Charter schools to host fair at Northgate Mall

Jan. 20, 2014 @ 03:43 PM

Want to learn more about Durham’s charter schools?

Durham’s charter schools have joined forces to stage the first Durham Charter School Fair on Saturday from 10 a.m., to 2 p.m., at Northgate Mall’s Center Court.

The fair, hosted and organized by the Durham Charter Collaborative, will feature representatives from all charter schools across Durham County.

The representatives will answer questions about their learning models and curricula.

“This is a great opportunity for students and their families to visit with each and every Durham charter school and their representatives, all in one location,” Lisa Gordon Stella, vice president of  Maureen Joy Charter School, said in a statement.

The fair will include Reaching All Minds Academy, which was approved by the state Board of Education earlier this month.

The school, with a STEM theme (science, technology, engineering and math), is set to open in August with an enrollment of 144 students in grades K-3.

It will eventually serve students in grades K-5 in its facility on Holloway Street, which is scheduled for renovations.

“This is a perfect opportunity for families and their children to talk with our board members and staff from other charters schools in the area,” said Annie McKoy, chairwoman of the school’s board.

Charter schools are free public schools available to all students through a lottery system similar to magnet schools.

The state Charter School Advisory Board is weighing the applications of six new charter schools that want to open in 2015.

The following Durham Charter Schools will be on hand at the fair:

-- Carter Community School (K-8)

-- Central Park Charter (K-6)

-- Healthy Start Academy (K-8)

-- Institute for Development of Young Leaders (K-6)

-- Kestrel Heights Charter (K-12)

-- Maureen Joy Charter (K-8)

-- Reaching All Minds Academy (K-5)

-- Research Triangle Academy (K-8)

-- Research Triangle High School (9-11)

-- Voyager Academy (K-12)