Mountain Education Center Receives Charter Status

The Georgia Mountain Education Center now has a new name.

This week, the school announced it is now the Mountain Education Charter High School.   Mountain Education Charter High School is a collaborative effort of Fannin, Gilmer, Lumpkin, Pickens, Towns, Union and White County School Systems.   They also operate sites in Habersham and Stephens Counties.

 The school’s public relations director, George Conner, said the new charter status will give the school greater flexibility.

 “That means we have some flexibility in our attendance,” explained Conner. “We have an attendance waiver to help the kids be better able to attend. We also have more flexibility to work around the state guidelines to help the kids obtain their diploma.”

Mountain Education Charter High School is designed to help students  complete their high school education and graduate who, for various reasons, may not be able to attend a traditional high school.

The school also helps students who need to make-up missed credit from their regular high school, enabling them to stay on academic track and graduate with their peers.

Conner said they are seeing a steady growth in their schools as more teens opt for the non-traditional classroom.

“We have 1,200 kids enrolled and we’re trying to find more students who need this kind of learning environment,” Conner said. “We have about 350 students now at the Toccoa campus.”

Students, Conner said, may enroll at any time all year long. 

As in other states where charter schools are allowed, charter schools in Georgia are part of the public school system, but are not subject to some of the rules, statutes and regulations that apply to traditional public schools, and they are not allowed to charge tuition.

The Toccoa campus serves students in Stephens, Franklin, Banks, and Hart counties.  More information on the alternative, charter high school can be found online at www.mountaineducationcenter.net.