Academy has been established to meet the educational needs primarily
of two groups of children: those children who have been placed at Grandfather
Home for Children and children from the local area who need this specialized
education. The children at Grandfather Home have become estranged from
their families by emotional, sexual or physical abuse. One result of
the abuse is that they are not able to function appropriately in a typical
public school. Each child will have an Individual Education Plan (IEPs
for Special Education students and IEGs for all other students). These
will take into account the child's strengths and weaknesses with the
educational program focusing on improving skills. Grandfather Academy
students will be grouped with the same peers in their treatment group;
others will be placed in the group appropriate for his/her needs. The
Academy will focus not only on helping students make satisfactory educational
progress but will also help them become prepared to function in a public
school. The students of Grandfather Academy need to have the best possible
educational experiences to help them overcome past traumas and be successful
in their lives. A charter school designed to meet the needs of these
children and others with similar adjustment problems offers the best
hope for their future.
The school calendar
of Grandfather Academy will include 210 instructional days each academic
year. The instructional program is designed to facilitate learning for
each individual student to their maximum abilities. All instructors
use various curriculum design and methods to best accomplish the learning
needs of the individuals. All classrooms are self-contained. Ages and
levels of academic achievement will vary in each classroom. Each child's
IEP (Special Education) or IEG will define his/her academic needs. From
this plan the teacher in concert with therapeutic staff will work to
nurture and stimulate the child's interest in learning. The use of current
educational materials, computer learning and enhancement experiences
within the North Carolina Standard Course of Study are part of the model
of learning at Grandfather Academy.
school will not discriminate against any student on the basis of ethnicity,
national origin, religion, gender, or disability.
-The school will admit students in the local LEA who have the needs
that can be met and provided by the Academy.
-A screening process will be in effect to insure that applicants to
the Academy have an assessed need for the special services and therapeutic
program that are integrated parts of daily classroom activities.
-If more students apply and qualify for the program than the school
can accommodate, a fair and equitable system of selection will be implemented.
-When possible, preference will be given to children who are in out-of-home
-Overflow applicants will be selected on the basis of need, and then