The new Atlantic City Community Charter School, or ACCCS, has until the end of the month to register at least 135 students in grades kindergarten through 5 for the 2013-14 school year.

Representatives of CSMI Education Management of Chester, Pa., which will manage the new school, were at the All Wars Memorial Building in Atlantic City on Thursday for a special presentation for parents of students from Oceanside Charter School, which will close this month after the state Department of Education did not renew its charter.

School officials also will provide information and registration information at the Hamilton Memorial United Methodist Church, 609 Arctic Ave., from 9 a.m. until at least 4 p.m. today, school officials said. They are looking for other sites where they could register students Monday and Tuesday.

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The new charter school, which as a state-approved public school is free, will locate at the Oceanside School site on Bacharach Boulevard after that school closes.

ACCCS already has received two extensions from the state and decided to try to open this September after Oceanside's charter was not renewed. But the school must register at least 90 percent of its approved first-year enrollment of 150 students to get its final charter approval from the state to open.

Steven E. Lee, executive vice president and chief academic officer of CSMI, said they hope to get most of the students from Oceanside, because those families already are familiar with charter schools and now are looking for other options.

About 47 families attended Thursday's information session, and some did register on site.

Lee said it has been a challenge to get started in Atlantic City, and locations are particularly hard to find. They are also looking for residents interested in serving on the school board of trustees.

CSMI has interviewed staff at Oceanside. Lee said they do intend to hire some to help maintain the familiar family atmosphere of the school. He said they will bring in some of the curriculum they use at schools they operate in Chester, but they also will maintain proven programs at Oceanside.

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If you go

The Atlantic City Community Charter School will register students entering kindergarten through grade 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Hamilton Memorial United Methodist Church, 609 Arctic Ave., Atlantic City.

Parents or guardians must bring ID and proof of residency, such as a utility bill, lease or mortgage.

For more information, call 484 490-0143.


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