State of the School: 2015-16

State of the School Event Celebrates the Past, Present and Future

On Thursday, April 14, 2016, The Museum School and the Board of Directors hosted a “State of the School” event to celebrate the school’s many successes and share its exciting plans for the future.

Approximately 100 people attended the event, including current and future parents, as well as teachers and board members.

Current 8th grade student Jazmin McKeel spoke to the audience to offer her thoughts on what the school has meant to her as she prepares to graduate with the rest of her 8th grade classmates, the first graduating class in the school’s history.

If you missed this year’s event – which recapped the 2015-2016 academic year – here are some of the highlights and key facts:

Academic Excellence

The Museum School model is a proven success.  TMS students continue to score approximately twice as high on math, science, and ELA scores than their DeKalb county peers.  The school was also named a 2016 finalist for the Georgia Charter School of the Year Award.

Teacher Excellence

TMS teachers and administrators are consistently recognized for their excellence in educational instruction.  This year, Principal Kelbaugh was named an Atlanta Families’ Awards for Excellence in Education Winner.

Rich Diversity

TMS values and incorporates diversity.  We have a diverse student population and a diversity of services and programs to meet each student’s needs. These include gifted, early intervention, special education and other programs.

Sharing Our Model

To date, more than 12,000 students across the metro Atlanta area have been exposed to The Museum School concept through our Museum in a Box program. Each year, hundreds of practicing teachers, administrators, future teachers, board members, graduate students, and professors leverage the knowledge and tools of The Museum School to assist furthering academic achievement.

Financial Focus

We continue to direct the large majority of our financial resources to student education.  In fact, more than 88 percent of our annual budget goes directly to classroom instruction costs.

Prudent Governance

The governing board continues its focus on ensuring the school achieves all of its charter goals and remains financially stable while also balancing the school’s continued growth and facilities needs. It is also in the process of renewing its five-year charter with DeKalb County this year.

Continued Growth

By the 2018-19 school year, The Museum School will reach full capacity in all grade levels with a maximum of 588 students.

Innovative New Media Center

Our school continues to grow, both in its innovative approach to educational instruction and in student population.

To accommodate this growth and meet state facility space requirements for our pupils, we are planning and raising funds for the construction of a new Media Center.  This state-of-the-art building will accommodate the learning needs of all students in grades K-8.  A new building to further our mission of providing a world-class education, it will also dramatically enhance the physical appearance of the school itself.

For more details about the New Media Center, including how you can provide a financial commitment, please see our Inspiring Excellence web page.

Your Support

The school’s continued success depends upon the volunteerism and financial contributions of every person and organization affiliated with the school.   Getting involved and contributing when and where you can is essential.

For volunteer opportunities, please visit our Get Involved page.

To contribute financially, please visit our Contribute page.


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