MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - LEAD Academy, Montgomery’s first public charter school, is scheduled to open in August, school leaders announced Monday.
The school is scheduled to open Aug. 19 with 360 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. It will expand every year and eventually become a K-12 school.
“The people of Montgomery now have a choice," stated Will Webster, attorney for LEAD Academy.
The Alabama Public Charter School Commission approved LEAD Academy’s application in February 2018, but the Alabama Education Association challenged the decision. On March 8, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled in favor of LEAD Academy, allowing the school to move forward with plans to open.
LEAD Academy and the charter commission executed a contract on March 13.
Board Chair Charlotte Meadows confirmed the class size will be 24 students.
The application process for students is now open and will continue until sometime in May. Students in Montgomery will be given priority. Any additional spaces would then open to those outside Montgomery. Families can apply by visiting the LEAD Academy website. The school also plans to hold informational meetings for parents.
According to LEAD’s Ryan Cantrell, since the press conference Monday morning LEAD Academy has received nearly 150 student registrations.
The school is also looking to hire 17 teachers and administrative positions.
The school is located at the former Algernon Blair Building, which previously served as a bank headquarters, at 2897 Eastern Boulevard. The nearly 13-acre campus is made up of two brick buildings with 30,000 square feet of space.