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Fulton Science Academy Middle School Plans to Go Private

School announces plans for 2012-2013 just hours after final rejection of its appeal to become a state charter special school.

Fulton Science Academy Middle School announced this evening that it has a plan to open as a private school in August.

Earlier today, the state Board of Education denied the school's application

“This is [the] best way for our school doors to remain open for our students, families, teachers, and staff,” said Ayhan Korucu, FSA Governing Board President, in a statement.  “We believe our plan to become a private school is achievable for the 2012-2013 school year; however, we know that sadly some of our student body will be unable to attend our school due to the financial implications of this plan."

"We intend to use donations and grant funding to provide scholarships to help off-set tuition costs for applicants in need of financial assistance.  Our primary goal is to continue providing to our students the same quality, innovative, STEM focused education that we have offered to our families for the past decade.”

The new FSA private school will serve students with no geographic residency limitations, the announcement said. The school will continue to offer a wide variety of free after school clubs and tutoring as well as numerous competitive academic teams.  Inquiries regarding applications can be emailed toacoaloa@fultonscience.org

FSA officials pointed out "extraordinary CRCT test results worthy of the Governor’s Platinum Award" on the same week the school's application was rejected. "Teachers and students alike cannot imagine losing this remarkable school that this year was the only middle school in Georgia to receive the National Blue Ribbon Award," the announcement said.

The state had called FSA's governance and financial stability into question in rejecting the application, particularly regarding the issuance of $19 million in bonds and the construction work on a new school campus.

Come back to Alpharetta-Milton Patch for further developments on this story.

Kat May 13, 2012 at 01:43 AM
In order to make it "about the children" you have to be responsible with the money! These are not mutually exclusive events! Read the documents. On the state school board's website. Read ALL the documents. It is UNBELIEVABLE the way FSA has behaved. Dispite repeated requests for information they have remained arrogant and uncompromising in their responses. If you want to make it " about the children" then you MUST handle the funds properly. It is unbelievable that folks think that one can happen without the other.
Financial Guy May 13, 2012 at 04:39 AM
JPMorgan Chase...my bad.
JAH May 13, 2012 at 02:18 PM
How much funding will FSA have to make up with the loss of funding from the government? I realize they have announced an intention to go private, but will the families be able to afford to make up the difference in funding?
tom deeb May 13, 2012 at 03:02 PM
While it will be more expensive than free the goal is to make this affordable for everyone possible. Right now the Governing Board is working through a variety of options but the goal is to make this very affordable. In addition the Governing Board is looking for resources to support scholarships so that finances are not a barrier to attend FSA. As far as making up the government funding this is not only possible but practical. I hope this helps -- again the goal is make this as affordable as possible.
Datch August 05, 2012 at 01:45 AM
For further clarification behind those who continuously voice opinions of hate and misinformation about FSA and other charter schools with Turkish employees, please refer to the following links: http://goosenetwork.tumblr.com/post/10570103524/marys-story-a-former-gulen-charter-school http://www.lisaacademytruth.com/who-are-behind-the-attacks-to-lisa-academy-goose-network.html

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