Our Charter

The charter petition for the Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School (ANCS) was formally approved by the Georgia State Board of Education in March 2011 after receiving approval from the Atlanta Board of Education. ANCS operates as a charter school within the Atlanta Public Schools and serves students in kindergarten through eighth grade living within the boundaries of the school district. In its charter, ANCS The current ANCS charter agreement runs from July 1, 2011 until June 30, 2016.

In exchange for ANCS’s agreement to meet or exceed the performance-based goals and measurable objectives set forth in its charter agreement, the Georgia State Board of Education granted the school the maximum flexibility allowed by law to charter schools. Pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 20-2-2065(a), ANCS is entitled to the maximum flexibility allowed by law from the provisions of Title 20 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated and from any state or local rule, regulation, policy, or procedure established by a local board of education, the State Board of Education, or the Georgia Department of Education. Notwithstanding this maximum flexibility, ANCS must comply with the terms of its charter agreement, the Georgia Charter Schools Act (including the provisions set forth in Section 15 of the school’s charter agreement), and any rules, regulations, policies, or procedures established by the Georgia State Board of Education consistent with the Charter Schools Act. 

What is a “charter school”?

Georgia law grants groups the right (or “charter”) to start new public schools that report to the state Department of Education and to their own independent governing boards. By freeing charter schools from many of the constraints of traditional public schools, charter school law in Georgia intends for charter schools to “increase student achievement through academic and organizational innovation”. Charter schools are funded through state and local sources.