Fulton Science Academy plans to expand private school: Up to 1,000 students expected



ALPHARETTA, Ga. – The Fulton Science Academy private school is pushing ahead with its private school option, with hopes of expanding into a new building, said Principal Kenan Sener.

“We enjoy being a private school,” Sener said. “The school is even stronger than before. That's how we see it.”

The Fulton Science Academy middle school was part of a larger public charter school – which included an elementary school and high school – until last year, when it lost its charter. Now it is a private school.

When the school converted to private, Sener said 60 percent of the students enrolled stayed on.

It offers pre-kindergarten to 8 grade classes currently, which Sener said he hopes to expand to grade 12 in the near future with a student body approaching 1,000. There are currently less than 200 students.

“We are still looking to move to a new location,” Sener said, adding that it will be close to the current site, on Hembree Road in Alpharetta.

He expects a decision on the new site this year, with construction beginning shortly after, with plans to open in time for the August 2014-15 school-year.

Since the change from a public charter school to a private school, Sener said one positive aspect is that admissions has been able to be more strict about prospective students.

“We only enroll advanced and gifted students,” he said.

By focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM, as Sener calls it), and limiting class sizes, the school hopes to increase its support in the community to help it expand.

For more information about the Fulton Science Academy, visit them online at www.fultonscienceacademy.org.

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