With the opening of a new charter school and higher enrollment in schools across the board, the SABIS® Network in the U.S. is bringing the high-quality SABIS® education to more than 9,000 students in the current academic year. These students are enrolled in 12 charter schools, 2 licensed schools, and 1 private school, all of which are actively supported in their efforts to change the world through education by SABIS® Educational Systems, INC.
Growth in the SABIS® U.S. network comes predominantly through the opening of one new school and the expansion of grade level offerings at another school. The newest school to join the network in the U.S. is the International Academy of Atlantic City Charter School (IAAC) located in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The public charter school opened its doors in September 2015 to 311 students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 and will add one grade each year until it becomes a full K-12 school. Further contributing to the network’s size in the U.S. is the addition of a preschool at the International Academy of Flint in Flint, Michigan.
The expansion of the facilities at two mature SABIS® Network schools in the U.S. further contributes to the network’s growth. The International Academy of Trenton Charter School (IAT), which is currently in its second year of operation, recently finalized the purchase of a new facility that will house its 450 students starting from September 2016 after renovations have been completed. A new facility for the Lowell Collegiate Charter School (LCCS) in Lowell, Massachusetts, rounds out the network’s building projects. LCCS students in K-5 are expected to move into a brand new, 66,413 square foot facility in January 2016.
A strong track record of performance has been driving network growth in the U.S. That track record also contributed to securing a number of charter renewals for existing schools. The SABIS® International Charter School (SICS) in Springfield, Massachusetts, the Holyoke Community Charter School (HCCS) in Holyoke, Massachusetts, and the SABIS® International School (SIS) in Phoenix, Arizona, all received charter renewals, which became effective on July 1, 2015. SICS and HCCS each received a five-year renewal, the maximum allowed in the state. SIS-Phoenix had its charter renewed for 20 years, assuring that their students will continue to receive a top-quality education that prepares them to meet the challenges of a changing world for years to come.
Rounding out the U.S. network expansion, Empowerment Academy, located in Jersey City, New Jersey, opened its doors at the start of the 2015-16 academic year. Empowerment Academy joins a growing network of SABIS® licensees in the network.
To be able to service the growing cluster of SABIS® Network schools on the U.S. East Coast, SABIS® Educational Systems, INC. recently established a regional office in Springfield, Massachusetts. This new office, which opened in August 2015, will serve as a geographical center for local corporate staff as well as facilitate the sharing of services and resources in and around the area.
As the network continues to grow in the U.S., SABIS® remains committed to ensuring that each and every school – whether private, charter, or licensed – continues to fully benefit from the proprietary products and services that SABIS® has to offer. “The future is bright for SABIS® charter school growth in the U.S.,” said Jose Afonso, Director of U.S. Business Development. “Charter school authorizers are seeking proven education service providers that are replicable across state borders and sustainable over time, and SABIS® fits the bill perfectly.”