New Charter School Coming to Forsyth County

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February 26 Town Hall to showcase International Charter School of Atlanta’s language-immersion and globally-focused curriculum.

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"ICSAtlanta will empower each student to reach their academic and social potential by developing them into inquiring, multilingual, and intercultural citizens of a global community," Marisa Kashapov, one of ICSAtlanta's founding board members.

On the heels of the November election results which yielded the passing of a charter amendment in the state of Georgia, a group of parents and educators have joined together to launch the International Charter School of Atlanta (ICSAtlanta) in Forsyth County. If approved, ICSAtlanta would be the first and only triple-language immersion K-8th grade school available to all children in the state regardless county residency.

“By having a public school focused on developing bilingual/trilingual students with an international perspective will only further the economic growth of Atlanta and the state,” explains Marisa Kashapov, one of ICSAtlanta’s founding board members. “The investment which comes from county taxes for public schools, which will in turn go towards this new international charter school, will both equip our children with a competitive advantage as well as provide a cutting-edge future workforce for the state.”

The new charter school will be well-positioned to foster international perspective in students while at the same time meet the Common Core Georgia Standards. By encouraging critical thinking and intellectual curiosity in an engaging environment that intentionally celebrates international discovery, the school will help create tomorrow's leaders. All students, regardless of language fluency or county residency are welcome to apply. “ICSAtlanta will empower each student to reach their academic and social potential,” says Kashapov, “by developing them into inquiring, multilingual, and intercultural citizens of a global community.”

In order to educate the community, parents, the media, and local businesses about ICSAtlanta, a Town Hall will be held on Tuesday, February 26th at 7 p.m. at Fowler Park in Forsyth County. For additional details and to register for the event, please visit ICSAtlanta Town Hall. Interested families can also fill out an Intent to Apply form on the school’s website. For additional information, please call 470-253-0873.

About the International Charter School of Atlanta
The mission of ICSAtlanta is to prepare students for a successful future by promoting academic excellence through rigorous instruction, multilingualism, the integration of cultural awareness and respect throughout all aspects of the curriculum which will enable students to make the most of their individual talents.

About Charter Schools
A charter school is a public school that operates under contract with a local authorizer such as the Forsyth County Public Schools. Charter schools are governed by their own independent, non-profit boards with oversight from the authorizer and the state Department of Education. District charter schools have district-wide enrollment zones and are allowed flexibility in their programming in exchange for specific performance goals. Statewide charter schools can enroll anyone within the operating state regardless of county residence.

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