Delaware girl’s charter school to close

 (Photo courtesy of Reach Academy for Girls)

(Photo courtesy of Reach Academy for Girls)

Reach Academy for Girls will close at the end of the school year after the state Department of Education decided not to renew the school’s charter.

Education Secretary Mark Murphy announced the decision during the State Board of Education’s meeting this afternoon.

Reach Academy for Girls, a K-8th grade school, opened in 2010 and was put on probation by the board in 2011 because of poor academic performance.

Last week, DOE’s Charter School Accountability Committee voted not to recommend the charter renewal of Reach because the school was not meeting the standards of the Academic Performance Framework.

Data showed proficiency levels fall “far” below the standard and student achievement is among the lowest in the state, according to DOE.

The school will host a meeting for parents on Thursday Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. to discuss the next steps.

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