A board that oversees the state’s charter public schools has revoked the charter of the South Carolina Calvert Academy.
The decision by the South Carolina Public Charter School District Board of Trustees was made after the the school’s administrators made a last-ditch effort to convince the board to let them remain open after this academic year.
The charter board is not part of the state Education Department.
In announcing the panel’s decision, the board said a thorough examination of the school’s performance demonstrated “poor academic results over multiple years.” The decision to close the academy at the end of this academic year was “in the best interest of students and its families,”the regulators said after the academy “failed to meet academic standards and were not in compliance with charter expectations.”
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The South Carolina Calvert Academy has been open since 2009. It has 205 students enrolled in the program this academic year, the board said in its news release.
On its website, the academy describes itself as a “a tuition-free public virtual charter school.” It offers online instruction from kindergarten through the eighth grade.
It is one of 35 public charter schools authorized to operate in South Carolina this academic year.
South Carolina Calvert Academy principal Alexandria Gillcrese released this statement in an email Thursday evening:
“South Carolina Calvert Academy's board, leadership and staff are deeply disappointed with and saddened by the South Carolina Public Charter School District's decision on the revocation of our charter. Our authorizer followed the process required by law to reconsider its decision, but we are not moved due to the strong evidence we presented to keep our school open. We plan to vigorously defend our school and are actively considering the next steps in the process.
“We will continue to provide an outstanding education to every child we have the privilege to serve each day through the remainder of the 2016-17 school year. Our utmost priority has always been and will continue to be the academic success of our students.”