The Tennessee Charter School Association is holding a Charter Schools Fair on Saturday, February 8, 2014. Charter schools are nonprofit, public, tuition-free schools open to all students in the state. Applications are now available for the 2014-2015 academic year. For a complete list of schools and application deadlines, as well as info on the fair, go here.
A local representative from the TN Charter School Association contacted me after I wrote this post and answers some of my basic questions. Have more? Please post them via a comment!
Enrollment Process: Charter schools are public schools, so anyone can attend them. Families can fill out an application to the school of their choice, but there is no testing or interview process. The application serves as a way to notify the school that you want to attend.
Lottery System: By law, if there are more applications than spots available in the school, then there is a public lottery to determine which students will receive a spot in the school.
Deadlines and Applications: You can find information on each charter school deadline and their corresponding application on this page. If there is missing information contact each school directly.
I went through the list and picked out the schools located in the “greater” East Memphis area. Those are below. My three nieces have had a fantastic experience at a charter school in Massachusetts, but I don’t really know anything about charter schools here in Memphis. Do you? Please share what you know via a comment!
Area Charter Schools:
Aurora Collegiate Academy
3804 Given Avenue
K – 5th grade, accepting applications for K-3rd grades
K-1st grades (growing to K-4th grade)
5th – 6th and 9th-11th grades
230 Henry Avenue (Elementary & Middle Schools)
2110 Howell Avenue (Middle & High Schools)
Omni Prep Academy
K – 3rd grades
5th – 8th grades
111 S. Highland