Financing a Facility and Realizing a Dream: How LIFE Academy Is Opening Its Doors in Alabama

September 2, 2021

Originally published in Charter School Facility Center , September 2, 2021

This month, LIFE Academy will open to eager students in Montgomery, Alabama. The charter school – among the first in its state – will prepare students grades K-8 for successful futures in college, trades, and entrepreneurship. The doors students will walk through are on the renovated campus of the historic St. Jude Educational Institute, part of the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail. With a culturally relevant and equitable lens, LIFE Academy is designed to meet the needs of students and their families.

The project is the vision of LIFE Academy board chair Norma Chism, who recently spoke with NFF's Michael Alles about how this brand-new school responds to the needs and aspirations of the community it serves.

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