D-20 school board gives approval for new charter school

Published: Oct. 19, 2017 at 9:16 PM MDT
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A new charter school could soon be opening up in Colorado Springs.

On Thursday night, the D-20 school board gave conditional approval for the New Summit Charter Academy to open in fall of 2018.

New Summit Charter Academy board chairman Rick Van Wieren said for 20 years the only charter school in that district has been The Classical Academy (TCA). He said parents want another choice because the wait list to get into TCA is so long.

Van Wieren said one of the conditions to get the new school formally approved is that it must have 356 students registered in grades K-6 by the end of March. He said students do not have to live in the district to attend.

The school will be located at the former NavPress headquarters at 7899 Lexington Dr. It is near the intersection of Lexington Drive and Union Boulevard in the Briargate neighborhood.