What is a charter school?
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.
What is the difference between a charter school and a traditional public school?
Charter schools have more autonomy and flexibility. Charter schools are governed, not by a local board of education, but by an autonomous non-profit board of directors, and they receive flexibility from certain state and local rules and regulations in exchange for a higher level of accountability. Charter schools use this flexibility to implement innovative or unique programs, in order to provide educational options to parents and students that are not typically available in the traditional public schools.
Do parents pay tuition at SAIL?
No, like any other public school, SAIL is not allowed to charge tuition.
Does SAIL have entrance criteria students must meet?
No, the only entrance requirement is for the student to have legal residence in the state of Georgia. There are no admission tests or performances.
Is SAIL accredited?
It takes three years for a new public school in the state of Georgia to attain accreditation. SAIL is working toward that accreditation and fully expects to earn it after three years of operation.
Does SAIL enroll children with special needs?
Yes, SAIL has a full special education department offering a full range of services in both the general education and separate class environments.
Does SAIL serve children identified as Gifted and Talented?
Yes, SAIL has a gifted program. In addition, advanced math courses are offered.
Is SAIL a Title I School?
SAIL is a Title I Targeted assistance school. A targeted assistance program provides supplemental services to identified children who are low-achieving or at risk of low- achievement.
Does SAIL provide lunch and breakfast?
SAIL does run its own nutrition program. Students can purchase lunch daily. We also offer reduced lunch rates for qualifying families. In addition, a la carte snack items may be purchased in the morning prior to school starting and during lunch periods.
Does SAIL provide transportation?
No, parents must provide transportation for their scholars both to and from school each day.