Today Metro Schools received 13 complete applications to operate charter schools before the April 1 deadline for the 2015 application cycle. Single applications for two (2) elementary, three (3) middle, and one (1) high school were received. The remaining seven (7) of those are multiple applications from Rocketship (3) and LEAD Public Schools (4). One application was returned because it was incomplete.
|School Name||Grade Range||Proposed Opening||Number of Students Year 1||Number of Students at Capacity|
|D.R.E.A.M. Academy||Pre-K – 4||2016||200||600|
|KIPP Nashville Primary||K-4||2017||100||500|
|East End Prep||Add 6-8||2017||100||300|
|KIPP Nashville Middle School||5-8||2017||96||350|
|Knowledge Academies @The Crossings||5-8||2016||200||300|
|LEAD Academy Conversion 1||5-12||2016||140||1,000|
|LEAD Academy Conversion 2||5-12||2017||140||1,000|
|LEAD Academy Conversion 3||5-12||2017||140||1,000|
|LEAD Academy Conversion 4||5-12||2018||140||1,000|
|Cameron College Prep HS||9-12||2016||320||620|
Each application will go through a careful and thorough review process as 3 teams of 11-12 specially trained educators and community members will carefully examine each application according to a detailed scoring rubric before offering recommendations to the Board of Education. Formal reports are given to the Board June 16th. The Board then votes to approve or deny each application by June 23, 2015.
This is the first formal step in the process of evaluating and approving charter schools. Applications that do not meet exacting quality standards or which do not advance the very best interests of the students and the district will be recommended for denial. Only those that meet the quality standards will be recommended for approval.
“Our review and authorization processes are strong, and have good track records going back a number of years,” said Alan Coverstone, who leads the Innovation Office that manages charter school authorizing for Metro Schools. “Our Board authorizes good schools and they do so according to the needs of our students and the priorities of the district as a whole. It is a system that works and benefits families across Nashville.”
The number one priority overall is program quality. Each proposal is first examined for its capacity to provide an exemplary educational program. The review then includes an evaluation of the operational capacity and long-term financial viability that can sustain academic excellence. Review teams then interview each applicant group before drawing together their final reports and recommendations.
“Above all else, we are focused on providing high-quality educational opportunities to Nashville families,” said Coverstone. “That includes working collaboratively with charter operators for the greater good of our students, district and Nashville as a whole.”