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OUR SCHOOL

Our stance rests with the school's mission and aligns with the vision to ensure that students, staff, faculty, all families, and anyone impacted by the school feels safe, loved, engaged, encouraged, and made to know they matter. Educating a community, yes - we said community, takes all members of the local body which makes up a town, city, or metropolitan area. Fine Arts Preparatory School (Arts Prep) is a place for community assemblies, meetings, educational offerings, cultural events, and a wide array of wrap-around supports critical for community cohesion and, ultimately, student success. We believe our vision will stand the test of time and continually develop college and career-ready people, with the arts at the heart of it all!

 

We believe the visual and performing arts, paired with Nature Play and experiential learning, will cultivate creative, innovative, and resilient people prepared to tackle college and careers alongside real-life issues. Social implications for students in the arts cause tremendous pressure for students from issues dealing with ability, confidence, sexuality, social interaction, and other “social and emotional plagues.”

 

Fine Arts Preparatory School provides services to ensure the whole family thrives, supporting the student non-academically to promote academic success. 

School Demographics

Student Teacher Ratio

23:1

Free or Reduced Lunch

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Students Enrolled

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Grades Served

PK-7

Governance

Fine Arts Preparatory School is governed by a local Board of Trustees who maintains and oversees the educational program, fiscal health, and nonprofit structure of the school. Trustees are tasked with ensuring the organization is capable of effectively and efficiently fulfilling the school’s mission. 

Board Officers

Mr. D.K. Jones, M.Ed., Chair

TBD, Vice-Chair

TBD, Treasurer

Contact the Board: schoolboard@fineartsprep.org

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Board of Trustees

The board of trustees conducts meetings for the purpose of carrying on the official business of Fine Arts Preparatory School. These meetings are not public forum meetings but are meetings held in public. Orderly conduct of a meeting does not permit spontaneous discussion from the audience. Regular, special, and emergency meetings are open to the general public and school personnel. In order that the board may fairly and adequately discharge its overall responsibility, stakeholders wanting an item to be placed on the agenda for a specific board meeting should direct requests to schoolboard@fineartsprep.org.

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School Governance

Documents

School Policies and other governing & organizational documents. 

Board Meetings

Board meeting schedule, meeting agendas, and minutes.

Board of Trustees

Live Stream

Watch our meeting live or see recorded meeting from the past.

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Historical

Timeline of Events

Feb. 2022 Charter Petition Submitted to a State Sponsor

The charter planning committee worked diligently, again, to provide the children and families of Spartanburg County with an additional school choice option. The charter planning committee updated the charter, changing its educational program and structure, and developed the new name, Fine Arts Preparatory School. The application gained conditional approval and was placed into charter development to correct conditions. 

Jun. 2022 Charter Petition Granted Full Approval by a State Sponsor

Fine Arts Preparatory School has been granted full approval by the Board of Trustees of a state-wide Authorizer as a Public Charter School in South Carolina.

Aug. 2022 Awarded $1 Million P&I Grant from S.C. Department of Education

Fine Arts Preparatory School has been awarded $1 Million from the South Carolina Department of Education for its response to a competitive application process for the Charter School Planning & Implementation Grant. This grant is a sub-grant of the Federal Charter Schools Planning Grant.

Oct. 2022 Awarded $50,000.00 from Local Initiatives Service Corps

Fine Arts Preparatory School has been awarded a grant in the amount of $50,000.00 from the Local Initiatives Service Corps (LISC). LISC believes that all children deserve access to a successful public school in their community. Historically, there has not been equitable access to high-quality public schools because of structural racism and racist policies. The LISC Education team is committed to racial equity in education, especially for Black, Latinx, Asian American, Pacific Islander, Indigenous students, and other students of color.

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