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  • Quick Facts: Orenda Education

    Founded: August, 1995

    Type of Organization: Private 501 © 3 Not-for-Profit Corporation

    The Need: To enhance our American public education system through improved teaching, innovation in instructional methods, and integration of technology to personalize learning and create more engaged students.

    Our Mission: To create new and innovative school choice opportunities in Central Texas for families seeking an alternative to the large, more traditional public school system.

    Our Vision: To be a leader in the school choice movement, providing life-changing academic instruction to students who may not reach their academic and human potential in the large, more traditional public school system.

    Our Purpose: The Corporation is organized exclusively for charitable, educational and scientific purposes. Orenda Education is also the not-for-profit sponsoring entity for the Orenda Charter School District, an “open- enrollment charter school” district. A charter school is a public school sponsored by a private, not-for-profit organization.

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    Charter School Name: Orenda Charter School District

    Charter Awarded 2001: Generation 7

    Annual Operating Budget: $19 Million

    Total Employees: 180

    Total School District Enrollment: 1,900 (SY 2020-2021)

    Average State Funding Received Per Student: $8,415

    Average Annual Local Tax Revenues: Zero. Public charter schools do not have taxing authority in Texas.

    Orenda Charter School District owns and operates the following schools:

    • Gateway College Prep School - Georgetown, TX
    • Gateway Tech School - Georgetown, TX
    • New Horizons School - Goldthwaite, TX
    • Nolan Creek School - Belton, TX
    • Kingsland School - Kingsland, TX