CHARTER SCHOOL EXPERIENCE
Communities are always searching for ways to increase the effectiveness of their education systems. It’s generally accepted that better school systems lead to better cities and states because residents will be better educated and the population will increase as more families move to the area so their kids can attend those schools.
True North is here to work with these educators, administrators, community leaders and those interested in a better education system to help turn that search into a reality. Below are a few examples of that effort.
"...thank you for caring enough about the kids...to give them this wonderful chance to grow and learn and feel like their school really does care about them."
-Elizabeth Reynolds, Parent
Scintilla Charter Academy
BROOKHAVEN INNOVATION ACADEMY
True North is pleased to have the opportunity to assist Brookhaven Innovation Academy in opening their temporary home in Metro Atlanta.
The school is in its first year of operation at their temporary home in Norcross, just off Peachtree Industrial Blvd. The school is working to eventually move into a permanent location to better serve its students.
The school launched with an enrollment of 357 students with plans to grow to 540. The school's mission is to provide students with an education that maximizes the realization of their individual talents and prepares them for success in a technology and information driven 21st century economy.
The school offers a blended learning core curriculum method that is personalized and individualized for each student. Approximately 20% of each day is spent in cross curricular STEM focused project learning. The School has also implemented a mandatory K-8 coding curriculum and utilizes longer school days as well as longer school year. Students are challenged to become problem solvers and will learn the practical applications of the traditional text book lessons
SCHOOL FOR ARTS INFUSED LEARNING
The School for Art Infused Learning (SAIL) will be a college‐preparatory charter elementary and middle school led by an experienced non‐profit board of educational, performing arts, and community leaders. Committed to providing an innovative, rigorous education that blends academic challenge with world class instruction in arts, SAIL will open in August 2017 with approximately 400 students in grades K‐6 and add one grade‐level per year through August 2019, allowing it to serve 600 students in grades K‐8.
The key focal points of the curriculum will be creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, communications, and community. The pairing of rigorous academic standards with excellence in the fine arts will increase the depth of learning and provide multiple opportunities for students to learn through authentic experience. The fine arts programs that will be core to SAIL’s approach will consist of Music, Drama, Visual Arts, Foreign Language, Voice, Instruments, and Dance.
SAIL will become the choice for students in East Central Georgia to acquire and promote these skills through best‐in‐class, integrated instruction.
Renderings from Croft & Associates
DP COOPER CHARTER SCHOOL
Salters, South Carolina
D. P. Cooper Charter School is located in a very rural section of Williamsburg County, South Carolina. It is the first conversion Pre-k through grade eight public charter school in South Carolina. The school began its charter year of operation on July 1, 2014.
True North is working with the school leadership to formulate, develop, and implement a plan that will provide the school a long-term facility solution within the school's budget and growth requirements.
MIDLANDS STEM INSTITUTE
Winnsboro, South Carolina
During 2013, the dream of establishing a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) public charter school to serve a historically under served student population in Fairfield County, South Carolina became a reality. With the help and support of a planning board, dedicated volunteers, and the generosity of a local church, Midlands STEM Institute opened its doors to for the 2014-2015 school year.
Now, True North is working with the school's board to find effective ways to develop a proper school facility within budget with an eye toward growth.
PATAULA CHARTER ACADEMY
The Pataula Charter Academy serves a rural area of Southwest Georgia. It is an existing public, state-commissioned Charter School serving Baker, Calhoun, Clay, Early, and Randolph Counties in Georgia.
The school chose True North to provide Program Management services which began with TNC and PCA developing the initial project budget and the program will continue through Construction Completion in the Spring of 2017. The project scope includes the master plan, financing, permitting, design, and construction of the school’s new K-12 facility on land currently owned and partially occupied by the school’s existing facilities.
True North worked with the school’s board and administration to develop an overall plan, choose professional service providers, and oversee the construction of a new school campus.
True North worked closely with the School Leadership and Board to create and issue RFP’S for Design and Construction Management at Risk. PCA Committees shortlisted and interviewed firms; ultimately selecting IPG Architects and CGM Construction Group. True North continues to work closely with the School, Board and the Project Team.
Rendering from IPG
HEPHZIBAH INNOVATION CENTER
True North was selected as the Construction Manager for the Hephzibah Innovation Center (HIC) through a competitive process. TNC competed against multiple builders and was awarded the project based on their expertise and experience in the charter school marketplace.
The HIC master plan is located on a 50 acre site that will eventually include facilities, sports amenities, site access and parking.
Phase I of the work was completed August 2015, includes 56,100 sf of facilities, a regulation sized athletic field, 200 parking spaces, 3 access roads, landscaping and site infrastructure.
SCINTILLA CHARTER ACADEMY
The founding board of Scintilla Charter Academy engaged True North to help them select a site, design, finance and build the facilities for their K-5 charter school which opened in August 2015.
The facility consists of three classroom buildings of approximately 8,000 sf each and an administrative building of approximately 13,000 sf. The administrative building contains administrative offices, a clinic, and rooms for art, Spanish and special education.
A 180 seat cafeteria and 2,200 sf media center and computer lab are also included. The facility is designed to hold up to 480 students.
ACADEMY FOR CLASSICAL EDUCATION
The governing board of The Academy of Classical Education (ACE) approached True North to assist them with the purchase, finance and redevelopment of the former First Data building at 5665 New Forsyth Road in Macon, Ga.
The site consists of 38 acres and two buildings of 20,000 and 80,000 square feet. Phase I of the development was delivered August 2014 to house the initial class of 760 students. ACE had over 1,300 applications for the initial 760 seats.
The completion of Phase II and III will increase the build out to house 1,600 students in addition to athletic fields. True North provided finance, development and construction services to the ACE project. Phase II has also been completed and Phase III is underway.
COWETA CHARTER ACADEMY
Charter Schools USA
This project, in Senoia, GA, completed for Red Apple Development, consisted of the construction of a 2‐story, 34,000 square foot, CMU/Hollow‐core plank school building and renovations to an existing 22,000 square foot building.
The $6.2M development was constructed in 146 days in one of the wettest seasons the area has seen in decades. True North provided finance, development and construction services.
Charter Schools USA is the Educational Management Organization for Coweta Charter Academy.
Charter Schools USA
True North’s founders have a strong history in the education marketplace, both in K‐12 and higher education. 2009 was TNC’s launch into the charter school market when we provided program management and predevelopment services for Red Apple Development (Charter Schools USA’s real estate arm) on Duval Charter at Arlington in Jacksonville, Florida.
ROCKDALE CAREER ACADEMY
Rockdale County Public Schools
Rockdale Career Academy, a new career center high school, is located on a 48‐acre site adjacent to an industrial business park in Conyers, Georgia.
This two story 40,066 SF addition is part of the high school facility for the students of the Rockdale County Public School System. It is a charter school offering a wide variety of Career Pathways to the
students of Rockdale County.
Programs offered by the school include Business Information / Management, Health / Human Services, and Technical / Engineering.
BACONTON COMMUNITY CHARTER SCHOOL
Baconton Community Charter School in South Georgia involved the opportunity to work with local school boosters to enhance a limited budget into the best school possible for this rural community. Eight classroom buildings including science and art laboratories were constructed within a $3.1 million contract. Completed on time and under budget, the project has enhanced this small community with a center for education and community involvement