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Lafayette Charter plans high school on Northside

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Posted at 2:11 PM, Jan 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-25 15:58:52-05

Lafayette Charter Foundation has been approved to expand its current school to 12th grade.

The Louisiana State Board of Secondary and Elementary Education (BESE) approved the Lafayette Charter Foundation to expand its charter to include grades 9-12. Once a site is selected, the building is expected to be ready to open in fall 2022, foundation officials say.

“From the moment we opened the doors at Lafayette Renaissance Charter School six years ago, our board started the process with our management and development partners to provide the students in the north end with a high quality educational option and this is where we are today,” said Mary Louella Riggs, Lafayette Charter Foundation board president. “A brand new school will build and enhance confidence, self-esteem, pride and a desire for education where students are loved and cared for and become true members of a real educational family. We couldn’t be more excited for the children who have been searching for the right high school that fits their needs.”

Charter Schools USA and Red Apple Development will now begin the process of securing a location and building the school, a release states.

Charter Schools USA manages two schools in Lafayette parish, LRCA and Acadiana Renaissance Charter Academy (ARCA.) ARCA started as a K-8 school, but due to increased demand, the school expanded its middle school capacity and opened a high school this past fall in the expanded middle school, adding ninth grade. Construction is expected to be complete on the high school building next year and will offer students seats in grades K-10.

The website will be live soon and enrollment will open in the winter, the release states.