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Fulton Science Academy Shifts to Private

The Alpharetta school's charter ends this week as it shifts from a public middle school to a private Pre-K through 8th grade school charging $8,500 annual tuition.

's charter expires after Thursday, May 31, as the school continues its quest to reopen in the fall as a private school open to all students Pre-K through 8th grade in Georgia.

"In answer to the Governor's plea to have a science and math education in North Fulton County, FSA will remain open," said Tom Deeb, a school supporter.

According to Deeb, more than 130 student applications have been received since the school announced plans to go private. During the recently school year, approximately 500 students were enrolled.

The school will begin to send out acceptance letters today, March 29, which will include enrollment information. Private enrollment begins Wednesday, May 30, according to the Fulton Science Academy website. And online tuition payment should be available soon.

Tuition starts at $8,000 with another $300 in application and enrollment fees. A $500 discount is available for a family that enrolls and pays in full by June 1. The school provides a sliding scale of discounts based on how long it takes to pay tuition. To pay by month costs $800 for 10 months, June through March.

Enrolling a second child gets a discount as well, with the annual tuition $7,500 plus the same $300 in fees. But again there's a $500 discount by enrolling and paying in full by June 1.

Depending upon how many early enrollments and how may siblings apply, the tuition should bring in around $1 million annually with 130 students.

Likewise, enroll after June 1 and you'll pay another $500 per year.

"Open enrollment has begun so parents from all over Georgia are free to send their children to one of the few schools of excellence in the state," Deeb said in his email message about the school.

The school announced it is registered under Georgia GOAL Scholarship program, which allows state tax credits for scholarship donations.

The FSA Private School Financial Aid Application will be available its website soon. The financial aid requests will be determined starting in July 2012.

It also states on its website that it is an AdvancED accredited school.

Knobjuice May 29, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Too bad. Another great program ripped away from families who could truly benefit from FSA program, but cannot afford to pay middle school tuition. What about the new building? Do you have a new building? Is the staff going to remain the same? What about the smart kids who can afford tuition? Either take out loans (again, for middle school) to get shoved back into the already overcrowded Fulton County Schools?! What a treat! I'm glad that the wealthy can afford to keep the keys to the doors of opportunity while the rest of us sit on the outside looking in.
Bob May 30, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Please... Open your eyes, people! The FSAMS board wanted complete control with no oversight of how they were spending taxpayer dollars. And now, to continue to call themselves a blue ribbon school when most of the staff has left... clearly the Board founded a Gulen school utilizing taxpayer dollars... When they were called to account, they went "private"... I'm still waiting for that apology... Not holding my breath
Datch May 30, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Oh good grief. Enough with the propaganda "Bob."
sue June 01, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Drop the "gulen" propaganda crap "bob". Try to remember there are really awesome kids involved here.
JJ June 04, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Dhatch and Sue - it isn't propaganda. Brush up your critical thinking skills. Has it occurred to you that Bob is concerned about who's running the school these awesome kids attend and that's why he's speaking out?

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