LGBT youth and parents in the state of Georgia, have cause for celebration as a private k-12 school will be opening its doors in September 2016 to students of all color, background, and sexual preference.
The school, to be named, Pride School Atlanta, is another private institution to pop up across the country, catered specifically to students who feel bullied or misunderstood at traditional schools because of their sexuality.
“Kids have full permission to be themselves — as well as educators. Where there’s no wondering, ‘Is this teacher going to be a person for me to be myself with?'” said founder Christian Zsilavetz, who is transgender and a veteran teacher with nearly 25 years of experience. “This is a place where they (students) can just open up and be the best person they can be.”
Tuition for Pride School Atlanta is expected to be in the ballpark of $13,000; although, Zsilavetz assures that families may qualify for financial assistance if they need it.
The school will be modeled after the Harvey Milk school in New York City, fostering a bully-free environment that encourages students to pursue their passions. Unlike with traditional schools, the students’ interests will drive their education.
“I think right now what a lot of (LGBT) students face is separate but equal education in the public schools. Because if you can’t go to the bathroom all day and you can’t use the locker room and you’re bullied in the classroom and the teachers aren’t standing up for you, you don’t have a full seat at the table.”
Christian Zsilavetz, founder of Pride School Atlanta
This should be an interesting development as the school will be the first of its kind in the Southeast region of the country.
What I’d like to know is: How do you know a student is LGBT in kindergarten?
It seems completely bizarre to have students at such a young age, enrolled in a private school that is centered around a person’s sexuality.
We all played house when we were little kids and you’d have those little boys who ran around dry humping girls on the playground, but I don’t remember anyone claiming to be gay in kindergarten.
Yes, I know the school isn’t only for LGBT youth, but it’s primary focus certainly centers around them.
The thought is excellent but I’m apprehensive about the future execution.