GRANT PARK — The 2013-14 school year finds the Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School now into its second decade of serving students from across southeast Atlanta and the rest of the city. ANCS is a multi-campus, K-8 public charter school with over 650 students for the current school year. Demographically, 39% of ANCS students are students of color, 14% of students receive special education services through an IEP, and the school's middle school campus is designated as a Title I school based on the percentage of students qualifying for free or reduced price meals.
Despite significant reductions in local and state funding last school year, ANCS continued to demonstrate innovation and excellence in teaching and learning including:
- ANCS students performed at higher levels than APS and Georgia averages on the Reading, ELA, and Math CRCTs in grades 3-5 and 6-8
- ANCS students performed at higher levels than APS and Georgia averages on the 5th and 8th grade writing test for the third consecutive year
- The New Teacher Residency Project — a collaboration between ANCS and Georgia State University to support new teachers in their first years in the classroom--launched with the support of a nearly $1 million "Innovation Fund" grant from the state
- ANCS teachers were invited to present at national conferences and an ANCS teacher was one of five educators in the United States to receive an award for excellence in culturally-responsive teaching
Mr. Underwood is the executive director of the Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School.