Tremonton residents met with Matt Throckmorton, the Athenian eAcademy founder and CEO, recently to discuss the possibility and benefits of a charter school in Tremonton.
Athenian eAcademy is a state funded charter school that focuses on the needs of students and works to create convenient schedules for students and their parents. A charter school can be a great alternative from traditional schooling and beneficial for students who need more of a challenge academically or who are struggling to keep up.
If approved, the charter school will be composed of 12 communities from Tremonton to Richfield, with about 650 students, K-12, expected to participate. By next year they will grow to 850 and in the third year 1,050.
The school submitted its first application to the Utah State Office of Education in April 2013, which was reviewed and processed. After a few corrections, the school was fast tracked and they reapplied in September. A final application will be submitted the end of December and Throckmorton anticipates being approved by the State Charter School Board in February and the Box Elder School District in March.
They will then hire instructional leaders and let students apply. Since only 50-70 students will be accepted in Tremonton, a lottery will be conducted if necessary. They will then look for a building in Tremonton, which they hope to occupy by June and open in August 2014.
Throckmorton hopes the district will embraced the school and share district space. “We want to target kids who might thrive here, not compete with schools,” he said.
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