More in Schools:
By Mike Hazlip–
A new charter school approved earlier this year has purchased a vacant parcel on Antelope Road near Old Auburn Boulevard, where a new school will be constructed.
The three acre property is next to Antelope Road Christian Fellowship, and was purchased from the church, according to an email update from Councilwoman Jeannie Bruins last month. Bruins said she worked with the American River Collegiate Academy to win an appeal after the initial charter was denied by San Juan Unified School District.
Academy spokeswoman Jillayne Antoon told The Sentinel the new charter school began instruction this school year at a temporary location in Orangevale, which was selected after the school wasn’t able to find a suitable location within the city limits of Citrus Heights.
She said the academy began with distance learning, but applied for a waiver for in-person classes. The waiver was granted, and American River Collegiate Academy is currently offering kindergarten and first grade classes.
“We have been so thankful for the outpouring of support we have received from the Citrus Heights community,” Antoon said. “We are excited to be part of the fabric of this community for the long haul.”
Antoon said the school is working with the City of Citrus Heights Planning Department and has already developed a site plan for the property. She said the new campus is planned to open in 2022.
American River Collegiate Academy is part of the Rocklin Academy Family of Schools. Rocklin Academy runs five schools throughout the region, according to their website.
Antoon said the school’s Core Knowledge curriculum sets it apart from other public schools.
“Core Knowledge is a rich, engaging curriculum that highlights history from around the world, American history, science, literature and the arts, giving students a deep understanding of the world in which they live.” She said.
The Sentinel previously reported American River Collegiate Academy was granted a new charter at a packed public hearing at the Sacramento County Board of Education in February. The Citrus Heights City council voted unanimously to send a letter in support of the school.
Eventually, American River Collegiate Academy plans to offer K-12 classes by adding a grade level each year over the next twelve years, according to Antoon. An after school program is also in the works for the academy.
“Families should also know that we provide care for our students after school through our subsidized children’s program,” Antoon said. “We have found that our families appreciate the support of this program which offers a solid, full day learning option for students.”
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