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Heph­zi­bah Charter Academy application

Heph­zi­bah Charter Academy application

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Read the 88 page charter school application for the proposed Hephzibah Charter Academy filed with the Georgia State Charter Schools Com­mission.
Read the 88 page charter school application for the proposed Hephzibah Charter Academy filed with the Georgia State Charter Schools Com­mission.

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Hephzibah Charter Academy
 
i
STATE CHARTER SCHOOL
 
PETITION COVER PAGE
 
Part I. Proposed Charter School InformationName of Proposed Charter School:
Hephzibah Charter Academy
Name of the Georgia nonprofit corporation that will hold the charter if granted:
Georgia Charter Educational Foundation
Check one:
 
-wide attendance zone.-wide attendance zone but offers only virtual instruction.
 
√ The proposed charter school has a defined
attendance zone that is not state-wide.LEA in which the School will be Located:
Richmond County School District
LEA(s) that will be Included in the Proposed Attendance Zone:
Richmond County School District
Prospective Address for School Location:
TBD
Part II. Petition Contact Information
Applicants must designate one individual to serve as the contact for official communications.
Name
: Lyn Michaels-Carden
Title
: Board Chair 
Physical Address:
 
Phone Number:Fax Number:
 
Email Address:
 
Part III. Assurances and Signatures
All assurances must be initialed in blue ink by the chairperson of the proposed charter school‘s governing
 board. The charter petitioner (or school leader) and chairperson must sign below the final assurance in blue ink to further indicate understanding and agreement to the requirements of governing a state charter school. _____ 1. This petition was submitted to appropriate the local board of education(s) as required byO.C.G.A. § 20-2-2084(c) on the following date: _______________________. _____ 2. This petition was approved by the governing board of the proposed charter school on thefollowing date: ________________________. _____ 3. If a charter is granted the proposed charter school programs, services, and activities will operatein accordance with the terms of the charter and all applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, andregulations.These assurances are agreed to by: _____________________________________________________________________________________ Charter Petitioner or School Leader Date _____________________________________________________________________________________ Governing Board Chairperson Date
 
Hephzibah Charter Academy
 
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STATE CHARTER SCHOOL
 
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
 
Name of Proposed Charter School:
Hephzibah Charter Academy
Proposed Opening Date:
August 2014
Proposed Charter Term:
5 years
Grade Range:
K-8
Will the School Enroll All Grades the First Year? (Yes/No):
 No
Expected Initial Enrollment:
845
Proposed Full Enrollment:
1145For each year of the proposed charter term, indicate the number of students the charter school plans toserve.
 Please note that the SCSC reserves the right to condition expansion and increased enrollment on
the charter school’s ability to meet performance goals and compliance requi
rements.
 
 
K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 TotalYear 1 120 115 115 115 115 115 150 0 0 845Year 2 120 115 115 115 115 115 150 150 0 995Year 3 120 115 115 115 115 115 150 150 150 1145Year 4 120 115 115 115 115 115 150 150 150 1145Year 5 120 115 115 115 115 115 150 150 150 1145
In the box below, state the charter school’s mission and describe how the school will meet its
statutory charge of increasing student achievement through academic and organizationalinnovation.
Hephzibah Charter Academy‘s (
HCA) mission is to provide a safe learning environment where everystudent is challenged to reach his or her full potential. HCA strives for academic excellence and a schoolculture with positive morale by providing a research-based and rigorous curriculum. HCA will teachchildren the value of lifelong learning as well as the importance of contributing to society and communityin positive ways.
In the box below, describe the charter school’s academic program, specifically focusing on its
innovation and need for flexibility and any special characteristics, such as a special population, aspecial curriculum, or some other feature or features which enhance educational opportunities.
 HCA, in partnership with Charter Schools USA (CSUSA), an educational service provider, willimplement an educational
model based on Robert J. Marzano‘s
What Works in Schools
, a synthesis of thirty-five years of research, as well as his accompanying work,
The Art and Science of Teaching 
. Thismodel is an innovative approach to improving student learning and academic achievement, where data-driven instruction, an unwavering focus on the needs of each student, and ongoing teacher support are paramount.To achieve its goals of offering students a high-quality charter school education, HCA will use unique
and innovative academic components to complement CSUSA‘s comprehensive
data-driven educationalmodel. The nine components include the following:
 
Hephzibah Charter Academy
 
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School-
Wide Goal Setting (at the year‘s onset, teachers and administrators analyze th
e
 previous year‘s data to set school
-wide improvement goals for the new year);
 
Personalized Learning Plans (PLP) (designed to track the individual student‘s strengths and
weaknesses, PLPs are collaboratively developed between students, parents and teachers toempower students to track their own progress);
 
Progress Monitoring and Assessment (tracks specific and measurable goals regardingattendance, test scores, graduation rates and teacher retention to inform data-driven decisionmaking);
 
Innovative Measurement Tools to Drive Research-Based Instruction & Data Analysis(employs state-of-the art technology like the student information system, Teacher eGradeBook, and Narrative Report Card);
 
Technology to Support Student Engagement (using interactive white boards, interactivetablets, and document cameras,
etc
.);
 
Character Education Program (promotes an increase in student motivation toward academiclearning by incorporating student interest with real-world experiences);
 
Academic Intervention and Acceleration (using diagnostic assessments and benchmark data,students receive additional instruction and practice on identified areas, with teachersinstructing before and after school, through content area integration);
 
Supplemental Programing (collaboration and community integration through which character and academic education meet with engaged stakeholders in extracurricular and auxiliaryactivities);
 
Meaningful parental engagement is an essential element of 
HCA‘s culture.
A ComprehensiveParental Involvement Program and Family-School-Community partnership model is plannedfor HCA.
In the box below, describe the charter school’s organizational structure, specifically focusing on its
innovation and need for flexibility, its general partnership structure with an educational
management organization (EMO) if any, and the school’s community interest and need.
 The Georgia Charter Educational Foundation (GCEF) was formed in 2009 for the sole purpose of openingquality charter schools in the state of Georgia. GCEF is interested in advancing the educational options of  parents and students throughout the state of Georgia and creating cutting-edge and industry relevantcharter schools. By facilitating the growth of charter schools across the state, the GCEF collaborationcreates a powerful platform for innovation, best-practices, and replication and, most importantly, giveschildren opportunities to thrive into the future.GCEF has successfully opened and is operating two high quality charter schools in collaboration withCSUSA
 – 
Cherokee Charter Academy and Coweta Charter Academy
 – 
and served over 1,300 students in2012-2013. Through economies of scale, appropriate resources, and organizational maturity theGCEF/CSUSA collaboration ensures best practices and success at each of its schools and looks to expandits successful core model while also integrating a variety of Communities of Character, partnerships, programs, and training.
The Vision:
The strategic vision for HCA and its stakeholders is ambitious
 – 
 
advancing the educational options of parents and students 
. Like all quality charter schools, the communities, stakeholders, and partners of HCA are committed to developing innovative learning environments where all students areself-motivated, productive citizens and are prepared to reach their potential in 21st century educationaland workforce opportunities with an emphasis on civic engagement and integration of innovative programs and partnerships. The mission is to create rigorous and supportive learning environments

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