Two new state charter special schools will open this month and there is a good chance their names sound familiar – Ivy Preparatory Academy at DeKalb (for girls) and Ivy Preparatory Young Men’s Leadership Academy at DeKalb.
Monday morning the state board of education approved special school charters for Ivy Prep to operate kindergarten-to-6th grade boys and girls schools in the former Peachtree Hope Charter School location on Memorial Drive in DeKalb County. Ivy Prep will continue to operate its original 6th-to-9th grade all-girls Academy in Norcross.
Ivy Prep was among 15 schools whose charters became invalid three months ago when the Georgia Supreme Court ruled the state charter schools commission was unconstitutional. That ruling set off a firestorm nationally and it created a significant challenge for 15,000 students who planned to attend those schools this fall.
Some former commission schools applied for local school district charters; others opted for state special school charters. Ivy is unique; it will operate in Norcross with a Gwinnett local charter and in DeKalb as a state charter because the DeKalb school board turned down the Ivy application. Ivy applied to the state only after the local board rejection in a July 11 vote.