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Is LOA a state-commissioned or locally approved charter school?

LOA is a locally-approved charter school. In 2007, the charter was approved by the Greene County Board of Education, the Georgia State Board of Education, and the LOA Board of Governors. In March of 2016, the LOA charter contract was renewed for eight more years.

What is a charter school?

A charter school is a public school that is operating under the terms of a “charter” or contract. In Georgia, a startup or locally approved charter school such as LOA has a charter that is approved by three parties - the GA State Board of Education, the local school district, and the board of the charter petitioner or applicant. A charter school is an independent public school that operates autonomously from the district board of education. It is typically under the direction of a CEO or dean that oversees all grades.

What is a “charter?”

Charter schools operate under the Charter, a contract or agreement among the state, the school district, and the charter school which grants increased autonomy in exchange for increased accountability. Because they are schools of choice, they are held to the highest level of accountability — consumer demand. Charters can be granted either by local systems or by the State of Georgia.

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1021 Titan Circle
Greensboro, GA 30642

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