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New Charter School to Hold Open Houses

The Globe Academy will hold an open house in Toco Hill-Avis G. Williams Library on Feb. 2.

The North Druid Hills-Briarcliff area's incoming Globe Academy is hosting a series of open houses for prospective families. This was released Thursday:

ATLANTA – Prospective families are invited to learn about The GLOBE Academy, DeKalb’s new dual-language charter elementary school (with tracks in English-French, English-Mandarin and English-Spanish) at several upcoming events.

Open Houses will be held on Feb. 2 at the Toco Hills Library (1282 McConnell Drive in Decatur) and on Feb. 16 at the Chamblee Library (4115 Clairmont Road in Chamblee), each from 2-4 p.m. Webinars will be scheduled throughout the month of February for interested families unable to attend the Open Houses.

The GLOBE Academy was approved as a charter by the Georgia Department of Education last week and will open in August 2013 at the former Heritage Center (2225 Heritage Drive in Northeast Atlanta). The school will initially serve students in kindergarten to third grade, with a grade being added each year through eighth grade.

Applications to enroll for the 2013-2014 academic year will be accepted beginning Feb. 1. Charter schools are public schools so there will be no cost to attend, and any family residing in the DeKalb County School District attendance zone will be eligible to enroll their children.

Class size will be limited to 22 students. However, because students will be supported by 2 teachers in every classroom—including a native speaker of the targeted second language—the student/teacher ratio will be 11:1.

Children at The GLOBE Academy will encounter core academic content in both English and a second world language (French, Mandarin or Spanish). Learning a second language is proven to enhance understanding of one’s primary language and creates lifelong academic, social, cultural and intellectual benefits.

Instruction at The GLOBE Academy is based on children’s natural inclination for inquiry and discovery. Students will engage in workshop-based learning for reading/language arts and math, as well as a project-based learning for social studies and science. Children will also participate in physical education, music, art and other enrichment classes throughout each week.

The GLOBE Academy expects to open with approximately 350 to 400 students in its first year and will grow to approximately 1100 students in six years. For the 2013-2014 academic year, this includes five kindergarten classes, five first grade classes, four second grade classes and four third grade classes.

To learn more and sign up to receive updates, including webinar and
enrollment information as it becomes available, please visit:
www.theglobeacademy.org

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