By Hank McCoy
A new charter school was approved by the city commission to accommodate students in need of alternative schooling options.
Called Academic Solutions Academy, the school is slated for grades 9 – 12, and located on over three acres at 10044 NW 31st Street in Coral Springs.
The location was chosen because the building once housed North Broward Prep, and the surrounding area is an educational enclave with Da Vinci Preschool Academy and Parkside Elementary in the area.
Bringing a unique class schedule, the school day will be broken into two sessions, 7 a.m. – 12 p.m., and 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. and can enroll a maximum of 700 students with 350 students per session, with 14 classrooms, and 35 staff members.
Seventy percent of the students attending the school will use Broward County public transportation, something a little different from other schools, according to Julie Krolak, Coral Springs Assistant Director of Development Services.
The school will issue bus passes to their students so that public transit is encouraged, said Michael Moskowitz, a lawyer representing ASA from the law firm Moskowitz, Mandell, Salim, & Simowitz.
However, there are no Broward County Transit bus stops at the school. Students would have to walk five minutes to and from the closest one on Sample road.
“You won’t have that massive influx of cars,” Krolak explained, “They’re actually only giving out 18 parking passes to the students themselves. The rest will come via carpooling or their parents dropping them off.”
ASA has two charter school locations — one in Sunrise and Fort Lauderdale. Their mission is to reach high-needs students who’ve previously been unsuccessful throughout their high school years obtain a high school diploma and go on to a post-secondary school — whether it’s a trade school or college.
Moskowitz, who recently represented developers to build Somerset Academy in Parkland on a parcel of land owned by Academica, said this school was a different type of operation since most have fixed hours.
“All students show up at a specific time, and all students leave at a certain time. This school caters to the students that can’t attend those types of schools. They may work, they may have children or family commitments,” he said.
There are no definite plans when the school will open as of press time.
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- Hank McCoy is a writer and journalist covering music, politics, and culture on his blog Hank’s Luncheonette, as well as currently working on publishing his first novel. Hank grew up in Parkland and graduated from FAU before moving to Chicago where he worked in the music industry as an artist and talent booker when he wasn’t throwing people out of punk bars. Hank recently moved back to South Florida after living overseas in Berlin while he traveled to Europe.
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