First all-boys Metro charter school likely to be approved

Monday, June 27, 2011 at 1:05pm

A single-gender male charter school that had its application denied by the Metro Nashville Board of Education in May has now been recommended for approval.

Boys Preparatory, which would be located in southeast Davidson County and cater to students in grades seven through 12, had its application rejected by the school board one month ago when three other charters were approved.

But the school’s founders have since tweaked their application and aligned the school’s academic requirements with state mandates, compelling the board’s Charter Review Committee to recommend the school board sign off on the charter proposal at Tuesday’s meeting. Boys Prep, set to open for the 2012-13 school year, would be Metro’s first exclusively single-gender school.

“We’ve had a great deal of improvements,” said Carol Swann, the district’s coordinator of charter schools. “They really did a good job, we felt like, in helping the committee understand a little bit more about, for instance, how boys learn differently and what this school was going to do to address that.”

When Boys Prep and three other charters open in 2012, Metro will have 15 operating charters, which are publicly financed but privately operated.

Though Boys Prep hasn’t secured a property, Swann said the school could locate inside the Boys & Girls Club building on Thompson Lane. With a student body likely to be predominantly Hispanic, Boys Prep has developed partnerships with groups such as Nashville-based Conexion Americas, the school board’s agenda reads.

Swann said Boys Prep would kick off by bringing in seventh- and eighth-grade students its inaugural year before ushering in one grade at a time in the years following.

Daniel Crews, portfolio manager for the Tennessee consolidated retirement system, is Boys Prep board chair. Martin Kennedy, a Middle Tennessee State University professor, is another founder. 

11 Comments on this post:

By: chachachat on 6/27/11 at 7:14

OMG! You are kidding right? A charter school for low-achieving illegals (future and present Gang Bangers). Put all those hispanics together and what kind of social experiment are you conducting. Tax dollars going to this. Have we lost our minds? What about assimilation? Nashville you are a joke!

By: tomba1 on 6/28/11 at 3:35

We should avoid Bransford Avenue in case the board's stupidity becomes contagious. But, it is all our fault. Since we put them there, perhaps we are already infected !

By: bfra on 6/28/11 at 4:03

Local gov. & up have fixed it, so legal taxpaying citizens are just pawns for paying the upkeep of illegals & refugees. All the money spent on these EL classes are draining money that should be going for the legal taxpaying citizen's children's education. If the illegal parents, were worth a grain of salt, their children would know English before school age.

By: HowardJones on 6/28/11 at 7:14

Amazingly Ignorant Comments! (AIC) If only the Native Americans would have prohibited or allowed your ancestors to starve to death. If only the original inhabitants of this land would have united to deal with the violent invaders.
What if the ones you are talking about become the majority and decide to remember the atrocities of your ancestors? Please let us move toward the unity of humanity. Please let us move to become the UNITED STATES for ALL. This earth does not belong to you but to ALL of US.

By: bfra on 6/28/11 at 8:34

Howard - As I am part Native American and my ancestors had a lot of things prohibited, I have the right as an American Citizen to expect ALL to obey our LAWS. That said & if they did, we wouldn't have any ILLEGALS, now would we? Do you always stand up for law breakers & criminals?

By: girliegirl on 6/28/11 at 9:00

This sounds wrong on sooooooooooo many levels.

By: karlwithak on 6/28/11 at 10:32

Girlie...Aren't you one of those who wants the Fairgrounds to go away ?

I'm glad to see you're seeing exactly what is planned for South Nashville. Hope Colby likes soccer and speaks spanish.

It's all about the growing immigrant community, check the master plan.

By: trtay2004 on 6/28/11 at 11:05

People - this is not about illegals so quit your ignorant rants. This is a charter school - educate yourself and google the definition. These are tax paying parents that can choose where they want their children to go based on the training or special programs at the school. Horrible reporting by the author of this article to imply this will 'likely' be largely Hispanic. There is no support or reason to believe that other than this will be largely Hispanic.

By: bartsdad on 6/28/11 at 11:41

kudos to trtay2004...truly ignorant posts...I'd want my kids separated from these mouth-breathers as well. To not see this (even if it WERE mainly Hispanic children) as a way to PREVENT gang-bangers...these idiots wouldn't see it.

By: bfra on 6/28/11 at 11:44

trtay - NOT ignorant rants, just FACTS. Where did you get your information, that you think you know more than this article? How do you know these are taxpaying parents?

By: luvslife51 on 6/28/11 at 5:15

Wonders how many on here have their own business ?