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All-girls charter school accepting applications

NORCROSS - The first all-girls charter school in Georgia has received nearly 120 applications for its inaugural sixth-grade class, but parents interested in sending their daughters to Ivy Preparatory Academy can still apply, said Nina Gilbert, the school's lead founder.

Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. March 24, Gilbert said. The admissions application is available on the school's Web site - - and completed forms can submitted online or at the school's office at 5195 Jimmy Carter Blvd., Suite 102, Norcross, GA 30093.

Gilbert said if the school receives more than 120 applications, it will hold a lottery March 31. Those who apply after March 24 will be placed on a waiting list.

The state Board of Education approved Ivy Prep as a state-chartered special school, which means any girl eligible to attend public school in Georgia and who will be enrolling in the sixth grade this year is eligible to apply. Because it is supported by tax dollars, Ivy Prep requires no tuition or admission tests.

Ivy Prep will provide a college preparatory curriculum, require mandatory uniforms and offer an extended school day and school year, Gilbert said. The school will be located in Norcross, but the exact location has not been announced.

For more information, call 770-448-6273 or e-mail