When will Tapestry be open?
We will open in August 2014.
Where will Tapestry be located?
Tapestry is negotiating a rental agreement with Northeast Baptist Church, located at 4046 Chamblee Tucker Rd, Atlanta, GA 30340. The church has adequate space in their Education Building to accommodate the needs of our school. However, we will continue to seek a more permanent facility while there, including surplus buildings within the DeKalb County school system. We also welcome any leads from the community.
Will Tapestry Charge Tuition?
No. Tapestry is a public school, and there will be no tuition.
What is the difference between a public charter school and a traditional public school?
Quality charters provide parents and students with unique, creative, and innovative approaches to education. Those that submit petitions to start a charter school must demonstrate that their proposal does not replicate a program already available in the school system. They must also demonstrate they have the expertise and financial backing to successfully open and run the charter school. Parent participation is also an important element in charters. Many of the DeKalb County School District charters require parents to sign participation contracts to serve a certain amount of volunteer hours per school year.
Will Tapestry require school uniforms?
No, Tapestry will not require school uniforms. We understand that a student’s comfort impacts his/her ability to learn. Students will be asked to wear attire that does not interfere with the learning environment for other students.
What will class sizes be?
Because research supports small class sizes as the best learning environment, a priority is to keep a low student - teacher ratio. Class sizes will be fluid depending upon the subject being taught and the needs of the students in the class. All core classes will be co-taught by both a general education and a special education teacher to optimize differentiation and flexibility.
What grades will be Tapestry serve?
Tapestry will open in 2014 with grade 6, 7, 8 and will add a grade each year through the end of the five-year charter (Grade 9 in 2015, 10 in 2016, 11 in 2017, and 12 in 2018).
How will discipline be handled?
Discipline will be handled in accordance with our Student Code of Conduct with recognition that behavior is a form of communication often related to a regulatory issue or developmental deficit. Staff, teachers, parents, and students will work collaboratively to ensure effective communication, problem solving, and positive outcomes to any behaviors that disrupt the learning environment.
Will parents be required to volunteer?
Parents will be asked to contribute a certain number of volunteer hours. The number of volunteer hours expected as well as different opportunities for volunteering with be shared with parents prior to a student's enrollment. In no case will a student be penalized for his or her parents' inability to fulfill volunteer hours.
Will Tapestry comply with my child’s current IEP?
Every student enrolled at Tapestry with have a personal education plan. Any student who is selected by lottery to attend Tapestry will be allowed to enroll, and if that student has an Individualized Education Plan, it will be followed. IEPs will be developed collaboratively with members of the child’s IEP team. Tapestry staff will work closely with DeKalb County School System (DCSS) and families to ensure that every student is served in a DCSS school or setting that provides the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) for that child. If it is determined that the Tapestry model is not the LRE for a student, he/she will be afforded access to the school and/or setting within DCSS that provides the LRE for him/her.
What standardized tests will be required?
Tapestry will be a public charter school and must comply with all state-mandated testing. However, we recognize that all assessment instruments have inherent limitations and that standardized measures alone cannot provide a full picture of a student’s ability, knowledge, or progress. Therefore, student learning will be assessed using a range of instruments, such as portfolio pieces, summative assessments, and student-based projects.
What if my child excels in one area but is deficient in another area?
Each student enrolled will have a personal education plan designed to build on strengths while supporting deficits. Through the use of these plans, an RTI framework, enrichment, multi-age classrooms, a positive school culture, and a supportive learning environment, students will have the greatest ability to meet their full potential.
How will you teach to the individual child?
Upon enrollment, families will be asked to complete comprehensive intake forms, and an assessment will be done in order to develop a comprehensive learning profile and personal education plan for every student. Teachers will be trained in the principles of Universal Design for Learning in order to differentiate instruction and alter educational strategies to support the needs, gifts, and learning styles of the individual child. Tapestry will utilize multi-age classrooms and teacher looping to provide for the most flexible learning environment.
Why would a parent choose to send a typically-developing child to Tapestry?
Tapestry strives to offer a positive school culture and ideal educational setting for all students. In addition to the individualized attention children will receive, they will develop tolerance, self-esteem, and compassion for others in a safe and nurturing environment. The development of unique talents and skills and positive character building, which are central in Tapestry programming, are especially important during the challenging adolescent years. Furthermore, Tapestry’s commitment to physical exercise and the arts, programs that are often cut in traditional educational environments, will make us unique. Supported by a partnership with the Alliance Theater, Tapestry will offer performance arts for all students, including theater camps, an afterschool drama program, and community performance opportunities.
How many students will Tapestry serve?
In order to create a strong community and learning environment supportive of every student, limited school and class size will be critical. Each grade will have two classes of 16 students per grade, i.e., 32 students per grade, and we will serve 224 students at capacity. Ultimately, Tapestry hopes to create an inclusion school model that can be replicated in DeKalb as well as in other school systems.
How will admissions be handled?
As with all public schools, Tapestry may not enroll students based on race, gender, or academic ability. Admissions will be free and open to students residing in the DeKalb County school district. Open enrollment will be held from January 16 – March 14, 2014. During this time, a family may enroll their child by downloading an application from the website, printing and filling it out, and mailing it to our PO Box address. Families may also fill out the application online. This application will be available on our website by January 16. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of spaces available in a given grade, a lottery will be held on March 17, 2014. The location and time will be announced, and the lottery will be open to the public. If a student is selected, any siblings he/she has that desire to attend will also be provided space. Once the school is at capacity, the remaining names will be chosen and divided into grade level waiting lists. If there is no waiting list, students will be taken on a first come, first served basis.
- We will enroll 96 students for the 2014 – 2015 school year:
These are the only grades we will serve in the first year. 9th will be added in 2015, 10th in 2016, 11th in 2017, and 12th in 2018, making us a 6 – 12 school by the 4thyear. Students who are enrolled this year will be afforded a seat in subsequent years and will not need to reapply.
- 32 students in 6th grade
- 32 students in 7th grade
- 32 students in 8th grade
- Because we already have more applicants than seats, we will be holding a public lottery on March 17th at 9:30 am in the Auditorium of the Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore Street, Decatur, GA 30030. The Auditorium is located downstairs. You do NOT need to be present in order for your child to participate in the lottery, but you are invited to attend. Each child will be assigned a number, and numbers will be selected randomly by an independent party (a GA Charter Schools representative), starting with the 6th grade. Once the 32 seats per grade have been filled, we will continue drawing numbers in order to populate our wait list.
- The results of the lottery will be announced live as well as posted on our website the evening of March 17th. Additionally, parents of selected students will be notified via email and sent an enrollment packet to complete.
- You must reside within the DeKalb County School District to be enrolled at Tapestry. We are required to share our student population with the county by the end of March. For this reason, families MUST present proof of residency, their child’s enrollment packet, and other required documents NO LATER THAN March 25, 2014. Again, families must provide proof of residency by March 25, 2014 or their child cannot be enrolled at Tapestry. After the lottery, we will inform parents of the dates, times, and location where they will be able to bring enrollment materials on or before March 25th.
If I want my child to attend Tapestry, do I also need to enroll him/her through the DeKalb County School Choice Open Enrollment?
No. In order to apply to Tapestry, parents will only need to fill out our application.
May I apply to Tapestry and also enter my child in another lottery through the DeKalb County School Choice Open Enrollment?
Yes. You may do both.