ABOUT OUR SCHOOL
History Of Our School
Circles of Success Learning Academy (COSLA) is the first elementary charter school established in the State of Tennessee.
COSLA is also the first and only existing charter school in Tennessee to independently achieve accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and the Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement due to its success in educating students.
As a result of closing the achievement gap, COSLA was awarded Tennessee’s Title I Distinguished School Award in 2009. In 2020, our school leader was awarded Charter School Administrator of the Year for the State of TN. Housed inside of St. Andrew A.M.E. Church, COSLA occupies 13,000 square feet of dedicated space and 13,000 square feet of shared space.
2003. IT WAS A GREAT YEAR!
Although with 2 middle / high schools in Memphis and 1 elementary school in Nashville, COSLA became one of the 1st charters opened in TN.
The school’s doors opened in 2003 with 60 students in grades K-2, and currently serves 240 students in grades K-5.
20 Years of Excellence
At COSLA, students continually show evidence of high academic standards which stem from the use of innovative teaching practices.
Their rigorous, standards-based curriculum is designed to reinforce commitment to teaching core academic content as well as critical thinking, problem-solving, and leadership skills.
The Circles of Success Learning Academy is the premiere elementary educational institution of choice where “success surrounds success.”
Circles of Success exists to:
Cultivate success by surrounding evolving minds with
Opportunities that holistically promote
1. We believe all children can learn and achieve at higher levels when they are actively engaged and instruction is differentiated.
2. We believe teachers must be equipped to modify instruction to match students individual needs.
3. We believe assessment must be varied, relevant, and correlated with standards that have been taught so hat students are successful.
4. We believe decision-making must be done in the bets interest of the children we serve through collaboration with stakeholders.
5. We believe that fair and consistent policies must be developed in order for the organization to be effective.
Literacy development is at the core of COSLA’s instructional goals and methods, and is integrated across subject areas through a variety of scientifically-based teaching strategies. With a rich educational program focused on literacy development, an individualized approach to teaching, and a collaborative, nurturing school community, COSLA provides a greatly needed an educational option for students and families in the community. COSLA is working harder than ever to ensure that our scholars receive intensive academic interventions and extended learning opportunities.
Our teachers develop
OUR CORE VALUES
The Circles of Success Learning Academy recognizes that learning for at risk students and the parents of these students occurs when all involved in the process embrace the concept that all children can learn and are committed to engaging students in meaningful learning experiences designed to overcome environmental disadvantages.
We value excellence in all that we do. We are committed to high academic standards. We support excellence in teaching and in the learning and support systems that advance student success. We expect professionalism in every aspect of our work. We are committed to continuous improvement of our school.
We recognize the expertise of all members of the Circles of Success Learning Academy community and encourage individual contributions. We will include stakeholders in the decisions that affect them. We will treat people with dignity and encourage feelings of self worth. We will promote trust through professional courtesy and fair treatment. We will recognize and support employee and student contributions.
We value the full-range of resources-human, fiscal, capital and technology-that have been entrusted to us by the citizens of the state, county and city we serve. We acknowledge our collective responsibility to serve as effective stewards of all resources at all times. We affirm our commitment to being accountable for the fulfillment of all duties and professional obligations associated with our positions.
We view educating children from a holistic approach. We believe that in order for children to be successful we must empower them with a positive essence of self. We are committed to fostering a spirit of excellence, in a nurturing environment conducive for affirmative, life-changing growth.
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COSLA is working harder than ever to ensure that our scholars receive intensive academic interventions and extended learning opportunities.