These openings will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. Brighten typically has 250 students on its waiting list, said spokesman Scott Powers.
The public is invited to Brighten’s middle school open house Monday, Sept. 10, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Brighten Academy is at 3264 Brookmont Parkway, Douglasville, GA 30135.
The school has a focus on smaller classes and fine arts with an artist in residence instructing the students.
It is a public school and a charter school. There is no cost to attend Brighten. Admission is open to any Douglas County student in kindergarten through eighth grades.
Students are selected via a lottery so it is equally accessible to any family. There is no bus service for Brighten so parents are responsible for transportation. Parents commit to 20 hours of service to Brighten each year.
Brighten recently announced plans to seek a new home that will significantly enhance its ability to serve student’s extracurricular needs, especially for middle school students. Plans include a gymnasium, more accessible parking lot, expanded room for our art, music, and foreign language classes, a new computer lab, cafeteria and stage, Powers said.
As the first charter school in Georgia founded by teachers, the passion to nurture success of every student is unyielding. The charter school environment allows teachers to meet every child where they are when they come to Brighten, and tailor the curriculum to ensure each child’s individual success.
Brighten’s first eighth grade class will graduate from high school this year. Douglas County’s International Baccalaureate program is recognized as one of the most rigorous academic programs for high school students in the county. Last year 22 of the 25 students who applied from Brighten Academy were accepted into the IB program, Powers said.
Enrollment for the available slots in the current school year is open now.
Call (770) 615-3680 for more information.