Doral

Doral enters new construction phase with charter school

A rendition of the new Downtown Doral Charter Elementary School on display during the “Topping Off” ceremony Thursday Feb. 12, 2015. The elementary charter school began construction in April 2014 and is projected to open in the fall of 2015.
A rendition of the new Downtown Doral Charter Elementary School on display during the “Topping Off” ceremony Thursday Feb. 12, 2015. The elementary charter school began construction in April 2014 and is projected to open in the fall of 2015. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

The City of Doral “topped off” its soon-to-be elementary charter school Thursday, marking the completion of the steel construction phase.

Downtown Doral Charter Elementary School (DDCES) will be located at Northwest 83rd Avenue and Northwest 53rd Street. Construction began in April 2014 and is projected to open in the fall of this year.

The school, part of a 120-acre Codina Partners project of luxury condo towers, shops and restaurants, will be privately controlled and financed but publicly managed by the Miami-Dade County School Board.

The tuition-free school will accommodate about 800 Pre-K through fifth-grade students. The elementary school will mostly serve Downtown Doral area residents. The school will offer a special bilingual language program with 60 percent of classes taught in English and 40 percent in either Spanish or Portuguese.

“Downtown Doral Charter Elementary School’s mission is to provide our students with a comprehensive dual curriculum and bicultural/bilingual education through language acquisition and innovative programs, facilitated by a highly-qualified staff promoting students’ academic excellence [and] creating future world leaders,” according to the website.

Applications for the 2015-16 school year are being accepted through Feb. 20.

DDCES will be holding its final meeting Feb. 19 at noon. Call 305-569-2223 for more information.

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