Charleston, WV - It's official. West Virginia Academy's charter was approved by the West Virginia Professional Charter Board this morning, setting the stage for the public charter school to open its doors in the Fall of 2022. "This is a really good day for West Virginia families, particularly families in Monongalia and Preston Counties, as there will now be a free public charter school in our community," said John Treu, President of West Virginia Academy. "Parents want choices in public education and I am excited that our school will be able to offer students in our community a meaningful choice in public education for the very first time in the history of the state of West Virginia."
West Virginia Academy will serve preschool through 9th grade in its first year and then plans to add a grade each year and graduate its first high school class in the Spring of 2026. Pre-registration for next fall is ongoing now. "Hundreds of students have already pre-registered and we anticipate that there will be many more now that our charter has been officially approved," said Treu. "We greatly appreciate the many families who believe in what we are doing as an institution and that want to be a part of something that will improve the face of public education in West Virginia."
"This is a great day for West Virginia students," said Senator Patricia Rucker, an ex-officio member of the professional board and the chair of the Education Committee in the West Virginia Senate. Committee members Adam Kissel and DeWayne Duncan expressed how pleased they were with the quality of the applicants overall. West Virginia Academy was the first-ever charter school applicant in West Virginia and is the first public charter school approved along with two other proposed brick-and-mortar schools. These two other approved schools will be located in Nitro West Virginia and the Eastern Panhandle in Jefferson county, WV, which is a suburb of Washington, DC.
Learn more about West Virginia Academy at WestVirginiaAcademy.org