Horse Creek Academy teachers head back to school
Student academic achievement is the goal for the 2018-19 school year at Horse Creek Academy.
Executive Director Dr. Frank Roberson welcomed the faculty, staff and board members back to campus Thursday for the charter school’s first convocation, saying the focus is on academic excellence.
“Our focus this year is to initiate a trend for results, especially in student achievement,” Roberson said. “Each academic class aims to have at least 90 percent of the students to meet a performance standard of 90 percent or higher. We want our teachers to embrace the attitude that we’re looking for results. That’s our whole emphasis. We want results.”
About 700 students in grades kindergarten through eighth are expected when Horse Creek Academy starts classes Tuesday.
One change parents and students will notice immediately is enhanced safety in the school’s car line when the year starts.
“The paving of the driveway is going to help us tremendously,” Roberson said. “We’ll put out cautions along the way to monitor the travel flow of parents dropping students off and picking them up.”
At charter schools, parents and guardians must provide transportation.
The school also has a new director of fine arts, Brandon Ball, to oversee the choral and drama programs.
Adding a high school continues to be one of the academy’s long-term goals, Roberson said.
“Our theme is better before bigger,” he said. “That’s the reason for the emphasis on academic results.”
During the convocation, the school’s board members greeted faculty and staff, and Mary Thomas, a retired math teacher at Silver Bluff High and an author, spoke. Former NFL player Troy Williamson, who was one of Thomas’ students at Silver Bluff, also spoke.
After 34 years in education, Roberson said the first day of school still excites him.
“Watching the students come in with a mindset to learn – that’s always exciting,” he said. “You can see they want to get back in the classroom and pick up where thy left off at the end of the last school year.”
Horse Creek Academy is chartered by the Aiken County Public School District.