Cirrus Charter Academy

Summary:

Cirrus Charter Academy is a public charter school in Macon, Georgia that serves 469 students in grades K-8, with a predominantly African American student population. However, the school consistently ranks near the bottom of Georgia elementary schools, with significantly lower academic performance compared to state and district averages.

Cirrus Charter Academy faces several key challenges that contribute to its poor performance. It has a 100% free and reduced-price lunch rate, indicating all students come from low-income households, and a relatively high student-teacher ratio of 20.5. The school also spends less per student, around $9,807, compared to nearby Bibb County schools, which range from $9,700 to $12,630 per student. Despite these disadvantages, nearby Bibb County schools generally outperform Cirrus Charter Academy, suggesting factors beyond just student demographics may be impacting the school's ability to provide a high-quality education.

Cirrus Charter Academy's consistently low performance on state assessments, with little to no improvement over time, raises questions about the effectiveness of the charter school model in addressing the needs of disadvantaged students. The school may require significant, targeted interventions and support, such as professional development for teachers, additional resources and programs for students, and a comprehensive review of the school's curriculum and instructional practices, in order to improve student outcomes.


Detail:

Public, Charter K-8

 1870 Pio Nono Ave
       Macon, GA  31204


(478) 250-1376

District: State Charter Schools II- Cirrus Charter Academy

SchoolDigger Rank:
1210th of 1,243 Georgia Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $9,807 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  20.5 Help
Number of students:  469

Racial breakdown:

African American:
89.6%
Two or more races:
5.5%
Hispanic:
2.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  100% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Cirrus Charter Academy ranks worse than 97.3% of elementary schools in Georgia. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 8.28. (See more...)
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Compare Details Cirrus Charter Academy ranks worse than 94.5% of middle schools in Georgia. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 10.49. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: African American (89.6%), two or more races (5.5%), Hispanic (2.8%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 100% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Cirrus Charter Academy is 20.5. (See more...)
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Compare Cirrus Charter Academy employs 22.8 full-time teachers.
Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Cirrus Charter Academy is $9,807.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Cirrus Charter Academy was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.
SchoolDigger ranks Cirrus Charter Academy 550th of 582 Georgia public middle schools. (See Cirrus Charter Academy in the ranking list.)

State Charter Schools II- Cirrus Charter Academy:

SchoolDigger ranks State Charter Schools II- Cirrus Charter Academy 199th of 201 Georgia school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Cirrus Charter Academy

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools GA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 4.75 1228th 1234 0.5%
2021 6.78 1201st 1214 1.1%
2022 8.04 1209th 1244 2.8%
2023 8.28 1209th 1242 2.7%
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Data source: test scores: Georgia Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Cirrus Charter Academy

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools GA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 10.63 516th 559 7.7%
2021 7.58 530th 542 2.2%
2022 10.86 530th 567 6.5%
2023 10.49 545th 577 5.5%
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Data source: test scores: Georgia Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Data source: Georgia Department of Education

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Enrollment information for Cirrus Charter Academy

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2017 17 432 0 4 2 1 11 0 467
2018 15 414 0 3 0 1 5 0 438
2019 12 409 1 2 0 0 6 0 430
2020 12 483 1 4 0 0 14 0 514
2021 9 485 1 8 0 0 14 0 517
2022 8 497 2 11 0 0 23 0 541
2023 5 420 2 13 3 0 26 0 469

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Cirrus Charter Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2017 467 26.5 17.6 0.6
2018 438 28.0 15.6 100
2019 430 24.0 17.9 100
2020 514 29.0 17.7 100
2021 517 29.0 17.8 100
2022 541 35.0 15.4 n/a
2023 469 22.8 20.5 100

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Cirrus Charter Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2017 467 26.5 17.6 0.6
2018 438 28.0 15.6 100
2019 430 24.0 17.9 100
2020 514 29.0 17.7 100
2021 517 29.0 17.8 100
2022 541 35.0 15.4 n/a
2023 469 22.8 20.5 100

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Cirrus Charter Academy

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2018 $736 (8.1%) $8,375 (91.9%) $9,111
2019 $2,476 (25.2%) $7,331 (74.8%) $9,807

Data source: Georgia Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Cirrus Charter Academy

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 1228th of 1234 Elementary schoolsRanks 1209th of 1242 Elementary schools
 2.2%
Ranks 516th of 559 Middle schoolsRanks 545th of 577 Middle schools
 2.1%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Cirrus Charter Academy)2.64.2
 1.6%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (State Charter Schools II- Cirrus Charter Academy)2.64.2
 1.6%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Georgia)4238.6
 3.4%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Cirrus Charter Academy)10.59.7
 0.8%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (State Charter Schools II- Cirrus Charter Academy)10.59.7
 0.8%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Georgia)5245.6
 6.4%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Cirrus Charter Academy)6.415.2
 8.8%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (State Charter Schools II- Cirrus Charter Academy)6.415.2
 8.8%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Georgia)4236.1
 5.9%
4th Grade Mathematics (Cirrus Charter Academy)176.5
 10.5%
   4th Grade Mathematics (State Charter Schools II- Cirrus Charter Academy)176.5
 10.5%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Georgia)4945.7
 3.3%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Cirrus Charter Academy)5.910.2
 4.3%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (State Charter Schools II- Cirrus Charter Academy)5.910.2
 4.3%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Georgia)4541.6
 3.4%
5th Grade Mathematics (Cirrus Charter Academy)24.1
 2.1%
   5th Grade Mathematics (State Charter Schools II- Cirrus Charter Academy)24.1
 2.1%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Georgia)4137.4
 3.6%
5th Grade Science (Cirrus Charter Academy)9.810.2
 0.4%
   5th Grade Science (State Charter Schools II- Cirrus Charter Academy)9.810.2
 0.4%
   5th Grade Science (Georgia)4340
 3%
6th Grade English Language Arts (Cirrus Charter Academy)13.618.6
 5%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (State Charter Schools II- Cirrus Charter Academy)13.618.6
 5%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Georgia)4639.2
 6.8%
6th Grade Mathematics (Cirrus Charter Academy)2.31.7
 0.6%
   6th Grade Mathematics (State Charter Schools II- Cirrus Charter Academy)2.31.7
 0.6%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Georgia)4032.9
 7.1%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Cirrus Charter Academy)23.417.8
 5.6%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (State Charter Schools II- Cirrus Charter Academy)23.417.8
 5.6%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Georgia)3939.1
 0.1%
7th Grade Mathematics (Cirrus Charter Academy)6.413.3
 6.9%
   7th Grade Mathematics (State Charter Schools II- Cirrus Charter Academy)6.413.3
 6.9%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Georgia)4334.9
 8.1%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Cirrus Charter Academy)16.78.2
 8.5%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (State Charter Schools II- Cirrus Charter Academy)16.78.2
 8.5%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Georgia)4742.1
 4.9%
8th Grade Mathematics (Cirrus Charter Academy)13.92
 11.9%
   8th Grade Mathematics (State Charter Schools II- Cirrus Charter Academy)13.92
 11.9%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Georgia)3536.2
 1.2%
8th Grade Science (Cirrus Charter Academy)13.96.1
 7.8%
   8th Grade Science (State Charter Schools II- Cirrus Charter Academy)13.96.1
 7.8%
   8th Grade Science (Georgia)3226.4
 5.6%
8th Grade Social Studies (Cirrus Charter Academy)5.60
 5.6%
   8th Grade Social Studies (State Charter Schools II- Cirrus Charter Academy)5.60
 5.6%
   8th Grade Social Studies (Georgia)4135.9
 5.1%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students430469
 9.1%
African American409420
 2.7%
American Indian03
Asian12
 100%
Hispanic213
 550%
Pacific Islander00
White125
 58.3%
Two or More Races626
 333.3%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients100%100%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Cirrus Charter Academy

In the 2022-23 school year, 469 students attended Cirrus Charter Academy.

Students at Cirrus Charter Academy are 90% African American, 6% Two or more races, 3% Hispanic, 1% White.

Cirrus Charter Academy ranks in the bottom 2.7% of Georgia elementary schools.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Georgia Department of Education.

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