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Pasco County charter schools anticipate 24 percent enrollment spike

Two new charters are scheduled to open in the fall.
 
Countryside Montessori is one of a growing number of Pasco County charter schools. [Times | 2012]
Countryside Montessori is one of a growing number of Pasco County charter schools. [Times | 2012]
Published April 13, 2018|Updated April 13, 2018

Most of Pasco County's more established charter schools expect to see their student population remain stable in 2018-19.

Even so, enrollment in the county's charter schools is expected to grow by  about 1,100 children — or nearly 25 percent — in the fall.

Two new charter schools will lead the way.

Union Park Charter Academy, to be located in Wesley Chapel, is a Charter Schools USA facility that projects opening with 615 students in kindergarten through sixth grade.

Plato Academy Charter School is expected to debut with 288 children in kindergarten through third grade. A sister school in Trinity, which began with 72 students, looks to grow to 260 as it completes its new building and adds fourth grade classes.

A couple of existing charter schools also anticipate strong growth.

Classical Preparatory, which recently added a new classroom building and extra grade levels, is projected to add nearly 180 more students, bringing its total to 850. And MYcroSchool, a 9-12 grade online program that came close to being shut down this year, plans to more than double its enrollment from 40 to 100.

Another new charter school is on track to open in Wesley Chapel, where most of the district schools are over capacity, in fall 2019.

The total charter enrollment in Pasco is expected to be 5,513 in the fall. By contracts, the number could rise to 7,342. See the district breakdown for more details.