HEPHZIBAH, Ga.- Julie Parise was live Tuesday morning at the new charter school in Richmond County with a preview.
The Georgia School for Innovation and the Classics is a state commissioned charter school, and it’s different than other area schools in several ways.
You can tell just by looking at it, it doesn’t look like a traditional school.
Faculty here tell Julie they wanted the school to have a rural look, to tap into the feel of the area the school is in.
This is a state-commissioned charter school – so it is a public school and receives funding from the state, not the county.
Children do not have to qualify to get in.
The only limit to enrolling here is the school’s cap size, which right now is at 560.
Because this is what the state calls “a school of choice,” faculty and staff say they have more freedom to mold the curriculum and not cut through so much red tape when making decisions about a students’ education.
The superintendent here compares it to a one-room school house approach to learning.
The charter school movement is a little bit like that it starts most times as a grassroots community movement. Parents and community leaders want something different for their students they want a choice so they come together, obviously this is a lot bigger than a one room school house, but it’s the same principal.
This year, GSIC will be a K-6 school. A new grade will be added every year and by 2021 it will be a K-12 school.
The ribbon cutting is Tuesday night at 6pm.
HEPHZIBAH, Ga.- A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held Tuesday night at the brand new charter school in Richmond County.
The Georgia School for Innovation and the Classics (GSIC) is located on Storey Mill Road in Hephzibah.
GSIC is a public school that will focus on a classical form of teaching and will focus on citizenship.
It is not affiliated with the Richmond County School board and will have a direct line to the state.
Mary Morrison spoke with the principal, Mary Jane Abbot on Monday, and she states the school will focus on four learning pathways: Sustainable agriculture, Entertainment Technology, Nuclear Technology and Linguistics.
There will be an open house Monday night for grades K-2 and and another Tuesday night for grades 3-6.
There will also be a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday night at 6 p.m.
For more information visit The Georgia School for Innovation and the Classics’s website here.