It is important approve the Loudoun Math and IT Academy in order to enhance the already excellent school system provided by Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) by offering an additional option that is open to ALL Loudoun County students with an interest in math and information technology.
I urge the Loudoun County School Board to approve the Loudoun Math and IT Academy charter school, which is seeking to serve public school students in grades 6 through 12 with an academic program focusing on Mathematics and Information Technologies (IT), giving Loudoun County parents and students an additional education choice.
The Loudoun Math and IT Academy will expand the offerings currently available to Loudoun County families and seeks to accomplish the objective the County has defined for charter schools – to improve educational opportunities and enhance student achievement.
Loudoun County families deserve additional choices for those students currently interested in having a math and IT-focused education experience, but who are unable to take advantage of the limited number of seats available to students through the part-time programs at the C.S. Monroe Tech Center and the Academy of Science. Each of these programs enrolls only 150-250 students and admission is extremely competitive. The Loudoun Math and IT Academy will significantly expand the educational opportunities for Loudoun students interested in math and information technology.
I believe the Loudoun Math and IT Academy will also enable Loudoun County Public Schools to broaden its capabilities to prepare Loudoun’s children not just for today’s job market or for the academic programs in today’s colleges and universities, but for those of the future.
While I applaud LCPS’s recently launched initiatives focused on the STEM areas, I strongly believe a free-standing charter school – one that is focused on STEM education and open to all interested Loudoun students grades 6-12 like the Loudoun Math and IT Academy – will expand those efforts and is important to support.
Thank you for your consideration of this exciting opportunity to build upon Loudoun County’s excellent education system by offering additional choices to help meet the needs and interests of ALL Loudoun’s children, as well as help address the workforce needs of the future.