CGLA Choir 3

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is a charter school? 

A charter school is created and organized by a community group and given special permission by the Local Educational Authority (Hamilton County Department of Education) to operate in the district. Charter schools operate differently. They may use a different grading system, teaching approaches, discipline strategies, or hold longer school hours and/or a longer school year. Charter schools receive public funds, but must also raise private funds to cover expenses such as building and transportation costs, as well as any other special program or equipment required.

2. Is my daughter eligible?

The Tennessee legislature passed legislation in July 2011 that opened up charter school eligibility requirements.  Any female student eligible for promotion in grades 6-12 and living in Hamilton County is eligible to attend CGLA.

3. Is there a lottery to get into the school?

There is a lottery only if there are more applicants than spaces available for either the school or a single grade.

4. Is CGLA only for girls who are failing?

No, there are many girls at CGLA who are proficient or advanced, but they have attended or are zoned for a High Priority School or have chosen to enroll at CGLA based on Tennessee’s new charter school regulations which open eligibility to any grade-appropriate girl in Hamilton County.

5. Will there be transportation?

Yes, transportation is provided, but is limited.

6. Is there tuition?

CGLA is a public charter school; there is no tuition fee.

7. Will my daughter wear a uniform?

Yes, uniforms will be required on the first day of school.

8. Am I required as a parent to do volunteer hours?

For the 2016-2017 academic year, CGLA does not require parental volunteer hours. We will, however, set forth the expectation that all CGLA parents/guardians regularly participate/attend various functions in support of their student.

9. Do you have sports?

Yes! CGLA launched an athletics program in fall 2011 and offers competitive basketball, volleyball, softball, soccer, lacrosse, and track & field teams.

10. Why all girls?

Because girls have different learning needs than boys, CGLA was created with girls in mind and specifically what girls need to be successful.

11. Is an all-girl school right for my daughter?

Only you can answer that question. We are confident that you know what is best for your daughter.

12. When will I be notified if my daughter is accepted?

You will be notified following the close of the application period. This notification will let you know if your daughter is eligible, or if a lottery is required. If a lottery is necessary, a lottery date will be included in your letter and posted on the CGLA website.

13. What are the steps I need to take to ensure my daughter is enrolled?

The first step is to submit a completed application. Make sure that your contact information is correct and updated if needed. Wait for the close of the application period to find out if a lottery is required. If there is no lottery, you must attend a mandatory tour and interview. After those requirements are met, you will be notified the admissions decision. If there is a lottery, plan on attending. If your daughter’s lottery ID number is selected, your student would have a spot. If your daughter is not selected in the lottery she will be placed on the waiting list.

14. What happens if I have already missed the application period and the lottery has already been conducted?

You may still submit an application for admission. If your daughter is eligible she will be placed on the waiting list.