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Guam Charter Schools Celebrate Expansion and Support

Guam Charter Schools Celebrate Expansion and Support

July 12, 2016

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is pleased to welcome the island territory of Guam as one of the nation’s most recent entities to recognize charter schools and their ability to provide increased educational opportunity for students. The island passed its first charter school law in 2009 and opened the doors to its first charter school, Guahan Academy Charter School, in 2013. As is done in the United States, Guam began celebrating the annual National Charter School Week in 2015. The charter movement in Guam is gaining momentum as Guahan Academy will celebrate its first graduating class and the island’s second charter school, iLearn Academy Charter School, will round out its first full school year in operation.
Guahan Academy has recently acquired a 15.5-acre plot of land to relocate to for the 2017-18 school year. The land purchase is significant for a few reasons. The school is no longer subject to finite lease agreements and can establish permanent roots in the community. Additionally, having such a sizeable space for the school to call its own creates a healthy foundation for expansion. The school has been approved for a population of 1,050 students once the new campus opens. This is up from the 500 pupil cap mandated when the school opened in 2013, as well as from the 740 pupil cap placed on the upcoming 2016-17 school year. The new campus plans to include state of the art facilities such as a fine arts center, gym, library, auditorium and several new classrooms. Guahan Academy has been celebrated for achieving excellent results on the SAT-10 for the 2014-15 school year. The school’s second and third grade students scored in the top third percentile when compared to all other Guam schools. Although it’s first graduating class was only comprised of two graduates, both were productively employed in their desired fields before graduating due to the on-the-job training and academic support they received from the charter school’s programs. The school touts a competency based learning model that focuses on a direct instruction approach. It also offers personalized scheduling, special projects and guided individualized learning, as well as close progress tracking in order to meet each student’s personal needs. Guam’s second charter school, iLearn Academy Charter School, opened in January 2015 and serves grades kindergarten through fifth grade. The school has a strong STEM emphasis, with a particular focus on technology and robotics. Both charter schools provide students with transportation, special needs services and second language services.

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