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Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina Advances to State Board of Education for Charter School Consideration


Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, Inc. (B&GH), a non-profit organization offering in-home and out-of-home placements for vulnerable children, announces today that its Flemington Academy has advanced to the State Board of Education (SBE) where decision makers will determine whether or not to grant the academy a charter.

Lake Waccamaw, NC, August 02, 2012 --(PR.com)-- Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, Inc. (B&GH), a non-profit organization offering in-home and out-of-home placements for vulnerable children, announces today that its Flemington Academy has advanced to the State Board of Education (SBE) where decision makers will determine whether or not to grant the academy a charter.

The announcement comes after the July 17th meeting of the North Carolina Public Charter School Advisory Council (PCSAC) in which Flemington Academy was recommended to advance to the SBE by a 14 to 1 vote.

“The goal of Boys of Girls Homes has always been to put children first. And, Flemington Academy fits that model of care perfectly,” says David Passmore, vice president of residential services. “We can better serve the needs of our at-risk students and day students as a charter school with an integrated learning approach that is student-centered, technology-driven and career-minded.”

A final determination will be made by the SBE in September. If approved, Flemington Academy will open its doors in September 2013.

The academy’s mission is to provide individualized education in a strength based approach that addresses students’ unique learning styles, cultivates lifelong learning and promotes the building of character, allowing them to give back to their communities in a meaningful way.

The tuition-free, public/private school will operate on an open enrollment and offer 220 days of educational instruction instead of the traditional 180. Teachers and staff will receive special training in working with students—both on-campus residents as well as students from the region—who may require behavioral and emotional interventions.

Flemington Academy’s educational model is designed based on the Responsiveness to Instruction (RtI) delivery system, coupled with the Professional Learning Community foundation. This design requires that assessment data be used to determine each child’s unique Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or Individualized Action Plan (IAP). Each student’s individualized plan will include strategies and a timeline for the integrated approach of Career Technical Education (CTE) classes. This CTE integration of instruction will provide students with opportunities for community-based internships and/ or postsecondary experiences while in high school.

Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, Inc. has been helping children since 1954. Since then, thousands of children have benefited by the services of the not-for-profit, 501(c)3 agency. Its mission is to provide a comprehensive array of services for children and youth who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or other family dysfunction. B&GH offers adoption, family and therapeutic foster care as well as residential care on the campus at Lake Waccamaw, NC. Flemington Academy would replace the existing on-site middle and high school. The campus also features recreation facilities, a farm, chapel and cottage life. As many as 180 vulnerable children are cared for through residential and community-based services at any given time. B&GH is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA). To learn more, visit www.boysandgirlshomes.org.

Contact:
Kathy Stream
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, Inc.
910.646.3083, ext. 299
kathy.stream@bghnc.org
www.boysandgirlshomes.org
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