Construction as well as the application and enrollment process of a tuition-free public charter school serving students in grades K-8 who reside in Hillsborough County has begun last month in the heart of Riverview.
The two-story 55,000 sq.ft., school building located behind the Winthrop Town Centre on Providence Rd. and appropriately named Winthrop Charter School is slated to open its doors to the public this fall. Ready to welcome its first set of students for the 2011/2012 school year, Winthrop Charter School will follow the Hillsborough County Public School calendar.
According to Charter Schools USA Vice President of Development Richard Page, Winthrop Charter School is the organization’s first in Hillsborough County, completing the list of a total of 23 schools in the state.
“We have a long established presence in the state of Florida, promoting our “students first” culture, while emphasizing the need for strong parental involvement and support,” Page said.
Page explained that the enrollment process which began last month will run until Sunday, May 1; however, acceptance is not based on a first-come-first-served basis, but on an upcoming lottery, giving all applicants an equal chance of enrollment.
“We have already received more than 1,000 applications, while the school is designed to reach capacity at 860 students,” Page said. “Subsequent grades up to grade 12, will be added during the next four years.
Proud of the school’s operation, Page spoke highly of its mission to provide students with individualized lesson plans as well as the necessary tools and skills needed to develop superior levels of achievement.
“We strive for academic, social and physical excellence by providing a quality and challenging curriculum, achievable in a safe, nurturing environment,” he said. “We promote positive moral and social values and foster an atmosphere of self-discipline while maximizing individual productivity to meet the needs of a changing global society.”
Page said that at Winthrop Charter School students will be able to maximize their potential for successfully reaching their goals thanks to the presence of a well-trained faculty.
The Winthrop Charter School is a member of the Charter Schools USA (CSUSA) family of schools. CSUSA is one of the largest providers of charter school management services in the nation. CSUSA manages private and municipal charters for grades Pre-K through 12.
For more information on charter schools or Charter Schools USA, please visit www.charterschoolsusa.com.