Charter Schools

Attorney: Miami-Dade County approves largest charter school in Florida


The school can seat up to 3,000 students and could open as early as 2015, according to an attorney.

The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners on Thursday approved a massive charter school in southwest Miami-Dade, paving the way for what could potentially be the largest charter school in Florida.

Pinecrest Academy, at up to 3,000 student stations, can seat more pupils than any other charter school in the state, said attorney and State Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, who represented the property owner.

He said the school has already received a charter from the Miami-Dade School Board, and would open at Southwest Eighth Street and Southwest 152nd Avenue in 2015 at the earliest.

“It was slated to be a shopping center, another strip mall basically,’’ he said. “So we decided a charter school instead of a strip mall.”

The school will be run by Academica, Florida’s largest charter school management company. Diaz de la Portilla said the school is designed like a college campus and will likely start off small, at about 1,100 students.

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