New Charter School Celebrates Grand Opening on First Day of School

Savannah- Chatham County’s newest school will open its doors to students on August 3, 2017 with a ribbon-cutting event at the school from 8:30-9:00 a.m. Susie King Taylor Community School (SKTCS) is located at 1709 Bull Street, Savannah, GA.

The school will open in a beautiful building, circa 1904, that most recently housed Notre Dame Academy. The community will gather on August 3 to welcome 180 arriving students and launch Susie King Taylor Community School’s first academic year.

Susie King Taylor Community School offers a unique opportunity for students in grades K-4 in Savannah-Chatham County. Its instructional model is student-centered, collaborative, active, and discovery driven. At SKTCS students are supported to form and explore their own questions, conduct real experiments, read books they love, work on teams to solve problems, and spend time diving deep into their personal interests.

Its emphasis on place-based education and basis in the Peaceful Schools model sets it apart from other schools in the area, offering parents and students a unique educational choice. Grades 5 and 6 will be added in the fall of 2018, with grades 7 and then 8 opening in the following years.

What began as a collaborative effort between local parents and community members wishing to rethink how education can serve area youth, SKTCS has grown into a community movement, with students, teachers, parents, neighbors, friends and community partners supporting the effort, including improvement of the building and grounds, and participation in open houses and get-togethers. Quickly reaching full enrollment of 180 students during the spring of 2017, SKTCS opens its doors staffed with exciting and innovative teachers and administrators.

Dr. Latrisha Chattin, School Director, had this to say about the event: “I am enthusiastic to begin this year with a dedicated and passionate faculty and parents who are so committed to education that they painted the classrooms themselves. Susie King Taylor is truly the embodiment of a community school.”

Savannah’s Mayor, City Council, members of the SCCPSS board and other community leaders have been invited to attend.

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