September is here, and what better time to reflect on the last few months and look forward to the months ahead than at the start of a new school year. We want to personally say welcome back to school to the staff, students, and families in each of our partner schools. The beginning of a new school year holds so many opportunities and offers us all the chance to meet back to school with energy, passion, and optimism.
It was a busy summer here at Athlos home court. The Boise staff moved into the new Athlos Academies headquarters building in early summer, and we celebrated our grand opening at the end of June. The event had a great turnout, and it was a perfect chance to bring the community into our new space and share the Athlos model with them.
Our annual Athlos Summer Institute was a success, and it was exciting to welcome teachers, coaches, administrators, and staff from our partner schools into our new space and use the new facility for what it is meant for — a place to innovate, grow professionally, and engage with the Athlos model.
Athlos Academy of Utah and Athlos Academy of St. Cloud have started their second operational years. They expanded from serving students in kindergarten through sixth grade to now additionally serving students in grade seven. They have worked hard over the past few months expanding their middle school program offerings and providing students with opportunities to participate in competitive sports. Watching these schools grow and live the Athlos model over the past year has truly been a pleasure, and we continue to enjoy working with the staff, students, and families in the St. Cloud and Herriman communities.
In Texas, our development team, with much initiative and optimism, completed six new school builds. These ILTexas schools will serve up to 8,400 students in the 2017-2018 school year.
We thank you all for taking the time to stay up-to-date on the happenings at Athlos Academies and with our partners. We look forward to another quarter working with our partners to achieve school excellence and student success.
Ryan Van Alfen and Jason Kotter