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Is your Florida charter school high performing?

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November

Keeping with new state law, the Florida Department of Education has blessed 104 charter schools as "high performing" this year. The appellation grants these schools added powers, making it even more difficult for local school boards to govern them. (See Pasco County's recent deliberations over a Charter Schools USA application.)

The new abilities granted to these high performers include adding enrollment annually without outside permission, expanding grade levels without sponsor approval, getting 15 year contracts, and opening "replicated" schools anywhere in Florida with minimal barriers. Of course, that replication is limited to one per year, but that hasn't stopped some operators from proposing several all over the state. Keep an eye on that one.

Which are these "high performing" schools? 

They include schools run by or connected to lawmakers, including Rep. John Legg (Dayspring Academy in Pasco) and Rep. Seth McKeel (South McKeel Academy and McKeel Elementary Academy in Polk), Rep. Erik Fresen (several Academica schools in Miami-Dade) and Sen. Anitere Flores (Doral Academy in Miami-Dade). Others include Hillsborough's Terrace Academy, Literacy Leadership Training Academy and Learning Gate Community School, Pinellas' Pinellas Preparatory, Plato Academy, St. Petersburg Collegiate and Academie da Vinci and Hernando's Gulf Coast Academy.

Read on for the complete list. 

District

School

Sarasota

Student Leadership Academy

Polk

Berkley Accelerated Middle School

Palm Beach

Palm Beach Maritime Academy

Sumter

The Villages Charter School

Dade

The Charter School at Waterstone

Brevard

Sculptor Charter School

Palm Beach

Academy for Positive Learning

Hernando

Gulf Coast Academy of Science & Technology

Polk

Ridgeview Global Studies Academy

Sarasota

Sarasota School of Arts and Sciences

Dade

Youth Co-op Charter School

Pinellas

Pinellas Preparatory Academy

Lake

Spring Creek Elementary School

Brevard

Odyssey Charter School

Dade

Summerville Advantage Academy

Indian River

North County Elementary Charter School

Seminole

Choices in Learning

Orange

Lake Eola Charter School

Okaloosa

Liza Jackson Preparatory Academy

Alachua

Alachua Learning Center

Dade

Aventura City of Excellence School

Lee

Bonita Springs Charter School

Broward

Coral Springs Charter School

Osceola

Four Corners Charter School

Lee

Gateway Charter School

Broward

Hollywood Academy of Arts & Science Elem.

Broward

Hollywood Academy of Arts & Science Middle

Dade

Keys Gate Charter School

Broward

North Broward Academy of Excellence Middle

Broward

North Broward Academy of Excellence Elem.

Dade

Renaissance Elementary Charter School

Dade

Renaissance Middle Charter School

Lee

Gateway Intermediate Charter School

Pinellas

Plato Academy Charter School

Gadsden

Crossroad Academy

Bay

Bay Haven Charter Academy Elem.

Bay

Bay Haven Charter Academy Middle

Lake

Mascotte Elementary

Escambia

Pensacola Beach Elementary

Pasco

Dayspring Academy

Alachua

The One Room School House

Lake

Minneola Elementary

Dade

Florida International Charter School

Broward

The Charter School of Excellence Ft. Lauderdale 1

Walton

Seaside Neighborhood School

Lake

Round Lake Elementary School

Dade

Coral Reef Montessori Academy Charter School

Leon

The School for the Arts and Sciences

Martin

Clark Advanced Learning System

Broward

Ben Gamla Charter School

Dade

Pinecrest Academy Charter Middle School

Dade

Pinecrest Academy, South Campus

Dade

Pinecrest Academy Charter School

Dade

International Studies Charter High School

Indian River

Sebastian Charter Junior High

Hillsborough

Literacy Leadership Technology Academy

Brevard

Royal Palm Charter School

Dade

Somerset Academy Silver Palms

Dade

Somerset Academy Middle Charter School

Dade

Somerset Academy Charter High School

Dade

Somerset Academy Charter School

Broward

Somerset Academy Middle School Miramar

Broward

Somerset Academy Charter School Miramar

Broward

Somerset Academy Charter School

Broward

Somerset Academy Charter School Davie

Broward

Somerset Academy Charter High School

Broward

Somerset Academy Middle Charter School

Indian River

Indian River Charter High School

Dade

Doctors Charter School of Miami Shores

Palm Beach

Western Academy Charter School

Collier

Marco Island Charter Middle School

Alachua

Micanopy Area Cooperative School

Hillsborough

Learning Gate Community School

Dade

Archimedean Upper Conservatory

Dade

Archimedean Middle Conservatory

Dade

Archimedean Academy

Dade

ASPIRA South Youth Leadership Charter School

Putnam

The Children's Reading Center

Sarasota

Island Village Montessori Charter School, Inc.

Lee

Christa Mcaulliffe Elementary School

Lee

Oasis Elementary Charter School

Lee

Oasis Middle School

Orange

HOPE Charter School

Brevard

Imagine Charter School at Weston

Hillsborough

Terrace Community

Pinellas

St. Petersburg Collegiate High School

Pinellas

Academie Da Vinci

Polk

Hillcrest Elementary

FSUS

Florida State University School

Lake

Imagine Charter School at South Lake

Broward

Central Charter School

Polk

South McKeel Academy

Polk

McKeel Elementary Academy

Dade

Doral Academy

Dade

Doral Academy Charter Middle School

Dade

Doral Academy Charter High School

Dade

Doral Performing Arts Academy

Dade

Mater Academy East Charter School

Dade

Mater Academy Charter Middle School

Dade

Mater Academy Charter High School

Dade

Mater Performing Arts and Entertainment Academy

Dade

Mater Gardens Academy

Dade

Mater Gardens Academy Middle School

Dade

Mater Academy Lakes Middle School

Dade

Mater Academy

[Last modified: Thursday, November 3, 2011 6:20am]

    

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