Three applicants seek to open new charter schools in Pasco County
The number of new charter school applications continued to shrink in Pasco County since peaking with 11 two years ago.
Just three applicants met the Aug. 1 deadline to seek permission to open in the 2014-15 school year. They are:
- Pepin Academies, based in Tampa, to serve children with disabilities in third through twelfth grades. The school aims to open with as many as 325 students, and then to expand.
- Learning Lodge Academy, proposed by a local group, to serve at-risk Title I students in the New Port Richey area. The school plans to open with as many as 252 students.
- Kiddy Up Ranch, based in New Port Richey, to serve children with mild intellectual disabilities. Instruction will include animals, including therapeutic horseback riding. Projected to open with 40-60 students.
The district has 60 days to evaluate the proposals and vote on them, unless the sides agree to an extension. Currently, Pasco has five charter schools in operation, a virtual charter that is to start up this month and a classical prep charter that is approved but has delayed its debut.