CEDAR HILL – Organizers of The UME Project are announcing that a new, UME charter school is being planned for the Fall of 2009.  The enrollment boundary for this new charter school includes the following school districts:

• Arlington ISD    

• Grand Prairie ISD

• Mansfield ISD        

• Milford ISD

• Cedar Hill ISD        

• Italy ISD        

• Mayfield ISD        

• Venus ISD

• Duncanville ISD        

• Kennedale ISD        

• Midlothian ISD    

This new charter school actively involves parents in the process of preparing students in grades K-12 for true success in college and in life.  

A planned feature of the school’s program also includes rewarding parental involvement with a college fund or scholarship for each semester of their children’s enrollment.

Current planning involves opening the school initially for grades K-6 with year-to-year expansion through grade 12.  However, final grade level planning and school location (within the enrollment boundary) will be determined primarily on the basis of expressed parental interest.  

An information meeting about this new charter school will be held on Saturday, Feb. 9 at The Oaks Baptist Church in Grand Prairie (801 E. Interstate 20, Grand Prairie, TX 75052) from 10:30-11:30 a.m.  

UMEP, Inc. is the non-profit organization sponsoring this new, UME charter school for the community.  

 Parents interested in being more involved in the education and lives of their children are invited to attend this public information meeting.  If a parent cannot be present, they can still register their interest by going on-line to the national Web site, www.umeschools.org, and entering their contact information under “to receive updates.”  School officials with UMEP, Inc. will then be informed of their interest and UMEP Inc. officials will send parents updates as the school’s planning progresses.  

If a parent is instead interested in a private, Christian UME school in the D/FW area, then they are encouraged to visit the Web site for the National Association of University-Model Schools at www.NAUMS.net for a complete listing of existing and developing UME private schools across the country.