State Charter School Board Votes to Close Kairos Academy

State Charter School Board

June 20, 2017

For Immediate Release

Contact:  Jennifer Lambert, state charter school director

801-538-7817 ∙ jennifer.lambert@schools.utah.gov

 

 

 

 

State Charter School Board Votes to Close Kairos Academy

SALT LAKE CITY – Emphasizing the importance of educating underserved populations, the Utah State Charter School Board unanimously proposed to terminate the charter of Kairos Academy of West Valley City, noting concerns with low enrollment, poor student outcomes, and failure to achieve the school’s stated mission.

“We all wanted to see Kairos succeed,” said State Charter School Board Chair Kristin Elinkowski. “We think charter schools can fill a need by offering alternatives for underserved populations, including pregnant teens. Unfortunately, Kairos’ enrollment numbers, test scores, and graduation rates showed our Board that the school was not succeeding in serving these girls.”

Figures from the Utah State Board of Education show Kairos Academy, a grade 9-12 high school, had an enrollment of 93 students at the beginning of the 2016-17 school year; 60 of those students were seniors. SAGE test results and graduation rates were lower than alternative options already available to these students.

Kairos Academy has 15 days to request an informal hearing before the State Charter School Board. That hearing would have to be held within 30 days of the request. A decision from that hearing could be appealed to the Utah State Board of Education.

Utah State Charter School Director Jennifer Lambert said her office is prepared to help all Kairos students find schools for the 2017-18 school year. The Utah State Charter School Board is an independent charter authorizing board, tasked with effective oversight of charter schools.

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1 comment to State Charter School Board Votes to Close Kairos Academy

  • Nichole

    I’m a student at Kairos Academy and I’m begging, please don’t do this. I have looked into many other options and this is the only one that has helped me succeed. I had my son in 2015 as a freshman in high school and I’m currently on track to graduate in January 2018 and start my career as a nurse. They have provided me free child care which I can’t get anywhere else, and I’m absolutely not capable of paying for it with the part time job I have now. This school is amazing. This will take away so many opportunities for me and those other girls and children at Kairos. If Utah needs any school, it’s a school for teen mothers who actually want to succeed.