than the county school board. This gives charter schools the autonomy and flexibility to make decisions based only on the needs of its own scholars. Charter schools are public schools, which means they are funded through state tax dollars, do not charge tuition, and do not receive local tax dollars.
Admission to Charter Schools
Admission to Cirrus Academy Charter School is open to all children in Georgia entering kindergarten through 8th grade, whether they live in Macon-Bibb County or not. Every child has an equal chance of being admitted to Cirrus Academy—no preference is given to scholars based on gender, race, location, or any other criteria.
For a chance to enroll your child in Cirrus Academy, please fill out an application for admission. If applications exceed the maximum number of spots available, we will hold a lottery to determine who may attend.
Benefits of Sending Your Child to a Charter School
- Charter schools give your child the opportunity to study subjects that aren’t available at traditional schools
- Children and parents who are unsatisfied with the schools in their community can benefit from a higher quality education at a charter school
- Charter schools have smaller class sizes than traditional schools
- Charter schools cater more to each scholar’s preferred learning style