Metro Nashville Public Schools has received nine applications — a record number for any one cycle — in the latest batch of educators hoping to open new charter schools in Davidson County.
The deadline to submit applications to open new Metro charter schools was April 1.
A committee assigned to review charter applications will recommend final approval or disapproval of the proposals at a May 24 school board meeting, according to Carol Swann, coordinator of charter schools at the district. Newly approved schools would open for the 2012-13 school year.
The number of charter schools, which are publicly funded but privately operated, has grown considerably in Nashville in recent years, with 11 set to be operating by next school year. That figure includes a re-made Cameron Middle School, which is being redesigned as a charter.
Of the nine newest applicants, three would be expansions of existing schools.
• LEAD Academy, in North Nashville, wants to be start a brand-new 5-12th-grade school in Southeast Davidson County.
• KIPP Academy, in East Nashville, has proposed adding a high school to its existing middle school.
• New Vision Academy, a charter middle school, has proposed adding a K-4th-grade school.
Other applicants include the following:
• Athens of the South, a K-5th-grade school whose operators have been working with Boston-based Building Excellent Schools and the Tennessee Charter Incubator
• Target, a school for students K-5th-grade
• Nashville Academy of Math and Science, a school for students K-12th-grade
• Knowledge Academy, a school for students 5-8th-grade
• Lighthouse Charter School, K-8th-grade
• Boy’s Prep, a single-gender school for males 7-12th-grade