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My Town: National Heritage Academies celebrates record enrollment
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My Town: National Heritage Academies celebrates record enrollment

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—  It’s National Charter Schools Week and National Heritage Academies is celebrating a record number of applicants.

The charter school system says this year, so many children applied to NHA that 20,952 students were put on the wait list.  When it has more applicants than open seats, NHA uses a random lottery to determine who gets into its schools.

“We have experienced record numbers of applications and demand for our schools with wait lists of more than 2,000 students at some schools,” said National Heritage Academies President and CEO Chip Hurlburt. “We appreciate the support we receive from parents who feel so strongly about the quality school choice NHA provides.”

NHA operates 76 public K-8 charter schools in nine states, including 47 schools in Michigan.  NHA opened its first school in Grand Rapids 19 years ago.  The charter system has 26,409 alumni, ranging from a 2012 Summer Olympics gold medalist to published authors.

“I am always in awe of the wonderful things our alumni are accomplishing,” said Hurlburt. “It is a testament to the wonderful work of our teachers, deans, and principals. Every student who graduates from an NHA school is an ambassador for the positive impact of a charter school in a student’s life.”

National Charter Schools week is May 4-10.

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