School board approves classically focused charter school

LAND O’ LAKES — The Pasco County School Board has approved a five-year contract with a charter school that would provide students a classical education.

Classical Preparatory School, which plans to open in August 2014, would serve up to 342 students in kindergarten through eighth grade its first year, but plans to add a grade each year until it offers all four years of high school.

Students will be required to study subjects such as Latin, logic and moral philosophy. The school board approved the contract with the school Tuesday evening.

One of the school’s founders is Anne Corcoran, a lawyer who is the wife of state Rep. Richard Corcoran, R-Lutz.

The school doesn’t have a location yet, but had been looking at areas near the State Road 54 and State Road 56 corridors in Central Pasco.

Charter schools are publicly financed schools that charge no tuition but are privately operated.

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