10-25-2011 Special School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #20

2012-2013 Charter Applications Recommended for Approval


Brevard Public Schools received eleven (11) applications for charter schools to become operational in the 2012-2013 school year:

  • CEDAR Academy (K-2)
  • Emma Jewel Charter Academy (K-8)
  • Florida High School for Accelerated Learning Brevard County (9-12)
  • Florida Virtual Academy (K-12)
  • Legacy Academy of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (K-8)
  • Pineapple Cove Academy (K-8)
  • Odyssey Charter High School for Science, Technology, and Environmental Studies  (9-12)
  • Odyssey Space Coast Academy (K-8)
  • Somerset Academy Palm Bay (K-8)
  • Somerset Academy Palm Bay High (9-12)
  • Viera Charter School (K-8)

In accordance to Section 1002.33(6), F.S., a sponsor shall by majority vote approve or deny an application no later than sixty (60) days after the application was received by the Office of School Choice.  All eleven (11) charter applicants granted the District a thirty (30) day extension to conduct a "quality" charter application review.

Copies of the charter applications were distributed to the Charter Application Review Team for evaluation.  After completing a thorough review of each charter application, utilizing the Florida Department of Eduction (FLDOE) evaluation instrument, the Review Team met on September 14, 2011 to discuss the proposals.  In addition, the Review Team conducted interviews with three (3) of the applicants on September 22, 2011.

Pineapple Cove and Legacy Academy of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math withdrew their charter applications.

A summary of the recommendations as well as the supporting documentation will be provided to Board Members prior to the October 11, 2011 Board meeting.


Recommend the approval of the charter applications for:

  • CEDAR Academy
  • Emma Jewel Charter Academy
  • Viera Charter School

Meeting Date(s)
Information - 10/11/2011
Consent after Information10/25/2011

Authority for Action
Florida Statutes 1002.33

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom

Source of Funding
Agenda Item will not Require the Expenditure of Funds

Cost Center


Vicki Mace, Director, School Choice, x395

Attachment:  III. 2012-13 (K-8) Business Plan Emma Jewel.pdf
Attachment:  II. 2012-13 (K-8) Organizational Plan Emma Jewel 9-30-11.pdf
Attachment:  I AcademicDesign 2012-13 Emma Jewel.pdf
Attachment:  III. 2012-13 (K-8) Business Plan Viera.pdf
Attachment:  2012-13 Emma Jewel Charter Application Summary TO USE.pdf
Attachment:  II. 2012-13 Organizational Plan Viera Charter School 9-13-11.pdf
Attachment:  III. 2012-13 (K-8) Business Plan CEDAR.pdf
Attachment:  I Academic Design 2012-13 Viera Charter School.pdf
Attachment:  II. 2012-13 (K-8) Organizational Plan CEDAR Academy.pdf
Attachment:  I AcademicDesign CEDAR Academy.pdf
Attachment:  2012-13 Charter Application Summary CEDAR Academy.pdf
Attachment:  2012-13 Charter Application Summary Viera Charter.pdf