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State OKs Halls 4 charter school bids
Chestatee Middle, Martin, McEver and Wauka Mountain elementaries earn status, flexibility
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Hall County Schools welcomed four more charter schools to its ranks Thursday when the Georgia Board of Education approved the proposals during its monthly meeting.

The count rises to four as Chestatee Middle School, Martin Elementary School, McEver Elementary School and Wauka Mountain Elementary School join the Chestnut Mountain World Language Academy, Lanier Charter Career Academy and Sardis Enrichment School.

“Congratulations to these charter schools which join our already existing charter schools,” Hall County Schools Superintendent Will Schofield said.

The school system is pushing toward more schools becoming specialized as charter schools are given flexibility with funding and regulations.

Chestatee Middle School is now the Chestatee Academy of Inquiry and Talent Development and will develop interest groups to encourage engagement with students. Project SOAR (Seeking Out Authentic Relationships) clusters students into common areas of interest, and students learn by creating projects based on the interest.

Martin Elementary School is now Martin Technology Academy of Math and Science, forming a partnership with the Dell Corporation.

Using a wireless cloud environment, personal responders, smart boards and slates will help students engage with mathematics, science and engineering. Students will use computers to plan science experiments, collect data, write reports and conceptualize products.

McEver Elementary School is now McEver Arts Academy, which engages students through dance, music, movement, drama and visual art. Students develop creativity, inquiry and self-esteem by creating projects with the different art forms.

Wauka Mountain Elementary School is now Wauka Mountain Multiple Intelligences Academy, which focus on verbal/linguistic, logical/mathematical, musical, visual, kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal and naturalist areas. Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy currently uses this model in the Gainesville City Schools district.