The School Board of East Point Academy is pleased to announce that Dr. Winnie Johnson accepted its offer to serve as Head of School for EPA starting July 1, 2015. The board voted unanimously to approve and sign a contract with Dr. Johnson for three years. Dr. Johnson is presently at Dutchtown Elementary School in Hampton, Georgia, where she has been principal for ten years. During the 2013-14 school year, Dr. Johnson developed The Chinese Dual Immersion Program. This program is the first of its kind in Georgia. Her participation in a delegation to Beijing, China in 2006 to explore ways to implement Chinese language programs in American schools sparked her interest in Mandarin immersion. Since its inception, the dual-immersion program at Dutchtown has been well-received. Dr. Johnson’s experience with education has a long tenure, where she started out as a speech pathologist working within all grade levels of education. She then advanced her position within the school from school counselor to principal. She has provided direct assistance in all phases of opening two elementary schools within her district. She has served as a mentor and coach to her teachers as well as nationwide through leadership courses where she was a facilitator. Dr. Johnson will continue to serve Dutchtown Elementary until the close of this school year. She will be in contact with EPA, however, between now and July to assist in a smooth transition for our school. Please join in our excitement in welcoming Dr. Johnson this summer when she starts as new Head of School. Details regarding a welcome reception held at the school this summer will be forthcoming.
Edward Davis, Chairman
East Point Academy, Board of Directors
East Point Academy is a public school that is authorized by the South Carolina Public Charter School District but is classified as a charter school because it is allowed to set critical achievement standards at or above existing public schools. We are a small learning community that started with approximately 120 students. This year, we have expanded to 500 students in 3K, 4K, 5K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade. We will continue to add one grade level each year, up through the 8th grade. East Point Academy provides students the personal attention and extra help they need to succeed in the classroom and in society through personalized learning in small classes, bilingual language instruction in English and Chinese by certified teachers, civic engagement, cultural and social awareness activities, and parent-school partnerships. All of our students benefit from a rigorous, innovative, and learner-centered curriculum, including inquiry-based instruction to acquire, organize, and communicate information and to solve problems.
East Point Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, immigrant status, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. For questions pertaining to Section 504 or Special Education contact Mrs. Lisa Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org ) and for questions pertaining to Title IX contact Mrs. Mathews (email@example.com) at East Point Academy Elementary campus 1401 Leaphart St. West Columbia, SC 29169 or the Primary campus 1340 Knox Abbott Drive, Cayce, SC 29033.
East Point Academy: A South
Carolina Public Charter School
South Carolina’s First Chinese Immersion Elementary School
Partnered with strong support from USC's Confucius Institute
East Point Academy is a public school and is open to all South Carolina Students!
The following individuals submitted applications and met the requirements of the bylaws to be candidates for election for the East Point Academy Board of Directors:
There are 3 open seats.
Early voting for Board Elections will be held
Wednesday, April 29 8:00am-3:00pm.
Thursday, April 30 voting will take place from 7:15am-6:00pm.
Voting will take place in the lobby of both campuses. Parents will be eligible
to submit one vote per student enrolled at East Point Academy.
* Applications for appointed seats will remain open until June 15.*