By Denise Dick
In its eighth year of operation, Stambaugh Charter Academy has earned an award from its management company, recognizing its enrollment and attrition.
The Donald Avenue school, which opened in 2006 and houses students in kindergarten through eighth grade, saw an increase of 50 students between last school year and this school year. The school received an Eagle Award from National Heritage Academies, its management company, earlier this month.
“We were one of the schools that made one of the larger [enrollment] increases,” said Principal Alan Harper.
The school has 487 students.
Stambaugh is one of three NHA schools to win the Enrollment and Attrition Award for the 2012-13 school year. It’s the first year the school has won the award.
Harper views the attrition numbers as an indication of families’ support of the education the school is providing to the students.
With so many transient families in the city, few students remain in the school from kindergarten through eighth grade. But Harper said the school cut its attrition to about 19 this year from a high of 26 percent in previous years.
Besides the enrollment and attrition strides, Harper said the school has seen progress in academics, too. From fall 2012 to spring 2013, the school reported an academic growth rate of 183 percent.
Extracurricular activities from girls volleyball to girls and boys basketball to robotics and a peer-leadership program offer opportunities for students outside the classroom, the principal said.
“We are proud to know our students and their families are happy with our school and want to stay,” he said. “Our entire staff works hard to make sure students are meeting academic expectations, we maintain open communications with our parents, and the students feel at home when they are here.”
NHA has 76 schools in nine states.