Mark Claypool and John McLaughlin, education industry veterans with decades of experience, announced the creation of Galileo Preparatory Academy (GPA), a learner-centric, personalized private school that will open its first campus in January 2022 and serve students in grades 6 through 12.
The school, which is under construction at the corner of Moores Lane and Franklin Road in Franklin, Tenn., will bring together the best of traditional in-person instruction, virtual learning and technology-focused coursework. Co-founders Claypool and McLaughlin collaborated on the Galileo Preparatory Academy concept after years of working in education.
“My entire career has centered on providing children with the tools they need to have a successful life,” Claypool said. “With GPA, we are reinventing learning for students in grades 6 through 12. Our first campus will open in January 2022 in Williamson County, and we will open multiple locations across the Southeast by fall 2022.”
Galileo Preparatory Academy will offer a family-friendly scheduling model and a blend of virtual and in-person learning, making it possible for families to create a schedule that fits their needs and interests. Each student’s curriculum is personalized, making it possible for students to begin at any time of the year. GPA will offer a subscription model that is inclusive of all technology and learning materials rather than a traditional tuition-based model.