SAVANNAH CLASSICAL ACADEMY HOSTS SPRING FINE ARTS NIGHT – MARCH 24

SAVANNAH, GA. – March 7, 2022 – Savannah Classical Academy (SCA) is slated to host their Spring Fine Arts Night at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 24. SCA parents and the wider community are invited to join SCA for an evening of entertainment in the school gymnasium, located at 705 E Anderson St., Savannah GA 31401. 

During this event, SCA’s upper school vocal ensemble will perform a series of music that they have been preparing since the beginning of the semester. The lower and upper school strings classes will also showcase their talents as they perform songs they have learned this school year. While the performances are going on, attendees are invited to admire visual art pieces created by the SCA students that will be on display across the gymnasium. This event is free and open to the community to enjoy the SCA Fine Arts programs.

“We are pleased with the artistic and musical talent that our students possess at SCA, and our faculty is committed to an environment in which students can artistically thrive,” said SCA CEO, Barry Lollis. “We are happy to invite our SCA families and the community to come out and enjoy this showcase and support our students!”

It is the philosophy of Savannah Classical Academy that all students benefit from a rigorous, content-rich educational program that develops academic potential and personal character. The school provides an environment that fosters academic excellence through the habits of thoroughness, the willingness to work, and the perseverance to complete complex tasks. Through a defined traditional, Classical-Liberal curriculum, students are prepared to become active, responsible members of their community. 

For more information about SCA’s Fine Arts Night, please visit http://www.savannahclassicalacademy.org/.

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SAVANNAH CLASSICAL ACADEMY STUDENTS TOUR JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT COLONIAL GROUP DISCOVERY CENTER

SAVANNAH, GA – March 3, 2022 – Middle school students from Savannah Classical Academy (SCA) experienced the new Junior Achievement (JA) Colonial Group Discovery Center on the Georgia Southern University Armstrong Campus on Feb. 2. This new Discovery Center is designed to provide middle school students the opportunity to experience and explore their future possibilities through two innovative in-class and standards-correlated curriculums: JA BizTown and JA Finance Park.

SCA students participated in JA BizTown, which creates an unmatched experience where sixth-grade students can interact within a simulated economy, and JA Finance Park, focused on transforming seventh or eighth graders into an adult with a career, family and financial scenario that represents one of their future possibilities. 

“Our students were excited to tour the new Discovery Center and learn more about the complex world of personal finance and value of education and career selection through practical application,” said SCA CEO Barry Lollis. “The JA curriculum goes hand-in-hand with our philosophy that all students benefit from a rigorous, content-rich, educational program through defined academic and character development curricula, ensuring our students are prepared to become active, responsible members of their community.” 

Looking ahead, students will lead businesses, advance communities, and discover breakthroughs. JA BizTown creates an unmatched experience where SCA’s sixth grade students can interact within a simulated economy and take on the challenge of fueling a business. Here, students not only discover the intricacies of being a professional and member of the community, but also discover the abundance of opportunities available within their city.

At JA Finance Park students have the rare opportunity to experience their personal financial futures first-hand. Here, seventh and eighth grade students will participate in an immersive simulation that enables them to develop skills to successfully discover and navigate decisions that can impact tomorrow.

The Savannah Classical Academy (SCA) was founded in Chatham County in 2013 as a lottery enrollment public charter school. SCA’s mission is to provide every child with a classical and academically rigorous education while instilling a commitment to civic virtue and moral character. SCA is committed to developing literate and articulate students who will become active, responsible members of the community and will make a positive contribution to society. To learn more about SCA, please visit www.savannahclassicalacademy.org. 

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Editor’s Notes

Junior Achievement (JA) of Georgia is dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make educated academic and economic choices. JA learning solutions are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences to students from kindergarten through high school. JA of Georgia offers multiple programs, including in-class programs, 3DE by Junior Achievement, JA BizTown and JA Finance Park, all of which focus on entrepreneurship, personal financial literacy and workforce readiness. JA of Georgia serves more than 175,000 students annually statewide, including 16,000 in the Savannah area. JA of Georgia’s headquarters is in Atlanta with regional offices in Dalton, Gainesville, and Savannah. For more information, visit www.georgia.ja.org.

SAVANNAH CLASSICAL ACADEMY ANNOUNCES APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN FOR INAUGURAL PRE-KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM FOR 2022-23 SCHOOL YEAR

SAVANNAH, GA. – Mar. 1, 2022 – Savannah Classical Academy (SCA) officially opened applications for their new Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) program for the 2022-23 school year. This program will serve 22 Pre-K students, offering children the opportunity to benefit from an early learning experience of SCA’s core virtues. Visit SCA’s website at www.savannahclassicalacademy.org for more information and to register an interest in the new Pre-K program. Families will be charged $200 a week per student enrolled in the new Pre-K program. 

“Savannah Classical Academy is very proud to offer a Pre-Kindergarten program starting in the Fall of 2022,” said CEO Barry Lollis. “At SCA, we understand that the earliest years are crucial in the development of children socially and educationally and can have a great positive influence on the rest of their lives. When you commit to enrolling your child at SCA, you can be sure that our staff is dedicated to teaching in a safe and nurturing environment that will put your child on the path of future success.”

Pre-K students of SCA will be introduced to appropriate and content-rich academic instruction that will prepare them for a successful entry into Kindergarten. An investment in SCA will instill core virtues of compassion, perseverance, responsibility, respect, temperance, integrity, diligence, and courage into the minds of its youngest students. The mission of SCA is to provide every child with a classical and academically rigorous education while instilling a commitment to civic virtue and moral character. 

It is the philosophy of SCA that all students benefit from a rigorous, content-rich, educational program that develops academic potential and personal character. The school provides an environment that fosters academic excellence through the habits of thoroughness, the willingness to work, and the perseverance to complete difficult tasks. Through a defined traditional, Classical-Liberal curriculum, students are prepared to become active, responsible members of their community. To learn more about SCA, please visit www.savannahclassicalacademy.org.

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SAVANNAH CLASSICAL ACADEMY APPOINTS KERRY SAENGTHONG AS NEW SCHOOL NUTRITION PROGRAM MANAGER

SAVANNAH, GA. – January 17, 2022 – Savannah Classical Academy (SCA) has appointed Kerry Saengthong as the new nutrition program manager for the school. Her responsibilities are to create, implement and supervise the nutrition program for SCA students and faculty.

Saengthong has been very involved in SCA programs since her children enrolled by becoming the secretary of the parent organization in 2017. When the COVID-19 pandemic occurred, SCA was in need of volunteers to help with the school’s nutrition program. Saengthong was quick to respond and became involved as a part-time volunteer. Soon the school offered her a position as the full-time nutrition program manager, and she gladly accepted.

“One of the biggest influences in my decision to accept this job is to be more involved in not only my children’s lives but in the lives of all the students at SCA,” said Saengthong. “I wanted to have the opportunity to prepare and serve the children and staff of SCA nutritious and delicious meals that they could all enjoy.”

During the 2020-21 school year, SCA completed a total renovation of the school’s kitchen on the East Anderson Street campus and also implemented a new meal service by partnering with the talented chefs and cooks of Daniel Reed Hospitality Restaurant Group. Their meal service team has committed to preparing and providing nutritious breakfast and lunch services for students and faculty of SCA. SCA believes that nutrition is a top priority and balancing this with appetizing meals is why the charter school partnered with experienced restauranteurs and continue to hire committed employees like Saengthong.

It is the philosophy of Savannah Classical Academy that all students benefit from a rigorous, content-rich, educational program that develops academic potential and personal character. The school provides an environment that fosters academic excellence through the habits of thoroughness, the willingness to work, and the perseverance to complete difficult tasks. Through a defined traditional, Classical-Liberal curriculum, students are prepared to become active, responsible members of their community.

For more information about the nutritional program or the mission of Savannah Classical Academy, please visit www.savannahclassicalacademy.org

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GCSA HONORS SAVANNAH CLASSICAL ACADEMY CEO BARRY LOLLIS WITH “CHAMPION FOR CHILDREN AWARD”

GCSA HONORS SAVANNAH CLASSICAL ACADEMY CEO BARRY LOLLIS WITH “CHAMPION FOR CHILDREN AWARD”

SAVANNAH, GA – Dec. 10, 2021 – On the evening of Dec. 7, Georgia Charter Schools Association (GCSA) honored Barry Lollis, CEO of Savannah Classical Academy (SCA), with the “Champion for Children Award” during GCSA’s annual Holiday Celebration and Recognition of Advocates.

Lollis was selected to receive this award for his advocacy of Senate Bill 59 at the Georgia Capitol and in the community he serves, his leadership and innovative practices during the COVID-19 pandemic, and his efforts to share and assist other schools with pioneering initiatives.

“We are grateful for Barry Lollis’ tireless advocacy and dedication to Georgia’s public charter school students,” said Tony Roberts, GCSA President and CEO. “In addition, we greatly appreciate his steadfast willingness to lend GCSA and his fellow school leaders a helping hand.”

During the 2021 legislative session, Lollis testified in favor of Senate Bill 59, a charter school resources and equity bill that gained passage by the Georgia General Assembly and was signed by Gov. Brian Kemp. Lollis is committed to ensuring that SCA and other Georgia charter schools receive the funding they are entitled to by law. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, SCA was at the forefront of Georgia schools planning and implementing a switch to remote learning, which included providing technology devices and meal programs for students in need. Due to these efforts, Lollis was selected as one of only ten Charter School representatives to serve on Georgia’s new COVID-19 Charter School Task Force. The task force, established to provide a state-wide brain trust of charter school leaders to be at the forefront of problem-solving critical issues, played a crucial role in forging a way forward for educators and students in today’s environment of a “new-normal.” Additionally, in 2021 Lollis led efforts to obtain retroactive funding for Chatham County charter schools, which had not been properly allocated by the local public school system for the financial years of 2018, 2019, and 2020.

“I am humbled and honored to receive this award from GCSA, an organization that shares my drive to support public charter schools and growth for students, their families, and faculty within Georgia,” said Lollis.

Lollis’ undergraduate degree is in Biology, and he has a master’s degree in Broadfield Science, both earned from Armstrong, he earned a second master’s degree from Georgia Southern University in Educational Leadership; and rounded out his final program with an Education Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Piedmont College. Lollis is an innovative educator who has been leading and improving schools for 18 years. Lollis came to SCA in 2017 and has overseen significant improvements in the academic achievements of the school.

The GCSA supports, fosters, and advocates for the development of high-quality public charter schools and networks that improve opportunities for Georgia students. With the vision of every child in Georgia having equal access to a high-quality, transformative public education, the organization values innovation, school choice, parental involvement, student achievement, accountability, communication, and collaboration.

It is the philosophy of Savannah Classical Academy that all students benefit from a rigorous, content-rich, educational program that develops academic potential and personal character. The school provides an environment that fosters academic excellence through the habits of thoroughness, the willingness to work, and the perseverance to complete difficult tasks. Through a defined traditional, Classical-Liberal curriculum, students are prepared to become active, responsible members of their community.

For more information about Savannah Classical Academy, please visit www.savannahclassicalacademy.org.

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SAVANNAH CLASSICAL ACADEMY FOOD DRIVE COLLECTS 2,269 MEALS FOR DONATION TO SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK

SAVANNAH CLASSICAL ACADEMY FOOD DRIVE COLLECTS 2,269 MEALS FOR DONATION TO SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK

SAVANNAH, GA. – Dec. 6, 2021 – Throughout the month of November, Savannah Classical Academy (SCA) students collected canned food for America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia Food Bank. SCA accumulated 2,723 pounds of food, which equates to 2,269 meals for families in need. SCA’s donation is the largest amount of food collected by any school in Savannah this year.

“We are so proud of our students for their dedication in leading this food drive for our local Second Harvest Food Bank,” said Barry Lollis, CEO of SCA. “Ms. Pando’s third grade class deserves special recognition for collecting the largest amount of food items.”

According to studies from the Georgia Department of Education and Feeding America, 175,540 residents in Coastal Georgia, including more than 45,090 children, are at-risk for hunger. Last year, Second Harvest food bank provided more than 19.8 million meals (more than 25.5 million pounds of food) to hungry people in our area. Support from the community and collaboration with partners, like SCA, make it possible for the organization to reach those in need.

Established in 1981 in Savannah Georgia, America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia is a locally inspired, volunteer driven nonprofit food bank and community partnering organization. Second Harvest serves as the food safety net for tens of thousands of children, senior citizens, low-income families, and people with disabilities who are at risk for hunger throughout Southern Georgia.

It is the philosophy of Savannah Classical Academy that all students benefit from a rigorous, content-rich, educational program that develops academic potential and personal character. The school provides an environment that fosters academic excellence through the habits of thoroughness, the willingness to work, and the perseverance to complete difficult tasks. Through a defined traditional, Classical-Liberal curriculum, students are prepared to become active, responsible members of their community.

For more information about Savannah Classical Academy, please visit www.savannahclassicalacademy.org

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SAVANNAH CLASSICAL ACADEMY HOSTS NEW DINNER THEATER SHOW– THURSDAY, DEC. 9

SAVANNAH CLASSICAL ACADEMY HOSTS NEW DINNER THEATER SHOW– THURSDAY, DEC. 9

SAVANNAH, GA. – December 1, 2021 – Savannah Classical Academy (SCA) is slated to host the “SCA’s Class Act Gala”, a new dinner theatre show, that will feature performing arts pieces from SCA’s high school students. SCA parents and the wider community are invited to join SCA for an evening of entertainment on Thursday, Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. in the school gymnasium, located at 705 E Anderson St., Savannah GA 31401.

During this event, students from SCA’s Theatre Arts and Acting Department will present monologues, duologues, skits, music, and a featured One Act production of “The Bridge.” This one act play, written by Ford Ainsworth, is based on the popular children’s book, “Three Billy Goats Gruff,” and highlights the moral decay in today’s society. All acts will be intertwined with a delicious three course meal including appetizer, salad, steak entree, dessert, water, and beverage prepared by the chefs of the Daniel Reed Hospitality Restaurant Group. This is a ticketed event limited to 75 guests. Tickets are priced at $35 each and can be purchased by visiting this link: https://bit.ly/SCAClassActGala.

“We are so proud of the SCA students for all of their hard work and dedication as we worked to create a unique experience for their families,” said SCA CEO, Barry Lollis. “Our faculty is committed to providing avenues for creativity for programs that students are excited about. We are happy to invite our SCA families and the community to come out and enjoy the dinner theater and support our students!”

It is the philosophy of Savannah Classical Academy that all students benefit from a rigorous, content-rich educational program that develops academic potential and personal character. The school provides an environment that fosters academic excellence through the habits of thoroughness, the willingness to work, and the perseverance to complete complex tasks. Through a defined traditional, Classical-Liberal curriculum, students are prepared to become active, responsible members of their community. 

For more information about SCA’s Class Act Gala or to purchase tickets for the show, please visit http://www.savannahclassicalacademy.org/.

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SAVANNAH CLASSICAL ACADEMY BOARD OF DIRECTORS APPROVES NEW PRE-KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM FOR THE 2022-23 SCHOOL YEAR

SAVANNAH CLASSICAL ACADEMY BOARD OF DIRECTORS APPROVES NEW PRE-KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM FOR THE 2022-23 SCHOOL YEAR

SAVANNAH, GA. – NOV. 22, 2021 – Savannah Classical Academy’s (SCA) Governing Board of Directors has approved a new Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) program for the 2022-23 school year. This program will serve 22 Pre-K students, offering them an opportunity to benefit from classical education and experience SCA’s core values earlier in their schooling. Students enrolled in Pre-K will have priority enrollment into the following school year’s kindergarten class of 50 students.

“Savannah Classical Academy has been looking forward to introducing a Pre-Kindergarten program to the school for a long time and we are pleased to start our inaugural program in Fall 2022,” said CEO Barry Lollis. “At SCA, we understand that the decision about where to enroll your child into a Pre-K program is a very important one. These early years are some of the most important years for a child’s development, and our staff is committed to teaching children in a safe and nurturing environment.”

Pre-K students of SCA will be introduced to classical education during their most developmental years, providing them with an appropriate and content-rich academic instruction that will prepare them for successful entry into kindergarten. Details of this program will be announced in early 2022. An investment in SCA will instill core virtues of compassion, perseverance, responsibility, respect, temperance, integrity, diligence, and courage into the minds of its youngest students. The mission of SCA is to provide every child with a classical and academically rigorous education while instilling a commitment to civic virtue and moral character.

It is the philosophy of Savannah Classical Academy that all students benefit from a rigorous, content-rich, educational program that develops academic potential and personal character. The school provides an environment that fosters academic excellence through the habits of thoroughness, the willingness to work, and the perseverance to complete difficult tasks. Through a defined traditional, Classical-Liberal curriculum, students are prepared to become active, responsible members of their community. To learn more about SCA, please visit www.savannahclassicalacademy.org.

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SAVANNAH CLASSICAL ACADEMY COMPLETES PLAYGROUND RENOVATION WITH SUPPORT FROM THE HODGE FOUNDATION

SAVANNAH CLASSICAL ACADEMY COMPLETES PLAYGROUND RENOVATION WITH SUPPORT FROM THE HODGE FOUNDATION

SAVANNAH, GA. – NOV. 16, 2021 – Savannah Classical Academy (SCA) has completed the renovation on its elementary playground thanks to the generous support of The Hodge Foundation. The playground has now been covered with cushioning and a synthetic turf with a rest area beneath a shaded pavilion with picnic tables to keep kids cool and safe while they enjoy the outdoors.

The Hodge Foundation, Inc. is a Georgia Domestic 501© (3) nonprofit Corporation that has been supporting charitable organizations with focus for youth and family services in Savannah, Ga. since 1962. This independently owned organization provides grants and scholarship funds to local school and institutions in the Coastal Empire.

“Our kids are ecstatic that we have renovated and extended the playground. We thank The Hodge Foundation for selecting Savannah Classical Academy for this generous investment,” said SCA CEO Barry Lollis. “We are constantly looking for ways to improve our campus and invest into our children, both academically and recreationally. The donations we receive play a huge part in what we are able to provide for our students.”

It is the philosophy of Savannah Classical Academy that all students benefit from a rigorous, content-rich, educational program that develops academic potential and personal character. The school provides an environment that fosters academic excellence through the habits of thoroughness, the willingness to work, and the perseverance to complete difficult tasks. Through a defined traditional, Classical-Liberal curriculum, students are prepared to become active, responsible members of their community.

For more information about Savannah Classical Academy, please visit www.savannahclassicalacademy.org

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SAVANNAH CLASSICAL ACADEMY APPOINTS NICK LAVERY AS NEW ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

SAVANNAH CLASSICAL ACADEMY APPOINTS NICK LAVERY AS NEW ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

SAVANNAH, GA. – NOV. 8, 2021 – Savannah Classical Academy (SCA) has appointed Nick Lavery as the new athletic director for the school. In this role, he will oversee all SCA athletic teams and teach SCA students the importance of physical education through daily activity.

Nick Lavery started working for SCA when he was appointed to the upper school as PE teacher and the head coach of varsity boys’ basketball team. For three years, he has led students in a wide range of sports and physical activities. Lavery received a BS from Valdosta State University in Health and Physical Education and is certified to teach grades K-12. While teaching skills and technique are important in his classes, his primary goal is to help students find joy in movement. The teamwork, commitment, and cooperation skills the students learn through physical education are lifelong tools that can be applied to their future goals and endeavors. As Athletic Director, Lavery is continuing to grow the athletic department to build a robust student-athlete culture.

“Mr. Lavery has been a great addition to our teaching staff here at SCA and we are delighted to promote him to this new role of athletic director,” said SCA Executive Director Barry Lollis. “The students engage with Mr. Lavery and enjoy his teaching which motivates them to be active. We believe that he will excel in this role and elevate our athletic department even further.”

The Savannah Classical Academy athletic department offers an exceptional student-athlete experience with high expectations on the court and field as well as in the classroom. There is opportunity year-round for students to participate in team or individual sports. Sports offered this year include volleyball, basketball, soccer, cheerleading and cross country/track with a goal to add more options over time. The program at SCA strives to produce well-rounded student athletes.

It is the philosophy of Savannah Classical Academy that all students benefit from a rigorous, content-rich, educational program that develops academic potential and personal character. The school provides an environment that fosters academic excellence through the habits of thoroughness, the willingness to work, and the perseverance to complete difficult tasks. Through a defined traditional, Classical-Liberal curriculum, students are prepared to become active, responsible members of their community.

For more information about the athletic department or the mission of Savannah Classical Academy, please visit www.savannahclassicalacademy.org

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