Academica Welcomes Nevada Charter Schools to Growing National Roster for 2013-2014 School Year

MIAMI, FL  (Aug. 15, 2013) – Academica—one of the nation’s leading charter school service and support organizations—today announced it will provide support services for two new Nevada-based charter schools, Somerset Academy Skypointe and Doral Academy of Nevada, both of which are slated to open for the 2013-2014 school year. The schools join a network of four other Nevada schools currently being serviced by Academica, Somerset Academy of Las Vegas – North Campus, Somerset Academy of Las Vegas – Emerson, Somerset Academy of Las Vegas – Oakey Campus, and Pinecrest Academy of Nevada.

According to Bob Howell, who serves as head of Academica’s operations in Nevada, the charter school movement is steadily gaining momentum in the state and extensive waiting lists for existing schools are prompting the development of new ones. Exemplifying that demand continues, Howell said waiting lists for new schools Somerset Academy Skypointe and Doral Academy of Nevada include twice as many students as those enrolled.

“It’s a testament to their [charter schools] growing success across the state of Nevada,” said Howell. “The Somerset Academy and Doral charter school networks, as well as Academica, are committed to creating opportunities for exceptional education in Nevada.”

Capitalizing on the nationwide success of the Somerset Academy school system, Somerset Academy Skypointe—located at 7038 Sky Pointe Drive—will mark Somerset’s fourth outpost in the state and be the first to feature a high school component, having recently amended its charter to include a college-preparatory style school.  Led by 21-year education veteran Principal Gayle Jefferson, the school will cater to 1,100 students in grades kindergarten through ninth, with plans to eventually serve 2,400 students.

Also slated to open this August, Doral Academy of Nevada. Located at 9625 West Saddle Ave., the school will serve 750 students in grades kindergarten through seventh. Featuring academic concentrations using arts integration, curriculums will incorporate content and skills from the arts—dance, music, theater, and the visual arts—as well as other core subjects. Principal Bridget Phillips will lead the school into its first year.

“Academica is proud of its continued growth in Nevada,” said Academica Founder and CEO Fernando Zulueta. “We look forward to providing support services to these institutions and assisting in their efforts to create bright futures for students.”

Academica’s four other Nevada-based client schools are continuing to make strides in educational achievement. For the upcoming 2013-2014 academic year, Pinecrest Academy of Nevada—which recently completed its first school year—will be increasing its enrollment to 925 students and serving students in grades kindergarten through eighth. Somerset Academy of Las Vegas – North Campus will maintain serving grades kindergarten through eighth and Somerset Academy of Las Vegas – Oakey campus will continue to cater to students in grades kindergarten through sixth.  Somerset Academy of Las Vegas – Emerson campus will serve grades kindergarten through seventh this year, with plans to grow to eighth grade next year.

As a charter school service and support provider, Academica serves in a similar capacity to a school district’s staff and board’s role in managing a traditional public school. The Florida-based organization has a proven track record of developing and growing networks of successful charter schools, with a current roster of approximately 100 schools operating throughout Florida, Georgia, Texas, Nevada, Utah, California, and Washington, D.C. Academica’s strategic formula of establishing schools in areas of great need has made it an instrumental resource in accelerating student and school performance nationwide for the past decade.

To learn more about Academica, visit www.Academica.org.  For further information on Somerset Academy Skypointe, as well as the other Somerset schools in Las Vegas, visit www.somersetacademyschools.com. For additional details on Pinecrest Academy of Nevada, visit www.pinecrestnv.org, and to learn more about Doral Academy of Nevada, visit www.doralacademynv.org.

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