FROM STAFF REPORTS
KINGSLAND — Kingsland area families could have another choice when it comes to educating their children if a charter school organization decides to open a campus in the community.
According to several Kingsland residents, Gateway College Preparatory School is considering opening a new public charter school in the lakeside community. Gateway College Prep is an open-enrollment charter school in Georgetown that offers grades K-12.
The Kingsland campus would likely be a K-8 campus, officials said.
There will be an informational meeting Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Kingsland Community Center, 3451 Rose Hill Drive, so people can learn more about the possible campus and charter schools in general.
The Georgetown school falls under the leadership of Orenda Education, a private organization developing a network of public charter schools and education support services. The Texas Legislature authorized the creation of public charter schools, which are subject to regulation under the Texas Education Agency and government codes.
“We are very excited to have Gateway considering our area,” said Meredith Lewis, owner of Tuck ’n’ Tumble in Kingsland. “There are many questions to ask, and all will be answered at the informational community meeting.”
Certified teachers teach the courses. The campus would be a no-tuition school with an open enrollment until all available spots are filled. Students receive the same state-required curriculum as other Texas public school students, officials said.
“Some may ask, ‘Why do we need to start this school?’” Lewis said. “There are many reasons, with the main reason to create another public school choice option for the families of Kingsland and the surrounding area who are looking for a school that might be a better fit for the educational and social needs of their child.”
Go to www.orendaeducation.org to learn more on Orenda or gatewaycps.schoolfusion.us for more about Gateway Preparatory School.