A new charter school will be opening in Lincoln County on Aug. 12. With an inaugural class of 200 K-6 students, West Lake Preparatory Academy will operate in a temporary location at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church Activity Building in Denver. 

The school is run by Charter Schools USA, a Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accredited education management company, which currently manages 83 schools in six states, serving more than 70,000 students. 

West Lake Preparatory Academy was to be opened in a new facility that was to be constructed on a 10.6-acre lot on Triangle Circle in Denver, but that location was deemed unsuitable, according to Massimo “Max” Bosso, the director of real estate development for Ryan Companies US, Inc., the developer and contractor for the project. A new location has been proposed to be constructed on land located at the corner of Highway 73 and Club Drive in Denver. Like the management company, Ryan Companies is based out of Florida.

This new, single-story facility is now slated to open in 2020 and will house a total enrollment of 765 students. The school will operate as kindergarten through sixth grade in the temporary facility in year one, before expanding to 690 students in year two with the addition of seventh grade classes and then full enrollment in year three when eighth grade classes are introduced.

The school will be focused on career and college readiness, with a comprehensive curriculum including music, arts and sciences. All teachers at West Lake will be certified, which is not a requirement for charter schools, and the students will wear uniforms. The school will follow the Lincoln County Schools District calendar.

The student population at West Lake will be selected through a lottery format, similar to the one used by Lincoln Charter School, which has already been held for school year 2019-2020. There are, however, seats still open for all but kindergarten students. Applications are being accepted for these open seats.

For more information or to apply, visit https://www.wlakeprep.orgor call (704) 966-2202. Holy Spirit Catholic Church is located at 537 North Highway 16 in Denver.

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