Excelsior looks to almost double its enrollment « Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah – Utah News

Excelsior looks to almost double its enrollment « Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah – Utah News

Estimated $10M loan will be used to expand school building in Erda 

The charter school on Erda Way is going to get bigger and bigger.

Excelsior Academy in Erda has plans to bump its approved enrollment number from 675 to 750 this coming fall — and then to 1,215 in fall 2018.

The school’s board of directors have applied to the State Charter School Board for “safe harbor status,” for the 2017-18 school year.

Safe harbor status, as requested by Excelsior Academy, will allow the school to enroll up to 750 students for this fall, according to Stephanie Eccles, Excelsior Academy’s school director.

“We currently are approved for 675, but we have around 715 enrolled right now,” Eccles said.

The state charter school board has already approved funding for the current additional students. Eccles said Excelsior Academy is seeking formal approval for more students for next year.

“We’re committed to providing our education to all the students that want it,” she said.

Excelsior Academy has already received approval from both the State Charter School Board and the Utah State Board of Education to raise its enrollment to 1,215 starting in fall 2018, according to Eccles.

“According to the state, we are a highly effective school,” she said. “We consistently have a waiting list of over 400 students. I feel we have a moral obligation to give the Excelsior education to more students in the county.”

The existing Excelsior Academy school building will undergo a remodel this year and a new construction project next year in preparation for the planned…

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