SPARK has encountered unprecedented growth within the last 4 to 5 years. This has caused our school to outgrow the building. As a temporary means of relief Atlanta Public Schools along with Principal Harness discussed the importance and need of the Kindergarten center for SPARK. Temporarily moving our kindergarten students will allow for more space within the main campus building for continued growth until a decision on the Inman Middle School building is made in 2022. SPARK will have the Kindergarten Center temporarily for 3 years(2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023 school years).
SPARK is projected for 725 total students. 134 students are projected to be in Kindergarten.
1. Student/Teacher Ratio Increase
2. Lack of Physical Space in the building
3. Scheduling of classes are impacted(Specials, ESOL, EIP, Gifted)
4. Cafeteria Schedule is impacted where some students eat at 10am and other finish up at 1pm.
5. Other areas and scheduling of recess, bus transportation and carpool increases.
Yes. SPARK will function as a dual campus where all students are still SPARK students. Kindergartners will have field trips built within their schedule throughout the year where they will visit the main campus.
As with any dual campus, the K center will have access to all levels of support throughout the day. There will be a Program Administrator who will remain at the campus daily. The K center will also have a secretary and hourly Registered Nurse. There will be 6 full time Kindergarten teachers and 6 hourly paraprofessionals. A full time custodian and cafeteria manager will also be on campus daily.
Classes sizes are dependent upon overall student enrollment. Class sizes are also determined by square footage of the classrooms within the K center. We currently have 8 classrooms that could be used for our Kindergarten classes. The capacity at the K center is approximately 172 students.
K1 – 12 students(1/2 para)
K2 – 15 students(1/2 para)
K3 – 16 students(1/2 para)
K4 – 22 students(1 para)
K5 – 22 students(1 para)
K6 – 24 students(1 para)
K7 – 28 students(1 para)
K8 – 32 students (1.5 paras)
SPARK is projected for 134 Kindergarten students.
* Kindergarten appropriate furniture
* District will handle moving of furniture and teacher’s materials to the K Center
* SPARK PTO will purchase mobile Recordex boards for the classrooms. (8 total)
- All buses that are assigned to SPARK will drop K students off in the morning at the K center.
- Buses will circle back around to drop off all other grade levels to SPARK.
- PM – Students assigned buses will pick students up from K center and then head to SPARK to pick up other grade level students.
- Drop Off and Pick Up will happen at the K center.
- If you have children at both locations, drop off at Main campus first and then drop K students at the K center.
- If you are picking up students in the afternoon from both campuses, we recommend you pick up your Kindergarten student first and then come to main campus to pick up other students.
After School Daycare at SPARK (SPAS)
- Students will be picked up at the K Center by school bus and taken to the SPARK Afterschool Daycare
- If students are participating in a Club or Organization afterschool they will be transported to the main campus to participate in their club/organization. Parents will pick students up at the main campus.
After School Van Riders
- Students will be picked up at the K Center and taken to SPARK Main Campus. We will connect students to their correct afterschool van. (This is tentative as we will try to work with Afterschool Providers to pick students up from the K campus if possible).