ATHLOS SCHOOLS

At Athlos Academies, we support our fully-implementing partners by providing all the services and support needed to start a new school from the ground up and excel in long-term operation.

Pillars of Performance

By implementing an innovative three-pillar program, Athlos schools develop the whole child.

Students working in a classroom

Prepared Mind

Preparing students for a rewarding future

Student uses TRX bands in weight room

Healthy Body

Developing habits for a healthy lifestyle

Two Athlos students smile at camera in classroom

Performance Character

Building character for lifelong success

We support you in every step

of the process for starting an Athlos school

In addition to our three-pillar program, we assist our fully-implementing Athlos schools in all stages of their formation and operation. This includes everything from developing a charter application and building a facility, to school operations and educating students.

PRE-APPROVAL SERVICES

Athlos Board Governance
  • Board Goverance Training

    Training modules centered on understanding the Athlos model, governing board roles, the difference between governance and management, the charter approval process, open meetings law, Robert’s Rules of Order, effective use of committees, strategic planning, and more

  • Charter Application Development

    Assistance writing the various components of a charter application

  • Authorizer Approval Assistance

    Help navigating the charter authorizing process, whether your authorizer is a state entity, non-profit organization, or higher education institution

PRE-OPENING SERVICES

Athlos Facilities
  • Site Identification

    Real estate research and demographic analysis

  • Financing

    Land acquisition and lease-purchase agreement

  • Design

    Civil engineering and architectural and landscape design

  • Entitlement

    Planning, zoning, and permitting approvals

  • Construction

    Groundwork, utilities, slab, framing, roofing, drywall, window, furniture, fixtures, equipment, finishes, landscaping, and more

Athlos Board Governance
  • Board Policy

    Development of policies and procedures, such as bylaws, code of ethics, and employee and family handbooks

  • Financial Management

    Budget preparation, payroll processes, benefits management, accounts payable, and financial reporting

  • Contract Management

    Procurement of goods and services

  • Human Resources

    Hiring and onboarding

  • Student Recruitment

    Advertising, exhibiting, information sessions, and enrollment

  • Staff Recruitment

    Marketing, applicant screening, and interviewing

  • Staff Professional Development

    Prepare and onboard staff in best-practices in planning, teaching, and assessing in order to ensure success

OPERATIONAL SERVICES

Athlos Facilities
  • Bond Market Assistance

    Coordination of investment bankers and bond issuers

  • Research-Based Academic Curriculum

    Rigorous, hands-on curriculum that exceeds state standards and includes intervention and targeted remediation and acceleration as necessary

  • Professional Development

    Targeted interactive professional development that helps teachers develop best-practices and improve their students’ mastery immediately

  • Data Reporting Tools

    Online data dashboard that allows schools to access all of their data in one simple to navigate tool

  • Student Recruitment

    Advertising, exhibiting, information sessions, and enrollment

  • Staff Recruitment

    Marketing, applicant screening, and interviewing

community relations
  • Digital Platform Management

    Social media and website

  • Communications

    Media relations and crisis communications

  • Event Planning

    Groundbreakings, grand openings, back-to-school nights, open houses, and family nights

  • Financial Management

    Budget preparation, payroll processes, accounts payable, and finance reporting

  • Human Resources

    Screening, interviewing, hiring, onboarding, and benefits management

  • Contract Management

    Procurement of good and services and service level agreement compliance

  • Uniforms

    Athletic performance apparel to meet dress code policies

“I would whole-heartedly recommend Athlos Academies to any new or existing charter school looking for an affordable facility solution, operational support, or a rigorous curriculum that develops the whole-child. The benefits Athlos brings to schools and communities are innumerable.”

JENNIFER GERAGHTY, PRINCIPAL
ATHLOS LEADERSHIP ACADEMY – BROOKLYN PARK

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a charter school?

Charter schools are tuition-free, public schools that focus on an innovative teaching method or program of instruction. Charter schools are granted greater flexibility than traditional schools, in exchange for higher accountability.

What makes a charter school different from a traditional school?

Charter schools are schools of choice, meaning families choose the charter school for their child rather than attending a traditional public school based on location. While traditional public schools must adhere to specified regulations, charter schools can operate with less restriction from these regulations. Charter schools are accountable to achievement goals set in their charter and can be closed if they do not meet these measures.

Who can attend a charter school?

Like traditional public schools, charter schools are open to any student. Charter schools do not discriminate based on race, gender, or disability.

How are charter schools funded?

Like traditional public schools, charter schools are tuition-free. They, like traditional public schools, are funded by the state based on enrollment.

Why does a governing board contract with an education service provider?

Charter school governing boards contract with education service providers for a number of reasons. First, Athlos Academies can leverage economies of scale through centralized services that a charter school alone would not be able to access. Second, Athlos Academies can alleviate day-to-day management pressures school leaders are faced with, allowing them to focus on being the instructional leader. Third, schools are able to direct more resources into the classroom when they take advantage of innovative financing models, like the one offered through Athlos Academies.

What is the difference in roles between Athlos Academies and the local charter school board?

Athlos Academies is responsible for the management of the school’s day-to-day operations. The local school board is responsible for governing the school, including providing leadership, making strategic decisions, and holding the education service provider accountable for the performance of the school.

Is Athlos a school for athletes?

Athlos is a school for all students. Strong academics are the foundation of a strong school, and at Athlos we believe higher student achievement is realized by bringing physical activity and Performance Character education to the forefront of our educational programs. We’ve redefined athletics as active, fit, and efficient movement. The Athlos athletic curriculum emphasizes teaching proper movement, has a strong foundation in current research, and is designed to prescribe age-appropriate movement activities to help students of all athletic abilities.

What research is the Athlos model based on?

The Athlos model was developed based on leading research and studies on education, achievement, and social-emotional learning; athletic development, physical education, health, and wellness; and character education. See the supporting research page for specific research elements that support the Athlos model in each of the three Pillars of Performance: Prepared Mind, Healthy Body, and Performance Character.

Does Athlos’ curriculum meet the standards of each state in which you are operating?

Yes. The curricular resources that Athlos Academies provides are scoped and sequenced to meet or exceed each state’s requirements, and the schools are held accountable to these standards by the state charter authorizers.

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Athlos Services

Find out more about the education services we provide.

Pillar Overview

Find out more about our three-pillar model.

Facilites

Learn about every aspect of building new school.

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