The Heights Foundation announces the opening of Lee County’s newest tuition-free public charter school. The Harlem Heights Community Charter School, located at The Heights Center, 15570 Hagie Drive in Fort Myers will serve kids kindergarten through grade 3. The school’s vision is to create a small school community with focused and individualized instruction where all students are valued, supported in the development of core academic skills and encouraged to challenge their learning toward excellence.
The school embraces the challenge of educating a diverse group of students. The academic and enrichment programs are research-based and carefully designed to meet the needs of students. The school will assist students through a unique multi-faceted approach to education that will prepare them to be successful in subsequent educational placements.
“The Harlem Heights Community Charter School’s organization and educational program is based on the beliefs that all students can learn and all students deserve a chance to become all they can be,” said Debra Mathinos, Director of The Harlem Heights Community Charter School. “We believe students learn at different rates and should have a variety of instructional options that meet their individual needs and learning pace.”
According to The Florida Department of Education, charter schools are among the fastest growing school choice options in Florida. Charter schools are largely free to innovate, and often provide more effective programs and choice to diverse groups of students. More than 650 charter school are available in Florida and student enrollment is nearly 270,000.
The Harlem Heights Community Charter School will welcome its first classes of kindergarten and first grade on August 10, 2016. Enrollment opportunities are available. For more information contact Debra Mathinos at (239) 482-7706 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Heights Foundation and The Harlem Heights Community Charter School
The Heights Foundation works to build self-sufficient families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood. The mission is to support education and wellness, promote family and community development, and provide the benefits of enrichment and the arts. The Harlem Heights Community Charter School, supported by The Heights Foundation, will serve children Kindergarten through Grade 3 and is designed to provide students with a developmentally appropriate, standards-based, differentiated educational experience.
Harlem Heights was originally settled as a rural agricultural community. Approximately 780 children live in a mixture of single-family homes and multi-family apartments. Demographically, the population is approximately 70% Hispanic, 20% African-American, and 8% Caucasian. The poverty rate for children in Harlem Heights is more than twice the county average, with family income 40% below the county average. Families are not able to easily access family support services located in downtown Fort Myers, and benefit greatly from programs located within the neighborhood.