The North Carolina Charter School Advisory Board recently recommended PEAK (Prepare and Empower to Achieve through Knowledge) Academy, a proposed charter school, to open in August 2021.
Charter Advisory Board members had concerns, including whether or not the school would be able to find an affordable building within the budget. PEAK board members said entities like the Housing Authority of the City of Asheville may be able to assist with building needs.
The other concern was the proposed charter school’s name. There is a PEAK Charter Academy in Apex.
The aim of the proposed school is to focus on overcoming academic disparities that stem from race and economics.
“I do feel that the opportunity gap is the most acute problem that is facing our community,” PEAK Academy Board member Joe Lordi told the advisory board. “I do know that it’s solvable and I do feel that PEAK Academy can be a powerful part of this.”
PEAK Academy will eventually be K-8, but will start as K-2 and add a grade each year. The school is aiming for a total of 400 students.
There is currently only one charter school in Asheville, Francine Delaney New School for Children. It has a student enrollment of approximately 200.