This has been a big week for the Smyrna Academy of Excellence (SAE), a K-12 Charter School in South Cobb that is pending approval from The Cobb County Board of Education.
If approved, the Smyrna Academy of Excellence will open for the 2013-2014 school year in the South Cobb area and serve grades K-6. A grade level will be added each year until the school is K-12. The charter school will be managed and governed by South Cobb parents, residents and educators and will focus on providing a 100% college bound culture for students.
Here are the latest developments:
- SAE submitted their charter petition to the Cobb County Board of Education on May 1 and are now on the board's agenda for discussion this Wednesday June 13 beginning at 8:30am. A final decision is scheduled for the Thursday June 28 board meeting.
- The Wednesday June 13 meeting is open to the public and the school invites supporters to come and make their voices heard. The meeting will begin at 8:30am at the CCSD District Office: 514 Glover Street, Marietta, GA 30060;
- SAE learned on Friday that they have been invited to apply for the Race to the Top Innovation Fund by the Governor's office. Only applicants that scored 80 percent or higher on the scoring rubric are invited to apply;
- The organization received a verbal confirmation from the IRS last week that their 501c3 non profit status is being accepted;
- To date, the Smyrna Academy of Excellence has collected almost 2000 letters of support from members of the community and family members of Cobb County students;
- Partnerships have been created with Southern Poly, Georgia State, Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State, Chattahoochee Tech and Lockheed Martin
The Smyrna Academy of Excellence would like to stress that this charter school is different because it is being created, managed, governed and led by South Cobb educators, parents and residents. For the health and welfare of the school, they will not relinquish these responsibilities to any outside organization under any circumstances.