An article in StateImpact, a collaboration of WFIU and Indiana Public Broadcasting stations to explain the effects of state education policy on people’s lives, includes an article about a school in Bloomington, Ind., seeking to gain charter authorization through Grace College and Seminary. A portion of the story appears below. Click here for the complete article.
Seven Oaks Classical School Seeks Charter Through New Authorizer
Seven Oaks Classical School in Bloomington continues in its pursuit to open in August 2016. School leaders are trying to gain a charter authorization, this time through Grace College and Seminary.
The Indiana Charter School Board denied Seven Oaks’ application last year. The school pulled its second application to the same board earlier this year.
If opened, Seven Oaks would teach students according to a “traditional, classical-liberal arts curriculum,” according to the proposed school’s website.
Terry English is a member of Seven Oaks’ board and says the group decided to pursue a charter with Grace College because they felt the college better understood the mission of Seven Oaks.
“There’s not as much of a political influence on the college, I think, as there is on the state board,” English says. “We believe that Grace College is more in line with the vision that we have for the school.”
Grace College currently authorizes two other charter schools in the state: Smith Academy for Excellence in Fort Wayne and Dugger Union Community School in Dugger.
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