Guam – The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $600,000 grant to Guam’s first charter school.
The New Charter Schools Program Grant will be awarded to Guahan Academy Charter School in $200,000 increments over the next three years. The Planning and Implementation Grant can be used for startup costs during the first year and to fund activities related to the expansion of grades served by the school and to cover staff development expenses.
Guahan Academy Charter School is expected to open for the 2011-2012 academic year with 500 students in kindergarten to seventh grade. The school plans to expand by one grade each year through the 12th grade. The school will be operated by the National Institue for Direct Instruction and will use Direct Instruction Programs in English, Literature and Mathematics as its core curriculum with additional courses in science, music, art and physical education.