Baden (Pa.) Academy Charter School Proposed at Site of Former Mount Gallitzin Academy

12 Nov, 2009, 16:09 ET from Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School

AMBRIDGE, Pa., Nov. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In an effort to expand parental choice and offer enhanced educational opportunities for public school students in Beaver County, Pa., and the surrounding region, a group of parents, educators, and community members are planning to launch a new charter school beginning in the 2010-2011 school year.

With tentative plans to open next year for grades K-3, Baden Academy Charter School will offer a comprehensive, arts-infused elementary and middle school program (K-8) based on a classical education model. The school's Kindergarten will include a program for four-year-olds.

"Through a rigorous and challenging curriculum, a classical education model seeks to develop the whole child by equipping students with critical thinking skills, a passion for life-long learning, and a virtuous character," says Stephen Catanzarite, spokesman for the group.

Pending a lease agreement, the new charter school will be located in Baden at the Mount Gallitzin Academy site on the Motherhouse grounds of the Sisters of St. Joseph. Mount Gallitzin Academy was closed following the 2008-09 school year due to declining enrollment, changing demographics, and economic and financial considerations.

The new charter school would operate as an independent educational entity, separate and apart from the Sisters of St. Joseph. The Sisters of St. Joseph will not be involved with the proposed charter school; they will only be leasing the academy property to the new school.

The development of the application for Baden Academy Charter School was funded by the National Network of Digital Schools (NNDS). NNDS is a nonprofit management foundation that supports a variety of programs, services, and initiatives aimed at improving K-12 education, including the Lincoln Interactive online curriculum.

Following the procedure set forth by Pennsylvania's charter school law, the first step toward creation of the school will be submission of a comprehensive application to the Board of Education of the Ambridge Area School District this week. Ambridge will then have up to 45 days to hold a public hearing on the application. The district will then have up to 75 days approve or deny the application. If the application is denied, an appeal can be made to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Charter School Appeal Board, which could then approve the application.

SOURCE Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School