A single-gender male charter school that had its application denied by the Metro Nashville Board of Education in May has now been recommended for approval.
Boys Preparatory, which would be located in southeast Davidson County and cater to students in grades seven through 12, had its application rejected by the school board one month ago when three other charters were approved.
But the school’s founders have since tweaked their application and aligned the school’s academic requirements with state mandates, compelling the board’s Charter Review Committee to recommend the school board sign off on the charter proposal at Tuesday’s meeting. Boys Prep, set to open for the 2012-13 school year, would be Metro’s first exclusively single-gender school.
“We’ve had a great deal of improvements,” said Carol Swann, the district’s coordinator of charter schools. “They really did a good job, we felt like, in helping the committee understand a little bit more about, for instance, how boys learn differently and what this school was going to do to address that.”
When Boys Prep and three other charters open in 2012, Metro will have 15 operating charters, which are publicly financed but privately operated.
Though Boys Prep hasn’t secured a property, Swann said the school could locate inside the Boys & Girls Club building on Thompson Lane. With a student body likely to be predominantly Hispanic, Boys Prep has developed partnerships with groups such as Nashville-based Conexion Americas, the school board’s agenda reads.
Swann said Boys Prep would kick off by bringing in seventh- and eighth-grade students its inaugural year before ushering in one grade at a time in the years following.
Daniel Crews, portfolio manager for the Tennessee consolidated retirement system, is Boys Prep board chair. Martin Kennedy, a Middle Tennessee State University professor, is another founder.