(Michelle Higginbotham / American Press)
Last Modified: Friday, December 14, 2012 10:20 PM
Plans to open a new charter school for grades 9-12 in Lake Charles have been approved, according to a news release issued by the Lake Charles Charter Academy Foundation Inc. The school, which will house 1,200 students, was approved by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Lake Charles Charter Academy Foundation Board of Trustees plan to open for ninth-grade students in fall 2014 with 10th, 11th and 12th grades being added afterward. A location for the school has not yet been selected.
“We are so grateful that students who have successfully completed their K-8 education at our schools will have the opportunity for a natural progression to the same high quality level of education to which they have become accustomed,” said Judge Gene Thibodeaux, president of the Lake Charles Charter Foundation Inc. in a statement issued Friday. “We look forward to continuing the great work we have accomplished that encourages high performance throughout the entire school experience.”
The board of trustees has chosen a site on the corner of Ham Reid Road and Weaver Road for a new Southwest Louisiana Charter Academy facility. Construction of the facility is planned for the first quarter for 2013 with completion set for the fall. A temporary facility currently hosts classes for students. Grades K-6 are currently enrolled in the Southwest Louisiana Charter Academy and seventh and eighth grades will be added to enrollment in the following years.
“We are so pleased to work with our board to bring another high quality school to Lake Charles,” said Richard Page, vice president of development for Charter Schools USA in a news release issued Friday. “Our early successes have proven that every child can learn and when given the right educational environment, students will thrive.”