Atlantis Charter School and Fall River Public Schools Form Partnership, Apply for $600,000 Grant
Fall River, MA, May 14, 2014 – Atlantis Charter School and the Fall River Public Schools announced today that they have formed a partnership to apply for a $600,000 federal charter school dissemination grant administered through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The grant provides funds to support the dissemination of effective practices and programs that have been developed, tested, and proven successful in Massachusetts charter schools.
If approved, Atlantis and FRPS would use the funds to improve parent engagement, student intervention services, and co-teaching in both districts. (“Co-teaching” refers to classroom teaching partnerships between a regular education teacher and a special education teacher.) Grant funds would go primarily toward staffing and training in both districts over the two-year grant period.
In 2010, Atlantis received an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant to pilot these programs. After successful pilots, these programs became part of Atlantis’s core approach to improving outcomes for all students.
This is not the first collaboration between the two school systems. Atlantis and FRPS have previously shared professional development and currently offer joint extracurricular opportunities to student athletes. This would, however, represent the largest collaboration effort to date, and is the first grant opportunity pursued jointly.