More than 400 students started their first day of school at the first day of Brookhaven Innovation Academy, a debut more than three years in the making.

Brookhaven Innovation Academy Board Chair Jennifer Langley, left, and Head of School Dr. Laurie Kimbrel, cut the ribbon to open the first day of BIA. (Photo Phil Mosier)

The day began with a ribbon cutting with Head of School Dr. Laurie Kimbrel and BIA Board Chair Jennifer Langley.

The new state public charter school opened Aug. 2 at its temporary location in Norcross with 420 students signed up for grades K-6, said Head of School Dr. Laurie Kimbrel. There are a few slots open for enrollment.

There are three classes for each grade with approximately 20 students in each class, she said. There are 21 classroom teachers, one special education teacher, one music teacher, one PE teacher and one ESOL teacher.

“Our extensive preparations over the last several months have allowed us to be ready for a successful start, and our highly skilled teachers cannot wait to meet their students,” Kimbrel said in an email.