Staff Report

Waterset will be home to a new charter school beginning in the fall of 2017. Construction is expected in the coming weeks for Waterset Charter School at 6711 North U.S. Hwy. 41, just north of Apollo Beach Blvd.

Waterset Charter School is expected to serve 1,145 students in a new 68,658-sq. ft. building located on 21 acres. The building will house 49 classrooms, two art, two science, two computer, two music rooms and a multi-purpose room. Outdoor recreation areas for students will include a playfield, basketball court and tot lot. 

Initially, the school will offer classes for students in Kindergarten through grade six, with grades seventh and eighth added in subsequent years.  

“Waterset Charter School will provide additional educational options not only for residents within Waterset, but for the entire SouthShore community,” said Alex McLeod, Senior Vice President of Operations for Newland Communities in Tampa. “We’re excited to be a part of what we believe will be an active and engaged school.”

Waterset Charter School is part of the Charter Schools USA, Inc. (CSUSA) family of schools. It will be governed by the Florida Charter Educational Foundation which consists of local community leaders. Waterset Charter School will be the organization’s fifth school in Tampa Bay. It also operates SouthShore Charter Academy and Winthrop Charter School.

Enrollment is available online and will run through March 15. Interested parents should visit for requirements and additional information.

Waterset by Newland Communities is a master-planned community located in Apollo Beach. Waterset features a variety of amenities that include a community pool, fitness center, Fit Trail and Greenway. The Waterset information center is located in The Landing Club & Café and is open daily from 10 6 p.m., and on Sundays from noon to 6 p.m., along with 15 model homes priced from $190,000s to over $500,000.

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