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 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? Each family is required to contribute a minimum of 16 hours of service per school year. It is recommended that 8 hours be applied to supporting CGLA and 8 hours be applied to supporting their child academically. The service hours are a requirement per family, not per student, and can be completed with the help of multiple family members (18+years of age). All service hours must be completed by April 1st of each school year. Volunteer hours are reviewed annually.
9. Do you have sports? Yes! CGLA launched an athletics program in fall 2011 and offers basketball, volleyball and softball, with additional sports under consideration for spring 2013.
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 enrollment 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 enrollment period to find out if a lottery is required. If there is no lottery, you must register your daughter, attend parent orientation; purchase a uniform, and be ready for the first day of school. If there is a lottery, plan on attending. If your daughter’s lottery ID number is selected, you must register your daughter, attend parent orientation; purchase a uniform and be ready for the first day of school. 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 enrollment 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.