The open application period begins February 7 at 12 a.m. and ends March 30 at 11:59 p.m. Interested families may complete an online application or paper applications are available from the Otis Redding Foundation office, located at 339 Cotton Avenue, Macon, GA. All applications, regardless of submission method (electronically or hand-delivered), must be received by the deadline.
DREAM Academy is a state charter school of choice, meaning any student in grades K-6 residing in the state of Georgia may apply to attend.
No, charter schools are public schools and do not charge tuition.
An application does not guarantee acceptance to DREAM Academy. Acceptance into the school is through a random selection process. If the number of applications for a specific grade exceeds available openings in that grade, a lottery will be held. Once the number of available spots is filled, the remaining students will be randomly selected for their position on a waitlist.
Available spots are determined by grade. If the number of applications for a specific grade exceeds available openings in that grade, a lottery is held. The lottery is drawn by grade, beginning with kindergarten and ending with 6th grade until all spots are filled. A certified third-party entity will conduct and certify the lottery.
Every student with a complete application submitted by the deadline is entered into the lottery. All names, regardless of day or time of applying, have an equal chance of being selected. In other words, an application submitted on February 7 has the same chance of acceptance as an application submitted on March 30.
The names drawn during the lottery will be offered a seat at DREAM Academy for the following year but must confirm their spot within two weeks of being notified of their acceptance. If students do not accept their spot, students on the waitlist will be offered a seat in the classroom. Read more about the lottery date, time and location in the Enrollment, Lottery and Wait List procedures.
Priority for enrollment is given in accordance with the charter contract, approved by the state. Enrollment priority is given to the following groups of applicants and in the following priority:
Students selected through the random lottery are given two weeks to confirm their acceptance. If students do not accept their spot, students from the waitlist will be offered the opportunity to enroll, in the order they were placed on the waitlist. These students will have a set time period in which to complete the enrollment process before the open spot is offered to the next name on the wait list. Wait list positions are not secured from year to year.
Any student who applies after the lottery has taken place will complete a wait list application. Additional wait list applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and will be placed on the wait list in the order received after lottery placement.
A state charter school is a public school of choice that operates under the terms of a charter, or contract, with the State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia. They are governed by an independent, non-profit board of directors rather than a local board of education. While charter schools have some flexibility when it comes to state and local school regulations, they are still required to teach the Georgia standards, and they receive this flexibility in exchange for a higher degree of accountability for academic achievement, sound financial management and organizational stability.
DREAM Academy will provide an arts-and music-integrated curriculum through project-based learning to build students’ capacity for conceptual thinking, inquiry, analysis, interpretation, self-expression and self-esteem.
Beginning in August 2018, DREAM will serve grades K-6. Each year the school will be expanded by one grade level to ultimately create a K-12 school.
DREAM Academy is proud to offer a choice to parents and students in the Macon-Bibb community and surrounding areas. Families can choose DREAM regardless of their zip code. Additionally, because of the flexibility from certain state and local regulations, DREAM is able to customize its curriculum to offer an innovative education that expands access to music, creative arts, leadership and entrepreneurship programming enabling students to express a deeper understanding of academic subject matter.
Transportation is not provided. Families who enroll their children at DREAM are responsible for making arrangements for their own transportation.
The school will be located at 151 Madison Street, Macon, GA 31201
Because charter schools are public schools, they must adhere to the same open admission and enrollment standards as traditional public schools. Charter schools may not select their students or deny admission to any applicant as long as there is space for that student within the school’s approved capacity. Charter schools are not allowed to have admission criteria such as passing a test or having a certain grade point average.
Charter schools are typically granted certain legally allowable enrollment preferences outside of the random lottery process. Allowable preferences typically include siblings of an enrolled student, a student whose parent or guardian is a member of the governing board or is a full-time teacher, professional or other employee at the school.
The DREAM board is composed of talented and experienced community members who each bring a distinct skill set that meets a need for the school and who are passionate about the mission of DREAM. Our board members reside in various counties around the state to represent our school’s broad geographic reach. Currently, the board includes: Paula Adams, Karla Redding-Andrews, Betsy Fitzgerald, Teresa Griffith, Myrtle Habersham, Cass Hatcher, Sharon Hutchings, Blake Lisenby, Lisa Love, Eric Manson, Elbert McQueen, Starr H. Perdue, Tim Regan-Porter. Read more about each board member.
The idea to create a school to integrate music and arts into a rigorous curriculum was a vision from the success of music programs provided through the Otis Redding Foundation. Although the Otis Redding Foundation is an important strategic partner of DREAM Academy, it is one of many. At DREAM, we believe parents and community partners play a vital role in the life of the school and are always looking for additional partners to join us, so we can continue to provide the best resources, tools and strategies to expand our students’ learning experiences.