Macon charter school enjoying ‘very smooth’ opening

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Fifteen months ago, it was just an idea.

Retired Bibb County educators Laura Perkins and Esterine Stokes were talking with two former students when they decided they wanted to get back into education.  Their solution was to open a charter school.

After getting through the months-long approval process, the Academy for Classical Education opened its doors at 5665 New Forsyth Road in August.

Local, city and state officials, including Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, celebrated ACE’s opening at a ceremony Sunday.  It currently serves more than 700 students in kindergarten through eighth grade but will eventually expand to include grades 9-12. 

Stokes says overall, it’s been a “very smooth” opening.

“Out of everything, I think I was most scared of car pool,” she says with a laugh.  “Because in high school–I’m from high school–you ring the bell, five minutes later everybody’s on the bus and the parking lot’s empty.  Not having transportation here, we had to deal with 760 cars pretty much.  But within a week, we had it down from an hour to about 20 minutes, so it just took us a little tweaking.”

The school is open to any student living in Bibb County but currently has a waiting list.  To add your child to the list, visit

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