The Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School (ANCS) is a K-8 charter school with two campuses formed by the merger of two successful charter schools that have been operating in the Grant Park and Ormewood Park neighborhoods since 2002.
Neighborhood Charter School (NCS) opened in 2002 serving kindergarten through fifth grade students. Atlanta Charter Middle School (ACMS) opened in 2005 serving sixth through eighth grade students.
Both schools stood as centers of community education excellence in southeast Atlanta, gaining recognition from the Georgia Department of Education and the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement for outstanding student performance on state assessments.
The merger of these two schools established a framework for sharing resources between the former ACMS and NCS, while jointly pursuing a common goal of continuing to providing an innovative small school alternative choice within the Atlanta Public Schools that actively involves families from the diverse neighborhoods of southeast Atlanta.
Evolution of the Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School
Neighborhood Charter School (2002-2011)
It all started with an acorn — a dream to create a new kind of public school for our children. One that would improve academic achievement, foster extraordinary parental involvement, and strengthen the community in some of Atlanta’s most resurgent neighborhoods.
Atlanta Charter Middle School (2005-2011)
As students from NCS grew closer to their middle school years, many of the same parents and educators who founded NCS began to consider the idea of creating a middle school based upon the same philosophical foundations of NCS.
During the 2010-11 school year, a merger transition taskforce formed with the involvement of board members and school leadership from both NCS and ACMS.