New Macon charter school aims to provide unique learning experience

“We promise that we will give your kids something that they’ve never seen before in this area.”

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Macon is getting a new charter school. Construction is underway on Cirrus Academy.

The school’s leaders say the academy will provide a one of a kind educational opportunity.

“That’s awesome to have the opportunity to choose,” Racquel Redding, an interested parent, said about Cirrus’ curriculum.

A variety — something Redding says she didn’t have much of prior to putting her daughter in school in Bibb County.

“In addition to the arts that she’s currently receiving at Vineville, she would also have access to science, technology, engineering, and math,” she said.

Now, she says she’s considering putting her rising 2nd grader in Cirrus Academy.

Leaders call it the first of it’s kind in Middle Georgia.

“We promise that we will give your kids something that they’ve never seen before in this area,” Sheldon Hart, Cirrus’ board chairman, said.

He adds he wants to focus on building on the academics and providing something “different” for parents and students in Bibb County.

“It’s a totally integrated curriculum where teachers are going to have to meet with different subject areas. So we make sure that the students are understanding and being taught the same concepts at the same time in all of their classes,” Hart said.

The academy, that will take the place of the old Hamilton Elementary School on Pio Nono Avenue, is the latest in a string of charter schools in Macon.

It’s a $7 million renovation to the old building using state funds, grant money, and private donations.

“We have our back office operations together and then we made sure that we did the due diligence to find the best school leader that we possibly could,” Hart said.

He’s positive he’s found that in new principal Dr. Teresa Yarber.

“It’s exciting. It’s a challenge, but I believe I can stretch and grow to perform at an optimum level,” Yarber said.

The kindergarten through 8th grade school will focus on “STEAM” — science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

“We just want to make sure that we’re involved and in touch to provide, kind of like, a wrap around type experience and services for kids. Not only with education, but also with social skills as well as the arts and the STEM piece,” Yarber said.

It’s a chance, she explains, to prepare students for the challenges of a 21st century workforce.

Redding  says she’s all in on being in proactive for her daughter’s future.

“I have much confidence in what Cirrus Academy will be able to provide, educationally, for my daughter,” she said.

Cirrus Academy is state funded.

Kids from across Georgia can attend, for free, as long as they have consistent transportation to the school.

Yarber says the plan is to accept up to 618 students. If more people apply, then Cirrus will have to have a lottery for student acceptance.

Plans are for the school to open its doors on August 1st.

For more information on how to apply, visit Cirrus Academy’s website.

 

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