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Charter school finds home in University Mall

TAMPA — A new charter school recently opened in Hillsborough County for the 2017-2018 school year.

Excelsior Prep Charter School is a tuition free, public school that is located inside the University Mall.

"It's a very unique space," said Rosalyn Williams Palmer, principal. "We have great support from the District in terms of being a new charter this year."

Excelsior Prep offers Kindergarten through 5th grade, and there are still seats available for enrollment. The school places an emphasis on learning foreign languages.

"Every student will be immersed in a second language for sixty minutes per day," said Palmer. "In addition to Spanish during the day for sixty minutes, we offer Mandarin and Arabic during our extended day care, which our after school is programming."

The school's bell times are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with an early release time of 2 p.m. on Mondays. Morning care begins at 7 a.m. and after school care is available until 6 p.m. Uniforms are required for all students and are color coordinated by grade level.

Excelsior Prep Charter School is located at 2156 University Mall, #260-262. For more information, call (813) 644-9060, or visit

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