HFAA Selected for Prestigious, Competitive Federal Grant

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Harding Fine Arts Academy was recently awarded the  Charter School Program (CSP) expansion grant, a $900,000.00 federal grant through the Oklahoma Public School Resource Center.

The CSP grant program is designed for new and existing charter schools to expand their program. All grant awardees were scored and selected by a panel of charter school experts. With this grant, HFAA will expand access to high-quality, contemporary learning opportunities by doubling student enrollment. Funding from this grant will be used to:

  • Equip teachers with new skills in technology proficiency, social-emotional learning, and  arts integration through comprehensive professional development opportunities,
  • Provide supplies for art and academic programs,
  • Upgrade digital infrastructure to provide state-of-the-art classroom technology and laptops for each student and teacher, and
  • Implement a brand “refresh” to execute a comprehensive marketing campaign

“This is such an exciting time of growth for our school, and I can’t wait to see what comes from this substantial investment in the education of our students,” said Jean Hendrickson, President of the Harding Fine Arts Academy School Board.

Harding Fine Arts Academy is committed to recruiting, admitting, identifying, and meeting the needs of all students, including special education program participants, English Language Learners (ELL), economically disadvantaged students, and ethnic and racial minorities. All recruitment activities will be conducted equitably with these constituents in mind.

Oklahoma was among nine states nationwide selected to receive the Charter School Program grant in 2018. The USDE awarded Oklahoma $24,649,722 in federal dollars over a five-year period to address three objectives:

  1. Increase the number of high-quality charter schools in the state, with an emphasis on serving educationally disadvantaged students
  2. Improve student outcomes in Oklahoma public charter schools, especially for educationally disadvantaged students
  3. Share best practices with public schools statewide to help increase overall student achievement.

For more information, please visit www.hfaafoundation.org.

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