Dear Amana Academy West Atlanta Families:
We hope this message finds you well and in good health. Over the past 12 months, our organization has worked diligently and intentionally to bring a new public school option to the families of West Atlanta and surrounds. As you know, this has been a challenging time for everyone. Despite our best efforts, we were unable to agree on lease terms for our first-choice facility, and the State Charter School Commission (SCSC) could not permit us to move forward with any of our backup sites. This means we must postpone opening our West Atlanta campus until the 2022-2023 school year—as we move toward this goal, we will work to rebuild your trust..
Since 2005, Amana Academy has been providing students from all types of backgrounds the opportunity to thrive. We are still eager to bring our 15 year history of excellence in project-based STEM education to families in and around West Atlanta. Unfortunately, this has been a tough year, and circumstances outside of our control prevent us from doing so for the 2021-2022 school year. We know this news comes as a disappointment to you and other prospective parents who are eagerly seeking a different approach to teaching and learning.
Our search for the best facility option in West Atlanta has been fraught with obstacles during these times of uncertainty. Amid these challenges our primary responsibility is to ensure the sustainability of our organization for future growth. We pursued a facility in the Bolton neighborhood, but the parties could not come to an agreement on the terms based on original assumptions—the timing and the access to resources to make it happen did not work out. And, while we had several back-up facilities identified, we were unable to move forward with any of them due to SCSC legal notification requirements and time constraints.
We want to rebuild your trust—our commitment to establishing a second campus in the West Atlanta area is still a priority for us. In partnership with the SCSC, we are working through a new solution for the 2022-2023 school year, but we will hold off on communicating further until it is solidified. In the meantime we have included some alternative charter school options for you to consider linked here.
Please know that it pains us to have to defer opening for another year. We hope you will continue to stay connected with us through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and our website. If you have any questions, please contact Principal Helené Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are so grateful for your ongoing interest in and support of Amana Academy. We look forward to sharing good news with you in the future.
Ehab Jaleel, Executive Director
Helene Brown, Principal