October 6, 2018
Dear Arundel Families:
The decision is in -- Arundel families have middle school choice!
Arundel families who want their children to attend Thornton Academy Middle School (TAMS) at public expense may now rest assured that they DO have that option. On October 5th, the Superior Court ruled definitively in favor of Arundel families' right to middle school choice.
The option to attend high school at Thornton Academy at public expense has never been in question. Thornton Academy has always been, and will always be, the publicly funded high school of choice for families in Arundel -- in fact, the overwhelming majority of high school students in Arundel attend TA. But many Arundel families want their children to attend Thornton starting in middle school, and we are extremely pleased that this option remains for those families. Thornton Academy will also continue to provide transportation to and from TAMS at no cost to families.
TAMS is thriving! TAMS offers students exactly the kind of supportive and caring environment that is so critical during the middle school years. The preference for a close, personal, and individualized school community is the reason Arundel families want their children to attend TAMS. Now that all uncertainty has been eliminated, we know we will hear from even more Arundel families who want to join the TAMS community.
Again, we are delighted that the law has been upheld and that Arundel's right to publicly funded school choice remains firmly in place. We look forward to serving the students and families of Arundel for years to come.
Rene M. Menard