ROWLETT – Sept 17, 2013 – The Men & Ladies of Honor, Inc, a Rowlett-based youth character education program, learned last week that its application for a charter school in Rowlett fell 11 points short of approval on its first attempt, despite overwhelming local support from the community and public officials.
“The scoring process is highly subjective,” said Bracy Wilson of HelpCharters, who has been engaged to guide the sponsoring organization through the process.
Wilson said the evaluators questioned the need for a charter school in the Rowlett/Rockwall area. “But I have never seen a stronger case for community support. This application was solid and so was the team representing it.”
“We are going to regroup and press forward,” said TMOH President Tony Rorie, indicating they would file a revised application for the next deadline in February. “We have great confidence in succeeding the next time around.”
The proposed charter school, American Honor Academy, will serve grades K-12, in a leased facility at 6005 Dalrock Road in Rowlett.
The Men and Ladies of Honor character education program involves weekly instruction and mentoring, with weekend camps and community service activities. The core values – Character, Honesty, Integrity and Perseverance – will be a major part of the American Honor Academy’s philosophy, promoting a culture of excellence in everyday campus life. Boys and girls ages 11-17 who are interested in the program may currently attend the free character education classes every Wednesday night at 5:15 at 6005 Dalrock Road in the high school building.
Leadership Development is a priority, with an emphasis on community involvement. AHA’s education plan is centered on a STEM-based curriculum; incorporating fine arts and a dual-credit plan partnership with Eastfield College.
TMOH will host a series of public hearings in the near future to begin the next application process, inviting the public to learn more about the school and its sponsoring organization. For ongoing updates or more information, visit americanhonoracademy.org.
For more information on the sponsoring organization, visit themenofhonor.org.
Submitted by Shelley Edwards, Director of Community Relations, The Men and Ladies of Honor.
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