• Posted by: Luis Beyra
  • Posted On: Oct 30, 2018
  • Category: News


Pinecrest Academy, Inc. celebrates its expansion in the Avalon community

Orange County, FL – On Friday October 19th, Pinecrest Academy Avalon students, faculty, community leaders and board members celebrated the school’s grand opening ribbon cutting. Principal Yasmeen Khan was joined by the Board Chair of Pinecrest Academy, Inc., Dr. Judith Marty. Several Pinecrest Academy Inc. board members along with Orange County Public School board member, Ms. Daryl Flynn and Avalon Park Community leaders attended the ribbon cutting ceremony that began at 10 a.m. at the school site located 13993 Mailer Blvd., Orlando, FL 32828.

This tuition-free public charter school opened its doors in August 2018 to 200 students from Kindergarten through 5th grade. The school’s curriculum will allow for students to experience a rigorous curriculum with an enhanced focus on Project Lead the Way STEM curriculum, Coding and a Positive Behavior Supports Character Education program.  

Mrs. Khan, the Principal said, “I am very proud of our achievements thus far. In a short time, we have implemented many research based programs which students are enjoying.  I love seeing the excitement on the students’ faces when they come to school every day.  That alone, makes my job very rewarding.’’

Accredited by AdvancED/SACS, Pinecrest Academy Avalon is the fourth Pinecrest Academy School in Central Florida, and joins Pinecrest’s growing roster of high-performing charter schools in Florida. The organization has a proven track record of developing a network of successful charter schools throughout Miami and has been seeking to expand its program throughout the state. Pinecrest’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.
Academica, one of the nation’s longest-serving and most successful charter school service and support organizations, is the education service provider for Pinecrest Academy, Inc. as well as for over 175 charter schools in Florida.  More information about Pinecrest Avalon is available at www.pinecrestavalonk5.com.

For immediate release                    
October 23, 2018

For more information, contact:
Mr. Fernando Barroso


Mr. Fernando Barroso
Ms. Jessica Brown
Dr. Judy Marty
Ms. Yasmeen Khan
Mr. Carlos Alvarez
Ms. Shannie Sadesky

Mr. Michael Williamson (RD Michaels)
Ross Halle (Avalon Park Group)
Beat Khali (Avalon Park Group)
Dr. Judy Marty (Pinecrest Board Chair)
Dr. Kia Sweeney Scott (Director of School Choice OCPS)
Mr. Julio Robaina (CEO of Academica?) I was not sure of his title
Ms. Yasmeen Khan (Principal)
Ms. Jessica Brown (Lead Teacher)
Ms. Daryl Flynn (OCPS district 2 board member)
Mr. Juan Molina (Pinecrest board member)
Ms. Shannie Sadesky (Pinecrest board member)
Mr. Carlos Alvarez (Pinecrest board member)




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  • Posted by: Luis Beyra
  • Posted On: Oct 29, 2018
  • Category: News, School News
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New $12M charter school to open in vacant Four Corners supermarket on U.S. 27

Article by Laura Kinsler

A Jacksonville-based charter school developer has secured county approvals to open a K-8 charter school in a former Winn Dixie supermarket on U.S. 27 in south Lake County.

Taylor Smith, president of Project Finance & Development Inc., said the new Pinecrest Academy in Four Corners would serve up to 1,050 students from all four counties. The school site is about a half mile north of Cagan Crossings and one mile north of the U.S. 192 intersection.

from the county. Lake County Schools awarded a charter beginning in Fall 2019.

The new Pinecrest Academy in Four Corners would renovate and repurpose the 49,000-square-foot supermarket, outlined in red, while another 15,316 would be reserved for future expansion.

Severns and Smith said that the project involves the complete conversion of the closed 49,000-square-foot Winn Dixie store into a new state-of-the-art charter school, as well as the redevelopment of a portion of the parking lot to provide parent drop-off and pick-up areas, recreational fields and playground areas. The school would feature the latest educational technology for students as well as high-tech security and safety features, they said.

The Four Corners school represents the second Pinecrest Academy charter school in Lake County, with the other A-rated Pinecrest K-8 School
in Minneola.

Florida Engineering Group provided civil work. The school is being designed by Miami-based Civica Architecture Group and will be built in two phases, with the second phase involving a 15,000-square-foot expansion of the existing facility.

Pinecrest officials are also working with Lake County School officials to avoid duplication of services between the charter school and a planned K-8 public school to serve the growing Four Corners area. The school district has a 35- acre site nearby and is designing a traditional campus to open as early as August 2021.

The development team has been active in charter school development in Central Florida. Smith’s PF&D Inc. provided the financial backing for a new

Mater Academy in St. Cloud, and Severns represented BridgePrep Academy on the land acquisition and permitting for its new Poinciana charter school.

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  • Posted by: Luis Beyra
  • Posted On: Oct 11, 2018
  • Category: News
KWCA Senior Raquel Brady Earns Perfect Score

Raquel Brady Nominated for the Academic Presidential Scholar’s Award

Raquel Brady, senior at KWCA, has been nominated for the Academic Presidential Scholar Award. Touting a GPA over 4.4 and coming off a recent perfect score on the US History FSA EOC Raquel is on a roll. In addition to recently passing her AP Biology exam Raquel is currently enrolled in her 4th Dual Enrollment class at FKCC. If those stats are not impressive enough her writing is. Mr. Horan, KWCA English Teacher, submitted examples of Raquel’s work with his nomination for the award. In addition to poetry, he submitted “Conversations Over Catnip,” a short story which can be read by the title of this announcement.

KWCA Senior Raquel Brady Earns Perfect Score

KWCA Senior Raquel Brady Earns Perfect Score

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