In September 2007, Lena Pope received one of three new charters awarded that year for the state of Texas, by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). This charter enabled Lena Pope to open a public charter school, Chapel Hill Academy (CHA), on August 25, 2008. The vision of Chapel Hill Academy is to offer a rigorous and enriching learning experience for all students, to inspire critical thinking and nurture a respect for self and others. In its first year (2008-2009), Chapel Hill Academy was made up of pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first grade classes. Second grade was added in the 2009-2010 school year and third grade was added in the 2010-11 school year. Fourth grade was added in the fall of the 2011-12 school year and fifth grade was added for the 2012-13 school year.

Chapel Hill Academy provides a structured and innovative environment built on the belief that all children can excel, and their time at CHA is their first step toward a college degree. Through the power of a positive learning environment, the students are given a strong foundation that will prepare them for a future of success.

For over eighty years, Lena Pope has been providing services to youth. Through these experiences, Lena Pope has learned that when children have a foundation of academic and education excellence they can reach their potential and experience success.

Every student who begins their education at Chapel Hill Academy is encouraged to be a goal setter and realize their fullest potential. This means that the path to a college education begins on their first day at CHA. Regardless of socioeconomic or family background, the opportunity to advance through secondary education is an attainable goal.

Community and Student Engagement

Evaluating Community & Student Engagement
The state has added a new component to its accountability system: evaluating Texas school districts and individual campuses on how well they engage the community and students.

Under this new system, Chapel Hill Academy earned an overall rating of Exemplary.

Please click HERE to see our Ratings.

"The question regarding "History of Compliance with Statutory Reporting Requirements" was inadvertently left unanswered in the PEIMS submission data.  CHA is compliant with this indicator for Performance in Community and Student Engagement per the House Bill 5 regulations."
About the new system
The 83rd Texas Legislature, through House Bill 5 (HB 5), added Section 39.0545 to the Texas Education Code (TEC).
This section requires school districts to evaluate performance in community and student engagement, as well as in compliance with state reporting requirements, for the District as a whole and for each of its campuses.
For the evaluation, districts must use criteria developed by a local committee and must assign an overall rating and a rating for each criteria at both the District and campus levels.

Ratings must be publicly reported no later than August 8 of each year.

Factors used in the evaluation
The following factors were used in evaluating Chapel Hill Academy’s performance in community and student engagement:

  1. 21st-century workforce development programs
  2. Second-language acquisition programs
  3. Community and parental involvement
  4. Digital learning environment
  5. Dropout prevention strategies
  6. Fine arts
  7. Gifted & talented programs
  8. Wellness and physical education
  9. History of compliance with statutory reporting requirements

What are the ratings categories?
There are five possible ratings a District and individual Campus can receive for Factors 1-8. They are: Exemplary, Recognized, Acceptable, Unacceptable or Not Applicable.

A rating label of Yes or No will be assigned for Factor 9, history of compliance with statutory reporting requirements.

If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Lydia Bailiff at 817-289-0242.